|KIRKPATRICK BLASTS UN'S ANTI-SEMITISM
The Jerusalem Post
|Reminiscing on her four-year tenure at the United Nations under Ronald Reagan, former US Ambassador to the UN Jeane Kirkpatrick said this week that while serving at the international body, "I felt for the first time in my life that I could understand
how the Holocaust happened."
Kirkpatrict, who headed the US mission to the UN from 1981-1985, criticized the UN's "nearly unbelievably insulting and out-rageous" treatment of Israel during a keynote speech at the Zionist Organization of American 2002 Justice Louis D. Brandeis
Award Dinner, held Sunday evening in New York.
"The United Nations hasn't really improved much in the years since I was there, and it hasn't really improved much at all with respect to Israel," said Kirkpatrick. She said that when she first began attending Security Council and General Assembly sessions
as America's ambassador, "I was very deeply shocked by the simple anti-Semitism that pervaded the place." The anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment she was exposed to at the world body was "mysterious," and "very, very strange," she said.
"We need to speak out about the calumny spoken at the UN," she said, noting that in addition to condemning anti-Jewish hatred emanating from Arab countries, Western European nations, such as France, should be taken to task for failing to halt anti-Semitism at home."
"We must tell the truth. We must tell the world about what happens that is dangerous to the people of Israel and the Jews of
Kirkpatrick praised Israel for taking risks for peace numerous times during its half-century history. "The state of Israel has
taken more risks for peace than any state in the world, and has received very few rewards for those risks for peace," she said.
ZOA president Morton Klein made the case against the creation of a Palestinian state in his speech. "If a Palestinian state is established, it will be the first time in history that a state is established not to benefit the people of that state but to destroy
another state," he said.