Israel Brings Anti-Terrorism Resolution to U.N.
Israel, the target of hundreds of critical U.N. resolutions, introduced on Tuesday its first initiative before the 191-member General Assembly in more than a quarter-century, a resolution condemning attacks against Israeli children by Palestinian suicide bombers. This is a shift in strategy at the United Nations by Israel, which has sought to avoid engaging in a forum that is traditionally sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. Israel is also considering pressing the Security Council to consider passing a resolution condemning new suicide attacks against Israeli citizens, Israel’s deputy U.N. ambassador to the United Nations, Arye Meckel, said in an interview Tuesday. The diplomatic campaign reflects a calculation by Israeli diplomats that U.N. members will be hard-pressed to oppose an anti-terrorism resolution. “We are testing the waters,” said an Israeli official who asked not to be identified. “We believe that there is less tolerance for terrorism.” Full Story