HOUSSAM ASAAD DIAB (Lebanon) said the Israeli representative had chosen to forget that his country occupied Arab lands, contrary to the United Nations Charter, international law and international humanitarian law. Resistance to occupation was not terrorism as described by the Israeli delegate. He spoke of an Israeli attack on a United Nations outpost in which Lebanese civilians who had sought refuge there had been casualties.
Mr. JACOB (Israel) said the fact that Syria and Lebanon were the only countries to vote against the text spoke volumes about their position. He expressed appreciation to the Chairman of the Sixth Committee for the achievements of the session which could be built upon. He said the success showed the spirit of professionalism that prevailed during the session.
Mr. OBEID (Syria) pointed out that his delegation had abstained in the vote. He said no international terrorism compared with Israel’s. He noted that the Economic and Social Council had this morning condemned the violations of human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel.
Mr. DIAB (Lebanon) said it was regrettable that the representative of Israel had not understood their abstention in the vote, which did not mean that they were opposed to it. Their abstention was a reflection of their regret that the text did not distinguish between terrorist acts and actions against foreign occupation. The text “opened doors to wrong interpretations by occupying forces”. That distinction must be drawn, he said.