JERUSALEM (Feb. 1)
The Israel Cabinet discussed today the Security Council meeting Friday which heard Israel’s complaint against Syrian attacks and the murder of Israeli citizens. There was no disclosure afterwards of what the Cabinet thought of the inconclusive United Nations session. (See account of Security Council debate on page 2. )
The press, meanwhile, took the view that the Western Powers, particularly the United States, had “let down” Israel in the course of the UN debate. However, official circles privately took a more optimistic view.
These circles held that though Israel had hoped for more energetic action from the Security Council, the meeting had actually served Israel’s main purpose–that of indicating to the world that she would not tolerate the Syrian murders. The powers will have to bear this warning in mind if Syrian provocations continue in the face of UN inaction, Israel will take measures to protect the lives of her- citizens in the border regions.