Question of Palestine home
3 December 1985
Agenda items 38 and 129
THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
MEASURES TO PREVENT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM
WHICH ENDANGERS OR TAKES INNOCENT HUMAN LIVES
OR JEOPARDIZES FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS AND STUDY
OF THE UNDERLYING CAUSES OF THOSE FORMS OF
TERRORISM AND ACTS OF VIOLENCE WHICH LIE IN
MISERY, FRUSTRATION, GRIEVANCE AND DESPAIR
AND WHICH CAUSE SOME PEOPLE TO SACRIFICE
HUMAN LIVES, INCLUDING THEIR OWN, IN AN
ATTEMPT TO EFFECT RADICAL CHANGES
Letter dated 2 December 1985 from the Permanent Representative of Israel
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General
Much has been made recently of the PLO's alleged intention to "limit" terrorist attacks to the "occupied territories".
Two things come to mind immediately. First, the obvious:
justifies terrorism, not even its geographical limitation. The slaughter of innocents, the butchering of children and the murder of the elderly are evils wherever they take place.
But there is a second, less obvious, point. How does the PLO define "occupied territory"? Many rushed to interpret Arafat's recent statement on this matter as referring to Judea, Samaria and Gaza. But what does the PLO say?
In an interview with the BBC on 10 November 1985, Abu Iyad, head of Fatah's military department, said, "When we say occupied Palestine ... we consider all Palestine as occupied ... Our resistance will be everywhere inside the territory and that is not defined in terms of the West Bank and Gaza alone."
Another PLO leader, Farouk Qaddoumi, told the French daily
Quotidien de Paris
that "Israel is occupied territory ... whether it was conquered in 1967 or earlier in 1948 ... We speak of all the territory that is Palestine."
By the PLO's own admission, then, its aim remains the liquidation of
of Israel, considered "occupied territory" in its entirety. The PLO's brutal method, terrorism, is therefore applicable throughout Israel. Here are two examples in the last month alone that illustrate the PLO's unrestricted policy of murder:
On 13 November 1985 a bomb exploded in a Haifa market crowded with shoppers. The PLO claimed responsibility over Baghdad radio.
On 25 November 1985 Baruch Jahan was stabbed while shopping in Jerusalem, the third such stabbing in three weeks. (Significantly, the PLO leader Abu Jihad told the Gulf daily
on 18 November 1985 "that stabbing and strangulation are part of the armed struggle".)
In PLO parlance, then, "armed struggle" is a euphemism for terrorism and "occupied territory" is a substitute for the State of Israel within any borders.
I have the honour to request that this letter be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly, under agenda items 38 and 129, and of the Security Council.
) Benjamin NETANYAHU