Israeli Cabinet Discusses Attacks on Two Borders; Awaits U.N. Action

Israel’s Cabinet today discussed the serious situations on two of its borders, resulting from Syria’s recent attacks on the northern frontier and Jordan’s three attacks from gunposts in the old city of Jerusalem this morning. Prior to the meeting of the entire Cabinet, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, who is also Minister of Defense, discussed both border situations with the Deputy Chief of Staff of Israel’s armed forces, Brig. Yizhak Rabin.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, addressing an election rally at Beersheba last night, said that the Government was “tensely awaiting the outcome of the Security Council’s deliberations regarding our complaints of Syria’s provocative actions on our northern borders.”

As resumption was awaited of the Security Council’s consideration of the Israeli and Syrian complaints and counter-grievances, at the meeting to be held at UN Headquarters Tuesday, interest centered here on a report concerning the Syrian-Israeli flare up sent to Secretary General U Thant by Maj. Gen. Odd Bull, chief of staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization.

Gen. Bull’s report, which was submitted to Israel and Syria Friday, was said here to have confirmed in all pertinent details Israel’s charges that Syrian soldiers slipped over the border at Almagor last Monday night, and set up an ambush in which they killed two 19-year old farm workers returning from the field–an attack in which a third Israeli youth managed to escape.

Gen. Bull was understood to have informed Israel and Syria that UN inspection of the defense areas and demilitarized zones on the border would begin tomorrow. A UN spokesman in Jerusalem said that at least 20 UN observers, split into two teams, would take part in the inspection, which will be carried out simultaneously on both sides of the border.

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