United Nations: Protecting the Palestinians

Protecting the Palestinians

Israel's troubles with the U.N. keep growing. Last week Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar proposed a direct Security Council role in protecting Palestinians in the occupied territories. In a report ordered by the council after 20 Arabs were killed by Israeli forces on Jerusalem's Temple Mount last month, Perez de Cuellar suggested the 164 nations that signed the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention convene to discuss ways to prevent human-rights violations in the territories, including the designation of a "protecting power" for the Palestinians.

That idea puts the U.S. in a difficult situation. Supporting the proposals could alienate Washington's longtime ally, but...

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