Israeli Delegates to Youth Assembly Propose Self-determination for Palestinian Arabs

The Israeli delegation to the embattled United Nations Youth Assembly was preparing to submit late today for debate a proposal that the Palestinian Arabs be granted self-determination in a separate state apart from Israeli territory. One of the Israelis, Jonathan Livny, an alternate, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency prior to this afternoon’s session that his delegation had no hopes that a formal resolution on the subject would be tolerated by the Assembly, which is dominated by pro-Arab and pro-Soviet delegates who have hooted down Israeli speakers. The Israeli delegation reported last week that the Arab delegates had "rudely rejected" their attempts to talk over their differences. Mr. Livny added today that the Arab delegates had insisted on their a priori renunciation of Zionism. Mr. Livny, who said the Arabs had also rejected a New Zealand mediator, identified the recalcitrant delegations as those of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the Palestinians. The Israeli delegation described its Palestinian-state proposal as "the only durable solution" if accepted by both sides. It says the other three possible solutions–the destruction of Israel, a Palestine with an Israeli minority, and an Israel with a Palestinian minority can lead only to "protracted conflict." On another front, it was learned today that the World Hillel representative on the American delegation, Dennis Prager, who is also a member of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, will introduce a resolution on the plight of Soviet Jews. The Assembly ends Thursday.

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