TEL AVIV (Aug. 21)
The request for an urgent session of the United Nations Security Council is the last diplomatic possibility for halting Syrian aggressions, and obviating the necessity for Israel to use other means to restore order on the Syrian frontier, Israeli dailies generally held today.
The ultra-nationalist Herut press exhorted the Government to “defend our interests, our sovereign rights and the blood of our sons” by more direct action. Two Israeli youths were killed Monday night, when Syrians slipped over the border and laid an ambush for a tractor team,
Davar, organ of the Histadrut, Israel’s Labor Federation, declared that, if Syrian aggression were halted by the Security Council, “whose duty it is to halt aggression, ” this would be best for all parties really interested in a “quiet region. ” But, the daily added, “if this method is unsuccessful, the acts of violence will be stopped in another way.”
The independent Haaretz declared that, if the Syrians disregarded a Security Council decision to desist from attacks, or if the Security Council “seeks to avoid its responsibility,” Israel” must not give up the right of self-defense, to which it is as much entitled as any other Government. ” Hatzofeh, the organ of the Religious Party, said that, if the Syrians continued their hostile acts, “it will undoubtedly be necessary to prove to them that Jewish blood cannot be split with impunity. “