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Security Council Awaits Israeli and Arab Replies to Truce Appeal; Deadline Today

The U.N. Security Council will resume meeting here tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 in expectation of a reply from the governments of Israel and six Arab states to a Council resolution calling on them to accept a four-week cease-fire in Palestine during which arms shipments to the Arab states and Israel would be tanned, as would the immigration of potential soldiers. The deadline for acceptance or rejection of the resolution is 7 P.M. tomorrow, New York time.

It is expected that the Israeli Cabinet will insist on the toad from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem being kept open, as a major condition for acceptance. In U.N. circles it is generally agreed that such a demand is justified.

On the other hand, there is no certainty that the Arabs will accept the U.N. appeal in view of the fact that some members of Arab delegations here indicated late yesterday evening that the world-wide arms embargo provision is unsatisfactory. Additional evidence of the likelihood that the Arabs will remain adamant to all attempts at achieving a truce was seen in the statement in Cairo by Arab League secretary Abdul Rabman Azzam Pasha, after a 90-minute interview with U.N. Palestine mediator Count Folke Bernadotte, that “the Zionists who started this war in Palestine must be left alone to take the punishment they deserve.”

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