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Israeli Cabinet Minister Raps U.S. for Abstaining in UN Vote

August 22, 1980
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Israel’s Transportation Minister Haim Landau today sharply criticized the American failure last night to veto the anti-Israel resolution on Jerusalem in the UN Security Council.

Landau, who is in the United States on a tour for Israel Bonds, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here in a telephone interview that “we are disappointed once again with the American stand, abstaining on an anti-Israel resolution in the Security Council. “He said that the “disappointment” with the U.S. goes back to last March “when the U.S. abstained on a Security Council resolution which defined Jerusalem as occupied Arab territory and asked that Israel dismantle everything which it built in East Jerusalem.”

The Israeli Minister charged that the U.S. abstention last night was the result of an “unholy alliance between an oil thirsty country and blood thirsty countries.” He accused the U.S. of forsaking its ally, Israel. Landau concluded: “It must be clear: There is one Jerusalem with one sovereign in it. Those who protest against the new low adopted by the Knesset are aiming at a divided Jerusalem. We are in Jerusalem and we shall be there forever.”

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