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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

United States Vetoed Anti-Israel Measure in the Security Council

The U.S. Tuesday vetoed a Security Council resolution, backed by Islamic and nonaligned nations, demanding that Israel back off its threat to deport Arafat. Eleven Council members voted in favor of the measure, while Britain, Germany, and Bulgaria abstained. U.S. UN Ambassador John Negroponte said the resolution failed to include "a robust condemnation of acts of terrorism; an explicit condemnation of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Aksa Martyrs Brigades as organizations responsible for acts of terrorism; and a call for the dismantlement of infrastructure, which supports these terror operations."

Israeli UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman said after the vote, "This was a resolution which in a very macabre way criticized the victims of terror rather than the perpetrators of terror."

Asked if Jerusalem would take the vote as a green light to expel Mr. Arafat, Mr. Gillerman said: "The Israeli cabinet has decided in principle that Yasir Arafat is an obstacle to peace and he should be removed. The Israeli cabinet and Israel do not seek a green or amber light from anyone."

He added, "It will do what is necessary when necessary in order to protect its people." New York Times.