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Israel Expects U.S. to Veto Fahd Plan if Saudis Bring It to Security Council

November 10, 1981
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Israel expects that the United States will oppose Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Fahd’s eight-point Mideast peace plan should the Saudis bring the plan before the United Nations Security Council, Yehuda Blum, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, told Israeli reporters here today.

Blum cited recent statements by top Reagan Administration officials reiterating the U.S. commitment to the Camp David accords and Security Council resolution 242 as the basis for a settlement in the Mideast. Israel, therefore, can expect that the U.S. will reject the Saudi plan if it comes for endorsement before the Security Council, Blum said, because the Saudi plan “is incompatible with Camp David and resolution 242.”

Blum said that in his view the Saudis will attempt to have the Security Council adopt the eight-point peace plan, which was proposed by Prince Fahd last August. The plan, which has received a great deal of media coverage in the last ten days, calls for total Israeli withdrawal from all the territories Israel captured in 1967, including East Jerusalem; the establishment of an independent Palestinian State in the West Bank with East Jerusalem as its capital; and the right of states in the area to live in peace.

Blum said, however, that the Saudis’ intention to introduce the Fahd plan to the Security Council will be decided in the upcoming Arab League meeting in Fez, Morocco, scheduled for Nov. 23-28. Press reports from Riyadh last week quoted Prince Saud, the Saudi Foreign Minister, as saying that his country would seek a UN General Assembly endorsement of the Fahd peace plan and through the Assembly seek a Security Council meeting on the subject.

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