JERUSALEM (Sep. 7)
Israel will raise the issue of the United Arab Republic’s blockade against Israeli shipping through the Suez Canal during the forthcoming session of the United Nation General Assembly, Foreign Minister Golda Meir said in a radio interview here last night, on the eve of her departure for New York to attend the Assembly meeting. The session is scheduled to open on September 15.
(Reports received today in Paris stated that the political commission of the Arab League had recommended to the League meeting at Casablanca that the League approve “every measure taken by the United Arab Republic to protect navigation through the Suez Canal any time circumstances demand.” The nature of the “measures” was not spelled out.)
(In Washington, it was disclosed today, Yaakov Herzog, Israel Charge d’Affaires, had a week-end conference with Robert Murphy, Under Secretary of State. It was understood that among subjects discussed was the Suez Canal transit issue.)
Mrs. Meir declared that only as the Assembly progressed, however, would Israel decide whether to request a meeting of the Security Council or a special General Assembly discussion on the issue. The Foreign Minister said that “it may be assumed that various delegations will make clear, forceful statements on freedom of Suez passage. “
Israel will also raise the question of the Arab boycott of firms and carriers dealing with Israel and “Egypt’s hostile attitude,” Mrs. Meir added.