United Nations: Freed of An Albatross

Freed of An Albatross

Applause swept through the General Assembly hall as the vote flashed on the electronic tally board: 111 to 25. By that sweeping majority, the United Nations revoked the resolution equating Zionism with racism, eliminating Israel's main reason for resenting the world body. Said a jubilant Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy: "It ends a conspiracy to distort the truth."

The resolution was devised in 1975 by the U.S.S.R. to win Arab fealty against the U.S. in the superpower struggle for dominance in the Middle East. But the end of the cold war and the eruption of the gulf war dramatically altered U.N....

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