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Friday, September 16, 2005

Israel Receives Warm Reception At UN

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(National Post) UNITED NATIONS - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon yesterday received the warmest applause in decades for an Israeli leader addressing the UN General Assembly, a sign the Gaza pullout is seen by an increasing number of countries as a catalyst for peace.

While the reception was far from a standing ovation, many noted it contrasted with the polite clapping of past years in the chamber, where large Muslim- and Arab-led majorities have passed hundreds of resolutions against Israel over the conflict with the Palestinian people.

Although the Gaza pullout is seen by many as unpopular (something understandable, especially if you were the one to lose your house) Ariel Sharon's gamble seems to be paying off, at least diplomatically. Although their continues to be a huge influx of weapons entering from Egypt to Gaza, (something the PA will have to halt if it desires to be seen as peace seeking) Sharon has gained new allies in the Middle East, as both Pakistan and the UAE have established ties with the Jewish state.

(National Post) the Gaza withdrawal, completed this week after 38 years of Israeli military presence in the coastal strip, has already led to warming ties with Europe. It has also made Mr. Sharon one of the most sought-after leaders at this week's summit, and leaders of Muslim countries are among those holding meetings with him.

Mr. Sharon spoke ahead of a private meeting with Prime Minister Paul Martin and a day after meeting Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, leader of Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country.

Sharon was also able to shake hands with the President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, a clear sign that relations between the two nuclear powers are becoming warmer. Ariel Sharon also mentioned his acceptance of a Palestinian state, although Abbas will have to prove his willingness for peace in the region first as there are fears that Al Qaeda may have infiltrated Gaza.

Editor's note: Iran was not too pleased with the speech, however, although Jihad Watch notes that Iran's received the cold shoulder at the UN which probably goes to show their popularity internationally. Ariel Sharon did mention that the Israeli wall was basically "here to stay," which made the PA Observer (they do not have UN status yet) very upset.

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