British Officials Admit Supplying U.N. with Information on Israel’s Arms Acquisition
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British Officials Admit Supplying U.N. with Information on Israel’s Arms Acquisition

High reeking British officials today admitted hero that they have supplied acting mediator Dr. Ralph Buncho with “information” alleging that an arms shuttle exists between Czechoslovakia and Israel.

The same sources said, however, that the charges they made to Dr. Buncho were not nearly as sensational as the story of a Russian-sponsored air shuttle published in several American newspapers this weekend. This story was told to U.S. correspondents here and Dr. Buncho by a self-styled Israeli air force deserter who had no documents to establish his identity or to prove his charges. U.N. sources again reiterated that Dr. Buncho has no independent intelligence service and cannot, therefore, check on the accuracy of such charges.

Neither Dr. Buncho nor his chief of staff, American Brig. Gon. William Riley, admitted having received the “information” from the British. Political observers here are agreed on the belief that Britain is sponsoring these anti-Israeli rumors to discredit the Jews and further the British pro-Bornadette, pre-sanctions line.


At the next meeting of the Security Council the British delegate is expected to introduce the following resolution urging the extension of a U.N. order to the Jews and Arabs to withdraw from positions occupied since the truce under throat of sanctions: “Having adopted the 4 November resolution concerning the situation in the Negev and after consideration and endorsement of the information supplied by the acting mediator concerning the situation in northern Palestine, the Security Council decided to extend the scope of the Negev resolution to the situation in northern Palestine.”

The Political Committee is expected to meet early next week to discuss Palestine in the light of the Bernadette recommendations. The next meeting of the Security Council is expected to hear a report on the military and administrative aid it will need to implement the November 4 resolution.

Meanwhile, travellers arriving here from Beirut report that the recent Israeli victories in northern Palestine have caused panic throughtout Lebanon and over in creasing numbers of refugees are arriving in Beirut and other cities of the tiny Arab state.

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