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Bernadotte Expected Today to Report on Palestine Situation to U.N. Security Council

While U.N. mediator Count Folke Bernadotte vas en route here by plane today to report tomorrow to the Security Council on the latest Palestine developments, an Israeli Government spokesman took Bernadotte to task for “minimizing the scale and character” of the Arab rejection of Bernadotte’s proposals for a truce. The spokesman also called on the Security Council to apply sanctions against the Arab aggressors according to the terms of the U.N. Charter.

Asserting that Bernadotte’s characterization of the Arab attacks as “impudence” or his suggestion that the “Arabs had some reason for saying no” amounts to an “apology for aggression,” the Israeli representative declared that such an atti##de “does not augur well for any successful resumption by the mediator of his mission.” He also revealed that Israel has urged the Security Council to inform all governments that the truce is at an end and that the Council’s request to them to assist in implementing it is no longer in force.

The U.N. Secretariat yesterday revealed the rejection by the Arab League states of Bernadotte’s latest request for a ten-day truce extension. The Jews accepted, except for his demand to demilitarize the oil centers of Haifa. The Arab reply, signed by Abdul Rahman Azzam Pasha, secretary-general of the Arab League, stated that Bernadotte “can still have some useful work to do in trying to find a just and lasting solution to the Palestine problem.”

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