Israeli officials expected the usual criticism against Israel as in former years as the United Nations began its annual debate on the Palestinian issue. It has been an annual UN tradition to pass 20 or more resolutions against Israel on Nov. 29, the day of the historic vote on the Partition Plan establishing the Jewish state. This year, Israeli diplomats at the UN have managed to take off the agenda one of the anti-Israel resolutions and are negotiating a weaker language for other resolutions condemning Israel. The resolutions, which are put forward by Arab and Muslim members of the UN, are non-binding. Israel's ambassador to the UN, Dan Gillerman, will not attend the planned festivities for the day. “I will not participate in this charade,” he said. “I will allow them to express their complaints and demonstrate to the world how stuck they are in the past, with their tedious speeches.”
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