UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Dec. 18)
The United Nations Security Council is expecting tomorrow a report from UN truce chief Maj. Gen. E.L.M. Burns on the Israeli raid last week on Syrian outposts in retaliation for the shelling of Israeli fishermen on Lake Tiberias. On this report will depend the Security Council’s action on the complaint which Syria brought against Israel.
A meeting of the Security Council to deal with Syria’s complaint will be held on Thursday, after the members of the Council have studied Gen. Burns’ report. The Syrian delegation here is demanding economic sanctions against Israel and the expulsion of the Jewish State from UN membership. However, this demand-voiced last Friday by the head of the Syrian delegation at a Security Council session-is not being taken seriously by most of the delegations here. However, ten of the 11 members of the Security Council “deplored” Israel’s action against Syria in their statements at the Security Council meeting.
In replying to the Syrian delegate, Ambassador Abba Eban head of the Israel delegation, told the Council that Israel intends to carry out all armistice obligations but “on the understanding that the other side is also prepared to observe such a policy. Israel is prepared further to help ease all tensions but she will insist on her sovereignty and her rights,” Mr. Eban persisted.
“The Arab states,” Mr. Eban said “must understand that they have a simple duty and interest in leaving Israel alone. Leave us alone on land and sea; on the frontiers and in the hinterland; in the Golf of Akaba, on Lake Tiberias, and on its shores; in the pursuit of our commerce and in the cultivation of our lands. If you will not advance towards an affirmative and constructive relationship then at the very best accept a situation in which we leave each other alone.”