UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Oct. 29)
Israel today requested the General Assembly here to pass a unanimous resolution, calling upon the three big nuclear powers–the United States Britain and the Soviet Union–to adopt a treaty banning nuclear testing. The demand was voiced in the Assembly’s political and security committee by Gideon Rafael, deputy director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry. He is one of the ranking members of this year’s Israeli delegation to the Assembly.
Pointing out that the long-drawn nuclear negotiations among the three powers, at Geneva, have resulted in many areas of agreement on important points, Mr. Rafael, requested that the positive achievements be given the Assembly’s strongest endorsement. Beyond such endorsement, he stressed, the Assembly should call upon the negotiating powers to deal with the remaining problems “with utmost expedition.” “In the view of my delegation,” he stated, “one of the roads which will lead toward conditions in which mankind can live without fear of nuclear annihilation is the conclusion of a nuclear test ban treaty with guarantees for its faithful observance. We stand united in our insistent demand that the nuclear powers reach that goal by the shortest road.”