JERUSALEM (Jan. 24)
The Israel Cabinet today declared that the failure of the Security Council to reach a decision on the Syrian complaint against Israel’s hydroelectric project at Bnot Yaacov, as represented by the Soviet veto last Friday of a three-power resolution on the problem, has united Israel’s hands and given it the right to resume work on the project.
Following a report by Acting Premier Moshe Sharett on the Security Council’s action last week, the Ministers decided that since Israel had agreed to half work pending a Council examination of the issues involved, the veto ended the Council’s examination and the situation reverted to what it was before the Council had been brought into the picture.
The Cabinet further pointed out that in accordance with its declared policy and the position Israel took during Council discussions, it is prepared to consider with Gen. Vagn Bennike, Chief of Staff of the Truce Supervision Organization, guarantees for the protection of such private rights as might be affected by the project. It instructed the Foreign Ministry to discuss such guarantees with Gen. Gennike before work is resumed.