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November 07, 1975 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-11-07

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24 November 7, 1975


Ford Rejects PLO as Herzog Denounces UN Hypocrisy

(Continued from Page 1)

bassador to the United
Nations, Chaim lierzog, de-
replied, "that of course clared, "You can either take
would have to be decided in your place in history as hav-
any overall settlement." He ing voted for a negotiating
also said that '"the parties process leading toward
who will actually do the peace or as having voted for
negotiating are those par- the PLO policy calling for
ties within the area in an the destruction of Israel and
overall settlement, and it rejecting any process of ne-
would certainly be inappro- gotiation or compromise out
priate for me, under these of hand."
Herzog, who followed the
circumstances, to make any
commitment. That is for PLO representative Farouk
Kaddoumi on the rostrum,
them to negotiate."
Addressing the opening said that Israel's unquali-
session of the General As- fied opposition to the PLO
sembly's debate on the Pa- and its proposals did not im-
lestine issue, Israel's Am- ply that it does not recog-
nize the existence of a Pales-
tine Arab problem. In that
connection he cited the re-
lessons for beginners
marks of Israel's Foreign
Minister Yigal Allon to the
Strategy lessons for
General Assembly last
intermediate players
month that Israel was
aware of the Palestinian
He reiterated that it was
Israel's view that the prob-
Discount on
lem should be solved in the
context of a peace settle-
ment between Israel and
Weekly Thurs.
Herzog said that the
Eve Tournaments
PLO was calling for Is-

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sanctions against it "and
in fact, every device calcu-
lated to destroy a member
nation." He asked, "Is
there any country repre-
sented in this hall that
would agree to treat with a
body whose sole declared
purpose was to destroy it
and whose aim was to
draw concessions so that
its destruction would be
so much easier?"

The Israeli envoy said
that every word in the pro-
posals of the PLO "is de-
signed for one purpose and
one purpose only, namely to
block and obstruct any move
which would be founded on
a recognition of Israel's
right to exist and which
would envisage an overall
solution of the problems in
the Middle East based on
compromise and mutual
Pointing out that the PLO
objected strongly to the in-
terim accord between Israel
and Egypt, Herzog said that
agreement "reflects the only
approach which gives any
hope for an advance toward
peace while the PLO is the
proponent of a resolution
for the destruction of Is-
Herzog rejected as ludi-
crous Egyptian President
Anwar Sadat's call on the
General Assembly last week
to accord the PLO full rep-
resentative status at the
Geneva peace conference on
an equal footing with all
other participants. He noted
that the Geneva conference
was created within the
framework of Security
Council Resolution 338
which bases itself on Reso-
lution 242.

"This resolution is unre-
servedly rejected by the
PLO," Herzog stated.
"Indeed, not even the gov-
ernment of Syria has ac-
cepted Security Council
Resolution 242. A specious
argument put forward to
the effect that the presence
of the PLO at the Geneva
conference would in itself
imply an acceptance of 242
and recognition of the
state of Israel is com-
pletely invalid when seen
against the realities of the
situation," Herzog said.

He noted furthermore
that the question of partici-
pation in the Geneva confer-
ence is dependent upon the
agreement of all states that
are parties in the confer-

27 27

With respect to the PLO's
demand for a secular state
in Palestine in which Mos-
lems, Christians and Jews
would live together, Herzog
asked, "If they believe so
much in democracy and sec-
ularism, why has no demo-
cratic secular state risen so
far in the Arab world?"
He noted that PLO activi-
ties have been curtailed in
most Arab countries except
in Lebanon "with the cata-
strophic and tragic results
which are evident for us all
to see today."
He said that "History will
recall too that an entire
Christian community (in
Lebanon) faced mortal peril
while the world looked on in
silence and the only voice
raised in this hall was the
voice raised by Israel."
Referring to the General
Assembly's built-in major-
ity that automatically op-
posed Israel, Herzog ob-
sersed that at least 30
percent of the Assembly's
time is devoted to a small
country (Israel) of three
million people.

"This Assembly will live
in infamy," he said, be-
cause while Lebanon is
bleeding to death the Gen-
eral Assembly is becoming
"an instrument of political
warfare against Israel."

The Israeli envoy is lobby-
ing vigorously against the
PLO proposals. He met with
representatives of the nine
European Common Market
countries and a forum of
Latin American countries.
Meanwhile, Israel has regis-
tered to speak almost every
day during the course of the
Palestine debate.
Farouk Kaddoumi, head
of the Palestine Liberation
Organization delegation,
called on the General As-
sembly to take "effective
and operational measures"
to eliminate Zionism and
the state of Israel.
He opened the Assemb-
bly's debate on the Palestine
issue with a bitter attack on
"the Zionist enemy and its
imperialist ally, the United

The PLO spokesman
reiterated its demand for
the establishment of a sec-
ular,*democratic state in
all of Palestine, denounced

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ported that the Royal Cana-
dian Mountain Police is
investigating an alledged
conspiracy by Palestinians
to commit acts of terrorism
at the 1976 Olympic Games
in Montreal.
Some 14 Arabs in Canada
were said to be prepared to
provide food, shelter, weap-
ons, and hiding places for
terrorists infiltrating the
Suspects in the investiga-
tion reportedly include a
former employe of the
Olympic organizing com-
mittee, a bomb expert who
supported the PLO before
moving to Canada, and two
men reportedly living in the
Windsor area.

the step-by-step approach
to a Middle East settle-
ment as doomed to failure
and indicated that the
PLO would not be a party
to the Geneva peace con-
ference as long as it was
based on resolutions that
ignored the rights of Pa-

abian capital of Riyadh,
where he met King Ka-
haled and top officials.

French sources explained
that the decision was taken
as part of the French thesis
that no settlement in the
Middle East can be achieved
without the Palestinians'
participation. The French
Kaddoumi castigated the also claim that the authori-
U.S. which, he claimed zation only gives legal sta-
"actually serves the Zionist tus to a PLO bureau which
policy of aggression by sus- has been operating in Paris
taining the Israeli entity for some years now as part
through infusions of billions of the Arab League.
of dollars and sophisticated
The French also believe
military equipment."
the new status granted the
But he hailed the Soviet Palestinians will make
Union as "our friend who France immune from ter-
opposes Israeli aggression" rorist attacks.
and praised France for rec-
There were immediate
ognizing the PLO. He urged protests, and French politi-
other European countries to cians said the issue would
do the same.
be discussed in the French
The PLO representative parliament.
blamed the current civil
strife in Lebanon on Zion-
ists and other enemies of
the Palestinians.
In Paris, the French gov-
ernment authorized the Pa-
lestine Liberation Organiza-
tion to open a permanent
information and liaison bu-
reau. The decision was re-
portedly taken by French
President Valery Giscard
d'Estaing personally.
"Every One
Although the PLO repre-
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sentatives will not enjoy
diplomatic privileges and
status, the French authori-
zation is seen as a semi-offi-
cial recognition of the ter-
rorist organization.


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annourced on the eve of
Giscard d'Estaing's forth-
coming official visits to
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