PRESIDENT Bush has taken a calculated political risk in calling on the U.N. General Assembly to repeal its notorious 1975 anti-Israel resolution describing Zionism as "a form of racism and racial discrimination." The risk is twofold.
One involves the chance that a resolution of repeal, though it seems sure to pass, might do so by such a small margin as to leave in doubt whether the United Nations as an organization had in fact acted to erase an infamous paragraph in its history. The other element of risk involves timing. With the United States struggling to bring Israel and a number of Arab countries together at a peace conference, is this the best moment to seek to revoke a resolution that many Arabs regard as one of their great U.N. diplomatic achievements?
The answer to that is yes, the time is right. Indications now are that the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and many Third World states would join with the democracies to approve repeal. It goes without saying that the move to undo this immoral, hate-inspired resolution deserves the broadest support.