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TELEGRAM March 29, 2004
To: No Action Addressee
From: AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 903 - UNKNOWN)
Subject: UAE: REACTION TO U.S. VETO ON RESOLUTION CONDEMNING
C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 00903
INFO: RSO AMB DCM P/M ECON
OO RUEHC RUEHDE RUEHXK RUCNDT
DE RUEHAD #0903 0891224
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 291224Z MAR 04
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3746
INFO RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 1176
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 3893 C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 000903
STATE FOR NEA/FO, NEA/ARP, NEA/IAI
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/28/2009
SUBJECT: UAE: Reaction to U.S. veto on resolution
Ref: State 67064
Classified by Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba, reasons
1.5 (b) and (d).
1. (C) Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for
Foreign Affairs Shaykh Hamdan bin Zayed told the
Ambassador that the March 25 U.S. veto on the
resolution condemning Israel for Shaykh Ahmed Yassin's
death was a "very disturbing development," and added
that the primary goal should now be to calm the
situation. The Ambassador said a veto could have been
avoided had the resolution been balanced and not one-
sided. While the resolution condemned the killing of
Shaykh Yassin, the leader of HAMAS, it did not condemn
HAMAS, which has promoted terror and violence.
2. (C) Shaykh Yassin's assassination and the
subsequent U.S. veto on the resolution condemning
Israel have been the major topics at majlises, coffee
shops, classrooms, and in newspapers. Our contacts
say that the veto will encourage Israel to go ahead
and kill other leaders of HAMAS, and possibly even
Arafat. The common perception is that the U.S. will
protect Israel no matter what Israel does. While the
U.S. gets blamed for protecting Israel, Arab states
get blamed for failing to gain the respect of the U.S.
3. (C) During the Ambassador's visit to UAE University
in Al Ain to open an American Corners exhibit on March
27, a student asked how the U.S., which claims that it
supports human rights, could veto the UN resolution
condemning Israel for the assassination of Shaykh
Yassin. The Ambassador replied that the resolution
did not include a condemnation of HAMAS and was
drafted in a one-sided manner to embarrass the U.S.
The day of Shaykh Yassin's assassination, students in
a political science class at Zayed University engaged
in an hour-long discussion about his assassination and
his role in the Arab-Israeli dispute instead of
hearing the scheduled lecture. "The students'
sentiments were similar to those echoed in all parts
of the Middle East. There is frustration and anger,"
professor Nadir El Mahdy said.
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