JERUSALEM (May. 15)
France has joined the US, Canada and several European and Latin American nations in pledging to support Israel against Arab attempts to have it expelled from the World Health Organization, it was learned here today. An Arab-inspired resolution that would deprive Israel of voting rights has been drafted but has not yet been submitted to the plenum at WHO World Conference which opened last week in Geneva.
Israeli diplomats throughout the world have been trying to mobilize support against the discriminatory move. They have reportedly received pledges from several European countries which normally abstain when Middle East resolutions come up at international forums. These countries have accepted Israel’s position that politics must be kept out of the deliberations of the WHO, But the Arabs and their sympathizers can usually muster about 15 votes and the outcome of their move is still uncertain.