Israel Opposes Soviet Proposal on Aggression at U.n.; Wants War Criminals Punished

Israel today opposed the idea of an attempt on the part of the United Nations to define aggression in absolute terms by means of a list of its various forms. Arthur Lourie, of the Israel delegation (##)sing that no such list could be exhaustive, announced Israel’s intentions to abstain on a Soviet proposal to this effect. He said that a decision should be made by competent organs of the U.N. in each individual case of alleged aggression.

Meanwhile, in an address prepared for delivery before the General Assembly’s legal Committee, Jacob Robinson, of the Israel delegation, vigorously urged that the international Law Commission’s formulation on the Nuremberg principles of punishment of war criminals should be adopted despite their imperfection. He declared that the original formulation had already been “dehydrated” and denounced proposals to refer the whole question back for further study and “further weakening.”

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