U.N. Mediator to Confer with Arabs in Cairo Today; Will Meet Jews in Tel Aviv Thursday
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U.N. Mediator to Confer with Arabs in Cairo Today; Will Meet Jews in Tel Aviv Thursday

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U.N. mediator Count Folke Bernadotte will return to Tel Aviv next Thursday and will spend two days discussing with Jewish officials the various political problems involved in seeking a permanent peace in Palestine, it was revealed here today. Count Bernadotte is scheduled to leave his Rhodes negotiations headquarters and reach Cairo Tuesday for two days of discussion with Arab leaders.

It was disclosed that when Bernadotte stopped off here for a few hours yesterday Foreign Minister Moshe Shertok took the occasion to bring to his attention Syrian violations of the cease-fire deadline. The Israeli radio today announced officially that fighting with the Syrians in the north ended yesterday at 2 P.M., bringing complete quiet to all parts of Palestine. The announcer also stated that Arab attacks on the northern front were repulsed with heavy losses to the raiders.

During yesterday’s talks between Shertok and the mediator, the latter revealed that his staff has already made arrangements to institute controls at all ports, airfields and on the borders of the Arab states. Controls have already been partly instituted on British stockpiles of munitions in the Middle East and complete arrangements will be made soon, Bernadotte added.


The Jewish passenger vessel Kedmah arrived at the port of Tel Aviv last night with some 400-odd immigrants. U.N, observers immediately boarded the ship and inspected her for illegal arms cargoes and for men of military age. All the passengers were later disembarked. A total of 138 men and 37 women presumably of military age have been sent to a U.N.-supervised camp near Hadera where they will remain until the truce ends.

Irgun commander Menachem Beigin last night announced, in an order of the day, that his troops have now been merged in the Israel Defense Army. He also revealed that within the borders of Israel the former dissident organization would exist as a new political party–the “Freedom Movement.” In Jerusalem the Irgun will remain a separate entity until the “Jewish flag flies over the Tower of David,” he said.

He told his troops that they would serve in special battalions under the command of their former officers. On the staff level these Irgun officers would be under the command of regular Defense Army officers. The Irgun soldiers would receive the same rights, privileges and pay as all other Jewish troops, he concluded.

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