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Eshkol Chides U.N. Security Council for Ignoring Arab Aggression

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Premier Levi Eshkol, addressing a session of the Israel Cabinet last night, criticized the resolution of censure adopted last Friday by the United Nations Security Council against Israel for the retaliatory raid on a Jordanian village on November 13. The Cabinet meeting was devoted to the Security Council resolution and its implications, and was addressed also by Foreign Minister Abba Eban.

The Premier expressed regret that the majority of the Security Council ignored the cause which provoked the raid and which generates tension on Israel’s borders. He also regretted the fact that the Security Council dealt with the results of one incident only without taking into consideration the series of similar incidents directed against Israel by some of the neighboring Arab states.

The reason for the border tension, he pointed out, is the policy of hostility and aggression conducted by Arab governments against Israel. Israel, he stressed, only fends herself against repeated aggression. It was a disturbing fact that the Security Council has once again ignored the Arab policy which constitutes a violation of the United Nations Charter and the existing armistice agreements, he emphasized.

The Premier reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend herself under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter so long as the Security Council does not take effective measures to halt the aggressors. He said that the one-sided resolution by the Security Council does not serve to maintain stability and peace in the Middle East.

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