Foreign Ministry takes action against resolutions of the Arab League Council

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
April 2, 2000

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem has instructed Israeli missions around the world to take firm action against the resolutions of the Arab League Council adopted in Cairo on March 28, 2000. Israeli diplomats were instructed to point out the gravity of these resolutions to the respective foreign ministries and in meetings with public and government figures throughout the world. The missions will also carry out an information and media campaign on the issue.

Instructions issued by the Foreign Ministry to its representatives abroad emphasize the fact that the call to block Jewish immigration to Israel and the imposition of a boycott on international scientific conferences to be held in Israel indicates that the Arab world has reverted to positions characteristic of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

At a time when efforts are being made to advance the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and to facilitate the withdrawal of the IDF from southern Lebanon on the basis of Security Council Resolution 425, the Arab League Council has chosen to issue declarations calling for a boycott of Israel and for tacit support of Hizbullah actions in southern Lebanon which undermine the peace process and prevent progress.

Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also act among Jewish communities and organizations, especially with regard to the Arab League resolution concerning a halt to immigration to Israel.