LAUSANNE (May. 19)
The position taken by the United States in relation to the future frontiers of Israel was considered here today a key factor in the settlement of this difficult question.
The Israeli delegation to the conference now in session here under the auspices of the U.N. Conciliation Commission for Palestine has been advised that the African member of the three-nation commission is bound lay the statement of President Truman shortly before the November elections that if Israel wished to retain Western Galilee, “which the U.N. General Assembly allotted to the Arabs, she would have to make compensatory territorial concessions elsewhere.
The Israelis rejected all suggestions that they yield Western Galilee or yield otter territory in exchange for it even “before the proposition was formally put to them by the Commission, Israel seeks some frontier rectification which would give it the towns of Tulkarem and Qalkilya in central Palestine and thus bring the whole Mediterranean coastal plain under its rule.
Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett left Switzerland for Prague today where he will confer with Czechoslovak Foreign Minister Vladimir Clementis. He was accompanied by Reuven Shiloah, Foreign Ministry official who headed the Israeli delegations at the Rhodes armistice talks. From Prague, Sharett will fly to Tel Aviv.