A Critical Analysis of Security Council Resolution 1073
October 1, 1996
The resolution takes as its basis the letter of the Saudi representative
regarding the “action by the Government of Israel to open a tunnel in the
vicinity of Al Aqsa Mosque”. This is in fact a distortion of the situation
as the tunnel is an archeological site which has nothing to do with the
The resolution ignores the letter of Israel’s permanent representative,
to the UN Secretary General, on this very subject and at the outset
constitutes a one-sided approach to the issue.
The resolution mentions the “consequent results” of the tunnel’s opening
and as such ignores the the campaign of incitement and vilification on the
part of the Palestinian Council and several Arab states which engendered
the current outbreak of violence.
While the Security Council expresses its “deep concern” over the deaths
of Palestinian civilians and “concern” over the violent clashes between the
Israeli Army and the Palestinian Police, nowhere does this resolution
express “concern”, deep or otherwise, regarding the blatant violation by
the Palestinian Police of the Agreements between Israel and the
Palestinians. Not only did the Palestinian Police not exercise effective
control to prevent violence, there were repeated instances when Palestinian
Policemen joined rampaging mobs and fired on Israeli positions with the
very weapons that were supposed to be used to keep order, causing the
killing of 15 Israeli soldiers and policemen and the wounding of more than
It should be noted that the violence in the territories was instigated
and encouraged in a cynical and calculated manner by the leadership of the
Palestinian Council as well as other states in the region. Israel has not,
nor will it ever, undertake or countenance any action which would damage
the holy sites of any religion in Jerusalem, or in any other locale under
its jurisdiction. The members of the Security Council as well as the
Palestinian Council are well aware of this. Nevertheless, the resolution is
silent about the distortions and incitement which were aimed at Israel in
the days prior to the violence in the territories and which set the stage
for its outbreak. Furthermore, the resolution does not call upon those who
engaged in this dangerous incitement to desist from it in the future.
It must be stated that this resolution is also silent regarding those
who actually resorted to violence. The Palestinian Police and Security
Services who were armed by virtue of the agreement between Israel and the
Palestinians and are charged with keeping order in the areas under
Palestinian jurisdiction. Instead they turned these weapons on Israeli
soldiers and police, without any provocation, in what can only be described
as an horrendous abuse of the trust with which they were invested and the
powers which they were granted. None of this finds any expression in the
One can only, and sadly, conclude from this resolution that the Security
Council has sent a message that artificially generated violence achieves
political advantage and rewards those who cynically endanger human lives
and the cause of peace in the Middle East.
In Nederland is Likoed geen politieke partij maar een vereniging.
Voorlopers van Likoed Nederland maakten sinds 1930 onderdeel uit van de Nederlandse Zionistenbond. Die is in 1899 opgericht om het zionisme in Nederland te bevorderen. In 1992 is die omgevormd naar de Federatie Nederlandse Zionisten en is Likoed Nederland een zelfstandige vereniging geworden.