JERUSALEM (Jan. 25)
The Israeli Cabinet decided today to complain to the Security Council against the latest Syrian aggressions against Israel, the most recent of which was the murder from ambush Friday of an Israeli shepherd. (For earlier news see page 2.)
The decision to take the matter to the Security Council followed a report by Premier David Ben Gurion on Friday’s killing, the third since November. Israel feels that these are incidents provoked on orders “from above.”
This is Israel’s second appeal to the Security Council over Syrian aggressions, the earlier one having been taken on December 4 after the murder of a shepherd and the shelling of eight border villages by Syrian artillery. The earlier Council debate ended inconclusively after Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold indicated he would discuss the matter in Cairo and Jerusalem during his Christmas visit to the Middle East.
The only agreement to come out of these talks was one to physically mark the Israel-Syrian border and work is due to commence shortly. However, Friday’s incident seems to point up the futility of such action since the infiltrators had to scale a three-foot high wall which was a pre-1948 marker of the border in that area to enter Israel territory for their ambuscade.