Thursday, August 05, 2004

A brilliant Israeli on the UN

One of the most brilliant scions of Israel (and there are many) was Abba Eban (also see here). Born in South-Africa in 1905, he was a leader of Jews his whole life, in different capacities and circumstances. He was perhaps best known for his oratory skills, in which he combined cutting wit, supreme intelligence and very broad knowledge to expose the attitude and intentions of the world at large towards Israel.
This man said the following of the UN:
"...if the Arabs were to propose to the UN a resolution that the earth was flat, it would be passed by an overwhelming majority."
He said this 30 years ago.

Shmuel Katz notes in the Jeruzalem Post that nothing has changed since then.
He then goes into one of my favourite topics, namely the disputed territories and their current and final status. He does this well, covers the basics. It is two pages, and recommended reading.
Unsettling thoughts on occupation


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eban had more memorable and still valid remarks:
"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives."
And of course:
"The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity".

12:53 AM  

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