Bolton blasts UN's 'map without Israel'

US ambassor warns impression may be made that UN backs Israel's abolition.

map without israel 298 (photo credit: Courtesy photo)
map without israel 298
(photo credit: Courtesy photo)
US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton sent a letter to Sec.-Gen. Kofi Annan complaining that a map that omitted Israel was hung at an annual UN meeting. In the letter, written on January 3, and revealed on The New York Sun on Friday, Bolton wrote: "It was entirely inappropriate for this map to be used. It can be misconstrued to suggest that the United Nations tacitly supports the abolition of the state of Israel." "Given that we now have a world leader pursuing nuclear weapons who is calling for the state of Israel to be 'wiped off the map,' the issue has even greater salience," he stressed. The convention, which was attended by Annan, was conducted on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, held on November 29 - the anniversary of the 1947 date when the UN ended the British mandate over Israel, a move which effectively led to the establishment of the Jewish State six months later. The UN Chief Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric thanked Bolton on behalf of Annan for bringing the issue to his attention. He noted that the decision to put up the map was reached by a committee, and not by Annan personally. "This gives a very unfortunate impression that the United Nations favors replacing Israel by a single Palestinian state, which is not the case," Dujarric said.