On Monday (December 8), the United Nations General Assembly heard Israel criticise Arab military expenditure and Jordan claim the Arab world was at the financial mercy of Israel and its supporters.
GV INTERIOR United Nations General Assembly in session
SV Israeli Permanent Representative Yehuda Blum with delegates listening (3 shots)
SV United States delegation listening
SV Ambassador Blum continuing speech (2 shots)
SV Jordan's Permanent Representative Dr. Hazem Nuseibeh speaking in English (3 shots)
GV ZOOM SV Bahrain's Permanent Representative Dr. Salman Mohamed Al-Saffar speaking in Arabic
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: BLUM: "Over the last year, Syria's military expenditure increased by almost 55 per cent, so that it now constitutes more than half of its annual budget. If we take the battle orders of Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia alone, we find that in certain spheres, including manpower, airpower, artillery and tanks, they are larger than those of NATO. Such quantities of arms give the whole region the character of a tinderbox, which could go up in flames, if one reckless move were made. Mr. President, this frightening spectacle grows all the worse in the light of the attempts being made, notably by Iraq and Libya, to go nuclear. Both of these countries are rich in oil resources and therefore cannot validly claim to have an urgent need for nuclear energy to fuel their economy."
SEQ. 5: NUSEIBEH: "The Zionists want the Arab world to remain impoverished, exploited and under the mercy of Zionist finance and ambition. The total revenues of the entire Arab world of 150 million souls, including petroleum revenues, farming, mining, work and soil are less than the gross national product, or equal to the gross national product of a medium-seized European state. And yet their contribution to international economic aid by far exceeds the 0.003 of one per cent of the industrial nations. The Arab assistance has already reached 5 per cent, even though the relatively reasonable prices that have been fixed on petroleum have only been in existence for a mere four to five years."
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Background: On Monday (December 8), the United Nations General Assembly heard Israel criticise Arab military expenditure and Jordan claim the Arab world was at the financial mercy of Israel and its supporters. The annual debate on the Middle East has been curtailed to deal only with the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel's Ambassador Yehuda Blum was disapproved o the restriction. He cited the Gulf war, and Soviet intervention in Afghanistan among many causes of tension, saying recently increased Arab military spending had turned the region into a tinderbox.
SYNOPSIS: The first speaker was Ambassador Blum. Jordan's Ambassador Dr. Hazem Nuseibeh then replied.
Another speaker in Monday's (8 December) Middle East debate was Bahrain's Ambassador Dr. Salman Mohamed Al-Saffar. He charged that Israeli settlements and changes in the status of Jerusalem which have declared the entire city to be part of Israel, are all obstacles to peace The debate recesses on Tuesday (16 December).