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New York Newspaper Calls U.N. Proposal on Jerusalem “outdated”; Favors Israel Plan

The U.N. proposal for the internationalization of Israel was today termed “outdated” in an editorial in the New York Herald Tribune. The newspaper said that “there is no reason why a satisfactory compromise along the lines set forth by the Israel Government should not be worked out” and eventually become acceptable to all interested parties.

“The proposal of the United Nations Palestine Conciliation Commission for permanent internationalization of Jerusalem, whatever its theoretical attractiveness may be, appears to have been far outrun both by time and events,” the Herald Tribune said.

“It is not merely a question of the Israelis’ refusal to code their rights in Jewish Jerusalem, although this alone would make the U.N.’s task of taking over the entire city a formidable one, but also of the practicability and effectiveness of the Conciliation Commission’s proposal,” it continued.

“There was a time, perhaps, when internationalization, which was suggested in the U.N.’s original partition resolution of 1947, might have been imposed; but it was the Israeli Army and not the U.N. which saw to it that the partition of Palestine became a reality. The fighting for Jerusalem proper left the Israelis in possession of the New City and King Abdullah’s Arab Legion in control of the Old City, and the complete acquiescence of both sides would be a prerequisite to any plan for treating the city as a whole.”

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