Israel Takes Issue with Hammarskjold’s Report; Criticizes Points

The Israel Government today criticized the report of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold to the Security Council as an indication that the United Nations had not merely failed to put an end to the Arab campaign of hostility to peace in the past year, but that it apparently failed even to understand the nature of the threat. It characterized the Arab campaign as one opposed to a peaceful settlement or the establishment of tranquility along Israel’s borders.

The comment on the Hammarskjold report, made by a spokesman for the Israel Foreign Ministry, said: “As long as the Secretary General holds the view implicit in the report that Arab insistence on the exercise of belligerent rights in violation of a Security Council decision, the continuous incitement to aggression by Arab leaders, the maintenance by Egypt of the Suez blockade and the repudiation by the Arab governments of basic obligations under the Charter and of the United Nations and the Armistice agreements are consistent with their wish to establish peaceful conditions, the gulf between reality in the area and its understanding by the United Nations must remain great.”

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