Israel Rejects Move by Britain to Name Tel Aviv Consul but Withhold Recognition

Israel has rejected an attempt by the British Government to establish a functioning consular system in Tel Aviv without extending recognition to the Jewish state, it was learned here today.

The British recently submitted to Israeli authorities a short list of names from which it was proposed to appoint one as “Acting Consul General” in Tel Aviv pending Britain’s recognition of Israel. The Israeli Government replied to this Foreign Office move by stating that it is not prepared to accept any British consular or diplomatic representative in Tel Aviv while the British withhold recognition.

Despite the fact that Australia and New Zealand are generally expected to follow Canada’s example in recognizing Israel, the diplomatic correspondent of the Daily Telegraph today wrote that he had learned that the Dominions would not follow the Canadian lead. He insisted that they will back the British policy on Israel.

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