JERUSALEM (Dec. 30)
Continued attacks inside Israel by Egyptian-trained fedayeen commandos is “open repudiation” of the United Nations resolution of November 2 which called to cessation of “all hostilities.” the Foreign Ministry declared here tonight.
The attacks have been occurring almost daily since Radio Cairo announced the new fedayeen campaign on December 2. More than 20 such attacks have taken place. Last night, a water pipe was blown up under a bridge on the Tel Aviv Highway, only about 15 miles from this city. Fortunately, the bridge was not damaged.
“Israel still considers herself bound by the United Nations resolution,” said the Foreign Ministry spokesman. However, he stated, Egypt is violating both the letter and the spirit of that resolution which, among other things, called for a cease-fire.
While the Foreign Office spokesman was reiterating Israel’s continued adherence to its commitment in regard to the United Nations. ever-widening circles here were critical of this country’s “unilateral compliance” with a resolution being flaunted increasingly by Egypt. Newspaper editorials and resolutions by various organizations were demanding to know why the government continues to insist on observation of the very UN resolution which Egypt is violating, not only through the increasing fedayeen raids but also through an open declaration that it intends to continue its naval blockade of Israel’s port of Elath.
The Foreign Ministry has declined to discuss this phase of Egypt’s violation of the UN resolutions. However, a number of Israeli newspapers have demanded that the troop withdrawal from the Sinai be delayed until guarantees are obtained through the United Nations that Egypt will not be permitted again to blockade the Gulf of Akaba.
Resolutions calling on the government not to withdraw its troops from the Gaza Strip, and to insist on the establishment of a buffer zone between Israel and Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula were adopted here today at a special meeting of the united executive committee of the Mizrachi and Hapoel Hamizrachi Another resolution demanded that the government bar any reestablishment of Egyptian military bases in the southern portion of Sinai overlooking the Gulf of Akaba channel from Elath to the Red Sea.