PARIS (Dec. 15)
The Security Council today postponed until Friday a vote on the Israeli application for membership in the United Nations. The motion for postponement was made by France and supported by Canada, the United States and the U.S.S.R.
The Council also refused to vote on a motion by British delegate Sir Alexander Cadogan that the Israeli application be postponed indefinitely. In support of his motion, Cadogan reiterated the British arguments raised previously in favor of postponement, declaring that the Council’s resolution on the Negev withdrawal had not yet been carried out and that the problem of the encircled Egyptian garrison at Faluja was not settled. He also charged that Jewish troop movements from the Dead Sea area to the Gulf of Akaba continue, in violation of the Council’s orders.
Both the United States and the Soviet Union again stated that they favored the immediate admission of the Jewish state into the United Nations. Their stands drew fire from Syria’s Faris el Khouri who charged that with the exception of one or two politicians in the White House the people of the U.S. were opposed to the admission of Israel to the U.N. He also insisted that the Moslems in the U.S.S.R. were opposed to the Soviet’s official position on Israel.
The Syrian delegate also made the generalized charge that public opinion in a number of countries on record in favor of Israel did not support their governments on this issue. He threatened that the Arab states would boycott the U.N. conciliation commission if Israel became a member of the United Nations and indicated that he might attempt to refer the matter to the International Court of Justice at the next Council session.