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Leading Argentina Newspaper Assails Security Council’s Jerusalem Measure

A leading Argentine newspaper charged today that there was “unconscionable international complicity with Arab leaders” behind the Security Council’s July 3 resolution censuring Israel for altering the status of East Jerusalem. According to La Nacion, Israel has every right to hold on to the territories it occupied in the June, 1967 war until a final peace with the Arabs is achieved. The paper assailed the Security Council’s action “because Security Council members know well that the road to peace lies in persuading the Arabs of the necessity of recognizing Israel.”

The editorial said the shortcomings of the 1949 and 1957 armistice agreements in the Middle East should be instructive. “United Nations or Four Power action would be based on false foundations if both parties do not reach a contractual agreement, and negotiations per se would be impossible without prior recognition of Israel by the Arabs,” La Nacion said.