NEW YORK (Dec. 9)
British charges in the United Nations yesterday that the Israeli Army invaded Transjordan territory “are frivolous and without foundation,” Arthur Lourie, Israeli Consul General of New York, declared today at a meeting of the American Jewish Committee.
“I think that we are entitled in retrospect to regard with sober satisfaction what has been achieved military and politically in the course of the past 15 months,” Mr. Lourie declared. “But the struggle is for from over. As reported in the press, the British Government, whose ‘neutrality’ was so conspicuous at Lake Success last year and in the earlier months of this year, when it looked as if the Jewish state would either not come into existence or must certainly be destroyed, has now again assumed the offensive.
“It is extraordinary that the government of Transjordan should have made no complaints about Israeli Army inclusions into its territory. These charges which, as my government has already indicated, are frivolous and without foundation, obviously have once again the ulterior motive to make difficult and to discredit the position of the Israeli Government before the United Nations,” the Israeli Consul said.