New U.S. UN Stance Changes the Debate on Israel

(JTA) - Last Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Negroponte said the United States would only seriously consider Security Council resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that: Condemn terrorism and incitement Explicitly denounce Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Al-Aksa Brigade Call for all parties to pursue a negotiated settlement Recognize that Israeli withdrawal to pre-intifada lines is connected to the improvement of the security situation "This is an attempt to eliminate one-sided Security Council resolutions," a U.S. official said. "We would not be willing to entertain a text unless those elements - and not one or two of them, but all of those elements - are included," said the U.S. official. Speaking last week to Hadassah, Ambassador Negroponte said: An "increasing number of countries" are "wary of supporting resolutions that are out of touch with the reality of the conflict." "My job is conveying to the UN membership that the United States' unshakable commitment to Israel can help straighten a crooked course for everyone." "At long last, there will be a sense of fair treatment and no double standards," said Mortimer Zuckerman, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

2002-07-31 00:00:00

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