Israel takes rare step forward at UN

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 | 
Israel has welcomed its election as one of 21 vice-presidents of the next UN General Assembly session, describing the move as historic. It's the first time Israel has served in the post in 53 years. Jerusalem has long considered the UN an anti-Israel forum, controlled by Arab and Moslem elements, so Israeli officials see the move as a positive change. They attribute it to Israel's commitment to move forward with the peace process.

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