Israel Reports U.S. Doubtful It Can Block Afro-asian Resolution in UN
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Israel Reports U.S. Doubtful It Can Block Afro-asian Resolution in UN

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The United States has informed Israel that it is doubtful about its ability to block the Afro-Asian resolution in the United Nations General Assembly, and has thus decided to submit a resolution of its own designed primarily to draw votes away from the first measure, according to informed sources. Both countries are said to concede that the U.S. resolution itself does not have a chance of gaining the necessary two-thirds vote in the Assembly. The draft–worked out in consultations among Premier Golda Meir; Foreign Minister Abba Eban; U.S. Secretary of State William P. Rogers; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Charles W. Yost; and national security advisor Dr. Henry A. Kissinger–does not fully satisfy Israel but is acceptable to her. The American draft reads in part: “The United Nations General Assembly requests the creation of conditions which will make the resumption of the Jarring talks possible by means of removing the obstacles and difficulties.” Although “obstacle” is the word most often used by Mr. Eban in connection with Egyptian missile violations in the Suez Canal zone, each party can interpret the American phraseology as it wishes. The U.S. hopes by this means to overcome Soviet objections to the draft resolution.


Concurrently, great interest has been aroused by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan’s statement in Tel Aviv yesterday–in the presence of nearly 300 United Jewish Appeal leaders, Chief of Staff Haim Bar Lev and four other generals–that “Although the military situation along the Suez Canal has changed in favor of the Egyptians after they advanced their missiles towards the canal, they too know that if the war on the Canal were to break out anew they would be defeated.” That, he went on, “is one of the reasons why the Egyptians want to extend the cease-fire agreement.” The statement reflected Gen. Dayan’s belief that Israel should return to the Jarring talks even if efforts at an Egyptian missile roll-back are unavailing. It is believed here that the defense chief would be satisfied with a token removal

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