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Israel's U.N Rep Lancry: "Arab-Muslim Block-Defensive!"

By Gad Nahshon

"Since '11-9', the Arab-Muslim block of 56 countries in the U.N. is one the defensive. That's an important change which makes Israel's life much easier. The U.N. discusses international terrorism. It discusses the way to combat terrorism about counter-terrorism. But everyone knows that we mean Arab or Muslim terrorism. We should not generalize. Not every Muslim country promotes terrorism," remarked Dr. Yehuda Lancry, Israel's successful and effective permanent representative in the U.N.

Lancry has the needed senses and qualities to function successfully in this anti-Israeli den in which western countries are a minority. Dr. Lancry sees some lights in the U.N.'s tunnel: "Countries such as Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya and even Egypt became very defensive. We should recall that most terrorists of 9-11 were Egyptians or from Saudi. But we had to be on alert because these countries attempted to push the pendulum to Israel, as if the terrorism is linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that terrorists are just a response to Arab's frustration. But President Bush's address changed the situation because he stated, clearly, that there is not a 'good terror' and 'bad terror.' A terrorist is a terrorist and not a so-called freedom fighter."

Dr. Lancry reinforced his notion of the defensive posture of the anti-Israeli camp by pointing out that many Arab or Muslim countries which usually rush to speak in the security council against Israel suddenly disappeared. These countries kept a low profile since terrorism is, today, the center of the U.N. activities and Kofi Annan is the leader.

Dr. Lancry also explained that even the condemnations of Arab terror is stronger than in the past. One more example of the change: many European countries tend not to support Arabs or Palestinians. Dr. Lancry asked the U.N. to discuss the issue of Palestinian terror. He was successful, many European countries such as Britain and Germany refused to support the Muslim-Arab camp. Out of 150 countries in the General Assembly only 110 supported the Arabs: "It shows that with some intensive hard work we can erode the anti-Israeli camp in the U.N.," stated Dr. Lancry, who also enriched himself with more hope and optimism when he learned that an Israeli candidate to a U.N. human rights commission, Dr. Robik Saible, managed to get the support of 83 countries out of 160.

Perhaps this new tending of erosion in the anti-Israeli camp in the U.N. will not disappear enjoying Israel with fair trial.


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