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Israel Cabinet Considers Raising Suez Blockade Issue at U. N. Assembly

The Israel Cabinet is now considering the possibility of raising the Suez blockade issue as a separate subject on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly which opens in New York on September 15, it was learned here today. A decision on this suggestion will be taken by the Cabinet at its next meeting on Sunday.

Some members of the Cabinet are strongly requesting such an action. They doubt whether any discussion of the Suez issue at the UN Security Council would bring effective results. They, therefore, advocate the raising of the issue before the Assembly.

(At the United Nations, authoritative sources said today that the fact that the General Assembly is scheduled to convene on September 15 will not deter Israel from calling for a Security Council meeting. “The convening of the Assembly creates a new situation and adds another dimension to the possibilities for taking Israel’s case against Egypt’s Suez Canal blockade to the world. But the forthcoming Assembly session does not exclude the consideration of a call for a Security Council session,” it was emphasized.)

Today was the eighth anniversary of the unanimous adoption of a Security Council resolution ordering Egypt to stop blocking the Suez Canal to Israeli commerce. It was exactly eight years ago, on September 1, 1951, that the Council, after hearing complaints by Israel, ordered Egypt “to terminate the restrictions on the passage of international commercial shipping and goods through the Suez Canal wherever bound.”

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