Several Arab nations clashed with Israel on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (2 December) over the Palestinian question.
GV & SV United Nations General Assembly and delegates.
SV Mr. Yehuda Blum of Israel speaking in English as delegates listen.
GV Delegates in Assembly.
SV Mr. Bechir Chebaane of Tunisia speaking in French.
SV Delegate in Assembly.
SV Mr. Fakhoury of Lebanon speaking in Arabic.
TRANSCRIPT: BLUM: "One only needs to look at the fraternal and friendly rendevous of Syrian and Jordanian tanks on their common border to see yet another illustration of these conflicts. All of them keep the Arab countries and their neighbours in a state of tension and turbulence. What these conflicts have in common is that they exist independently of the Arab-Israel conflict. They each have a genesis of their own and a dynamic of their own. Thus, the assertion, parroted uncritically here and elsewhere that the Arab-Israel dispute is at the core of instability in the region, is demonstrably false."
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Background: Several Arab nations clashed with Israel on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (2 December) over the Palestinian question. Arab delegates called upon the Assembly to expel Israel and enforce a resolution curbing the proliferation of Israeli settlements on the West Bank. Israel's representative, Yehuda Blum rejected suggestions that the Arab-Israeli dispute was the core of instability in the Middle East. He cited tension between Arab neighbours Syria and Jordan as evidence of this.
SYNOPSIS: The Palestinian debate reached crucial stage when Israel's representative Yehuda Blum, made a thinly veiled attacked on Arab delegates.
In reply, most Arab delegates who spoke in the debate called for the UN to suspend Israel from the General Assembly because of its actions on the West Bank. Tunisia's representative, Bechir Chebaane, criticised Israeli expulsion of West Bank mayors and other measures taken against Palestinians by Israel's occupation forces.
Mr. Chebaane claimed Israeli activities on the West Bank were well known and charged that the only crime of the Palestinians was to say no to the occupation.
Many delegates spoke of calling on the United Nations to enforce the resolution agreed upon to stop further Israeli settlements along the West Bank. Lebanon's representative, Mr. Fakhoury, warned that peace in the tension-filled Middle East would not be possible until the resolution was enforced.
Mr. Fakhoury argued that implementation of the resolution would enable the Palestinians to return to their homeland. He warned Israel that it was futile to try to exterminate a people.