Security Council Votes to Admit Israel to U.N. Membership; Vote is 9 to 1
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Security Council Votes to Admit Israel to U.N. Membership; Vote is 9 to 1

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The U.N. Security Council tonight voted, by one to one, with one abstention, to recommend the admission of Israel to the United nations. Final approval must be given by the General Assembly which will begin meeting again April 5.

Britain abstained, while Egypt cast the lone negative ballot. Specifically the Council adopted a resolution proposed at the last minute by the United States, in which the Council recognizes that Israel “is a peace-loving state fully capable of carrying out its obligations under the Charter.”

Explaining the British position, Sir Terrence Shone, in a carefully prepared statement, told the Council that his government was obliged to abstain until Israel ## “clarified” Its position with respect to the future of Jerusalem and the Palestine Arab refugees.

At a press conference immediately following the Council’s vote, Aubrey S. ?ban, Israeli representative at the U.N. declared: “The Council has given decisive international recognition of Israel’s character as an independent peace-loving state. voiding controversial entanglements on the international scene, Israel seeks in the United Nations a comprehensive framework for a peaceful foreign policy.” He pledged Israel’s cooperation through the U.N. to rehabilitate the Middle East by regional economic planning.

The effect of Britain’s abstention, Eban said, would have to be considered by the Israeli Government. Asked to explain this reference, Eban said he was referring to the inevitable psychological reaction, while admitting the abstention would have no political or practical effect.

As’ to the British reservations about Israel’s Intentions with regard to Jerusalem and the Arab refugees, Eban revealed that the Israeli and British delegations had been in close contact for the past several weeks end that the British had never once asked for the clarification which they demanded in the Council.

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