UNITED NATIONS (Sep. 3)
Israel protested today to the United Nations Security Council against threats by Syria to open a second round of war against Israel. A letter from Abba Eban, head of the Israeli delegation at the U.N., to the president of the Security Council which was made public here tonight contained a sharp protest on two threats against Israel by Col. Shishakley, military dictator of Syria.
Ambassador Eban’s letter drew attention on to a speech by Col. Shishakley on Aug. 15 to a graduating class of Syrian Army officers named after Suleiman el Kurdi, who was killed in the Palestine fighting. Shishakley declared: “We are swearing, and we will not break this oath, that our swords will not be sheathed until our slain comrades will be pacified by the liberation and the cleansing of the land which they loved and which they sanctified and drenched with their blood.”
Mr. Eban also asked the Council president to take note of Shishakley’s interview with the Cairo daily El Ahram of Aug. 16 in which we said “there is no room in the Middle East for two peoples-the Arab people and the Jewish people. Either the Arab people will be thrown into the Arabian Desert or into the sea,” the Syrian leader asserted, “or the foreign Jews must return to their countries of origin all over the world. There is no other solution to the problem.”
The Israeli diplomat reported that Israel had made a strong protest against these statements to the chief of staff of the U.N. truce organization in Palestine, Gen. William E. Riley. He asked that the text of today’s protest be circulated to all members of the Security Council.