Israel to Ignore U.N. Trusteeship Council’s Order; Will Not Move Offices from Jerusalem

Israel Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett today emphatically declared that Israel will not cooperate in any attempt to implement the resolution of the U.N. Trusteeship Council asking the Israel Government to “revoke” the transfer of its offices from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. There is a question whether the Council is entitled to address such a request to any government, Mr. Sharett said.

The Foreign Minister made his statement prior to returning by plane to Israel. Asked whether the Jewish state will oppose the request of the Trusteeship Council, he replied: “It is a self-combatting proposition. They just cannot do anything about it. They must eject the government and they cannot carry that through. The opening stages of the discussion in the Council indicated quite clearly new little faith and enthusiasm exist in the Council itself for this idea. The delegations in the Assembly which had been foremost in urging this course were remarkably tacit in their silence later.”

Emphasizing that the Trusteeship Council would need an army to enforce its decision and pointing out that the Council does not have such an army, Mr. Sharett said that the resolution adopted by the Council last night was the work of “an irresponsible majority.” He added: “It is a remarkable exhibition of the lack of responsibility on the part of those who voted for this resolution in the full knowledge and realization of the fact that it cannot be carried through.”

Asked whether he foresees any trouble between Arabs and Jews, Mr. Sharett declared: “No. I foresee no trouble at all. Both Israel and Transjordan were united in their opposition to the idea of placing Jerusalem under international trusteeship.”

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