ADL Welcomes U.N. Vote to Reject International Force in Israel
New York, NY, December 19, 2000 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
welcomed the United Nations Security Council rejection of a Palestinian
resolution to send an international force as a buffer between Israel and the
Palestinian Authority. The United States, Argentina, Britain, Canada, France,
the Netherlands and Russia abstained from the vote.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We welcome the rejection of this highly political resolution to send an
international observer force to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This
resolution is part of a campaign by the Palestinian Authority to score
points against Israel on the international stage rather than dealing
seriously with the crisis on the ground. Such a force would serve no
practical purpose. It would do little to promote peace and security for
Israelis and Palestinians and will only serve to exacerbate existing
tensions and possibly prolong the violence.
Supporters of Israel were outraged by recent Security Council actions
regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We are pleased that the Security
Council resisted this detrimental resolution. We particularly appreciate the
efforts of the United States and its Ambassador Richard Holbrooke for
steadfastly opposing the concept of an international force.
We hope that the Security Council will now take a constructive role and
push for Palestinian efforts to seriously and consistently quell the
violence on the ground and genuinely commit to reconciliation with Israel.
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