Moynihan was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 1975 when the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 3379, equating Zionism with racism. He delivered a passionate speech lambasting the resolution and its supporters and defending Israel. His stand on Resolution 3379 helped him win a U.S. Senate seat from New York, which he held from 1977 to 2001. He remained a strong supporter of Israel.
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