Seven Envoys Attend J'lem Festivities

Only seven ambassadors attended the festive gathering at the Knesset yesterday, celebrating 40 years of Jerusalem's reunification. In attendance were the ambassadors of Georgia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Congo, the Ivory Coast and Honduras. The ambassadors of European Union members, the United States and most other countries represented in Israel boycotted the event because they do not recognize the legitimacy of a unified Jerusalem.

Also absent was the chairman of Meretz, MK Yossi Beilin, and MKs from Arab parties. Beilin said that "I did not want to lie to myself and participate in this strange event honoring the unification of Jerusalem, which never took place."

There was a debate within Meretz over whether to boycott or participate in the event (MKs Zahava Gal-On and Haim Oron took part), and the party protested that it had not been given the opportunity to express its views on the unification question.