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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Israel calls for end to hostility at United Nations

--posted by Tony Garcia on 8/17/2005

This story is from The SwissInfo.org.
The Gaza pullout should mark an end to U.N. hostility against Israel, a top Israeli diplomat said on Monday, urging the world body to support the withdrawal as a historic move towards peace.

The call by Israeli U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman came as thousands of Jewish settlers began to leave Gaza, ending Israel's 38-year occupation of the coastal strip, the first step in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to "disengage" from conflict with the Palestinians.

The comments echoed previous calls by Israel and the United States, its closest ally, to halt the litany of anti-Israel resolutions passed by the U.N. General Assembly each year and dismantle the extensive bureaucracy built up around the Palestinian cause.

"It is time for the United Nations to acknowledge Israel's actions," Gillerman told a news conference. "We hope that in the United Nations there will be no more business as usual as far as the Middle East is concerned ... No more Israel-bashing, no more ongoing resolutions which keep repeating themselves time after time."

I think that Israel's request is reasonable. I have mixed feelings about the Gaza Strip pullout, but since that was the agreement Israel should abide by it. The flip side is the the United Nations should shut up regarding Israel, should stop protecting the Middle East countries from criticism and support retaliation in grand scale if Palestine violates the peace agreements.

So, if the violence continues I support the complete elimination of the Palestinian "state" by Israel.


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