Israel rejects UN Council censure motion

Israel last night [January 1] virtually rejected the Security Council’s unanimous resolution censuring it for last Saturday’s [December 28] attack on Beirut airport. It described the resolution as a reflection of the ‘moral, political and juridical bankruptcy of the world body’. The Israeli delegate’s response was also seen as an indication that Israel would defy the recommendation that reparations be paid to Lebanon for the damage done to planes and installations at Beirut airport. The Security Council earlier condemned Israel for its pre-mediated action in violation of its obligation under the Charter and the cease-fire resolution and considered that such acts of violence endangered the maintenance of peace. Issuing a ‘solemn warning’ to Israel that if such acts were repeated the Council would have to consider further steps to give effect to its decisions, the Council also considered that Lebanon was entitled to appropriate redress for the destruction suffered, the responsibility for which has been acknowledged by Israel.

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