Israel’s Independence in Foreign Policy Reiterated by Premier

We are not and will not be subjected to the United States, despite our gratitude and longstanding friendship,” Premier David Ben Gurion told the Parliament last night at the conclusion of a six-hour debate on Israel’s policy at the United Nations.

The Premier made this statement in reply to criticism leveled by a General Zionist who scored the Israeli delegation at the United Nations for voting against the United States on several occasions during the session of the U.N. General Assembly which concluded in Paris today.

Mr. Ben Gurion declared that Israel would not subjugate itself either to the United States or to any other power. By a vote of 52 to 21, Parliament decided to support the policy of the Israeli delegation at the U.N. Assembly meeting.

Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett, reporting to Parliament on the results of the Assembly session, said it would be better that the United Nations halt its efforts to find a solution of the Palestine problem and let the parties concerned find a path to peace by themselves. He stressed that the solution of the Palestine problem did not lie in the return of the refugees to Israel.

The Minister also emphasized that the lessons taught by this session of the U.N. Assembly was that Israel must hasten to strengthen its ties with the neighboring countries as well as the states of Asia and the rest of the world. He insisted that recent developments pertaining to the major powers dictate that Israel’s foreign policy must be one of guarding that no harm should come to Israel as a result of the great world conflict. When Mr. Sharett concluded his report the six-hour debate began.

SHARETT LEAVES FOR LONDON; TO CONFER WITH EDEN ON MIDDLE EAST

Foreign Minister Sharett emplaned today for London where he will confer with British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden on the Middle East and other problems. The talks, which are a continuation of conferences between the two diplomats in Paris some weeks ago, will probably include a discussion of the oil situation, the Egyptian developments and Israeli claims upon Germany for reparations.

Mr. Sharett told newsmen at the airport that he will not meet with any German representatives on this trip. While in London, he will confer with Dr. Nahum Goldmann, presiding officer of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, on coordinating the negotiations of the Israel Government and the Conference with Germany on reparations. He will also launch the Joint Palestine Appeal in London.

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