UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- The Palestinian and Israeli ambassadors to the United Nations engaged in an impromptu debate Wednesday in the hallway outside the Security Council.
Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman said sarcastically that Palestinians must be "in love" with the idea of Israeli occupation; Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour responded, "I wish you'd leave us alone."
Despite the tense situation at the United Nations, both diplomats remained cordial, shaking hands at the end of their one-minute exchange.
"You are so in love with occupation that you, you cling to it even when we leave every single inch," Gillerman said.
In the middle of Gillerman's sentence, Mansour injected, "We hate occupation."
"You are not leaving us; I wish you'd leave us alone," Mansour said.
Gillerman told Mansour that the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza last year was "one of the most heart-wrenching acts by any Israeli leader."
"Why are the soldiers inside?" Mansour asked. "Leave us alone."
When Gillerman said Israel had left the Palestinians alone, Mansour disagreed.
But Gillerman responded: "Your own people, your government had two choices. Take care of its people or turn it into a terrorist. You chose the latter, and you're paying the price."
"No, that is not true," Mansour said.
"The problem is occupation," Mansour said. "Once occupation is completely out, then peace and freedom will prevail. Consider it seriously."
Thursday, July 13, 2006
What Do The Pals. Want?
You be the judge - what do the Pals. want?