FM Shalom warned against the renewed attempts by the Palestinian Authority to transform the United Nations and the UN bodies into tools against Israel.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom met today with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Middle East Envoy, Alvaro de Soto. At the beginning of the meeting Foreign Minister Shalom said:
"I am pleased to note the positive change which has occurred in relations between Israel and the United Nations. This change is reflected, among others, in the convening of an emergency session of the Security Council and the statement by the President of the Security Council condemning the Hizbullah attack on our northern border, in the appointment of the Israeli ambassador as a Vice-President of the upcoming General Assembly, and in the special session of the UN General Assembly commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps.
"It is precisely because of this that I would like to warn against the renewed attempts by the Palestinian Authority to transform the United Nations and the UN bodies into tools against Israel. The Palestinian initiative to hold a special discussion in the UN General Assembly on the issue of the security fence is no more than an attempt to internationalize the conflict and to malign Israel. Such a step runs counter to the interests of the international community as well as the interests of both Israelis and Palestinians, because is harms the positive atmosphere which can and should develop around the Disengagement Plan.
"Israel expects the UN member states not to lend support to this move by the Palestinians and to exert their influence on the Palestinian leadership to act responsibly as a partner to our efforts to ensure that the disengagement should serve as an instrument to promote hope and peace."