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Ben-meir; Arab Attempts to Suspend Israel from UN is Bound to Fail

October 20, 1982
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Yehuda Ben-Meir, Israel’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, said today he believes that the current attempts by the Arabs to suspend Israel from the United Nations General Assembly will fail. He said that the United States along with the “entire free world” are opposing this attempt.

Speaking at a press conference at the Israel Consulate here, Ben-Meir said Israel will strongly oppose any attempts to exclude it from the UN or UN agencies.

“Israel has no intention of giving in to terrorism around the world or to political terrorism at the UN,” he said, noting that Libya and Iran, “the two great peace-loving nations,” are spearheading the drive to suspend Israel on the ground that Israel is not “a peace-loving nation,” a reference to a statement adopted by the General Assembly last February after Israel annexed the Golan Heights.

Ben-Meir said he arrived for a 10-day visit in the U.S. to lecture on behalf of Israel Bonds. He said he does not plan to meet with American officials during his visit here. He stressed, however, the relations between the U.S., and Israel are friendly again after a period of sharp difference between the two nations.

He said that Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s talks in Washington last week contributed to “reestablishing the friendly atmosphere” between Jerusalem and Washington.

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