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Israel Delegate Explains His Nation’s Opposition to U.N. Recognition of Arab League

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The U.N. General Assembly’s Legal Committee spent most of this afternoon listening to a 35-page analysis of the reasons for Israel’s opposition to the United Nations recognizing the Arab League as a regional organization under terms of the U.N. Charter.

The record speech for an Israel delegate was made by Dr. Jacob Robinson who drew a detailed contrast between the Arab League and the Organization of American States, the only regional arrangement now recognized by the U.N. He emphasized such features of the League as its ethnical rather than regional criterion for membership, its secrecy and its failure to live up to U.N. principles and interests. In general, Dr. Robinson’s arguments were expanded from the memorandum on the issue circulated last week by the Israel delegation.

Earlier, Israel delegate Joseph Oren expressed Israel’s approval of the U.N. advisory social welfare services. Speaking before the social committee, he opposed suggestions that the services should be limited to governments ready to bear the expense. He pointed out that the governments unable to finance the services themselves were precisely those requiring them most. He offered an amendment that would enable governments to make suggestions in the selection of experts for the project and to ensure that the inability of governments to finance projects would not reduce the services.

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