UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Jul. 24)
The United Nations Security Council will meet today to consider Israel’s and Syria’s charges and counter-charges of acts of aggression. Separate requests for a meeting of the Security Council were made by both countries following four acts of sabotage inside Israel by Arab infiltrators from Syria and Israel’s retaliation by attacking a Syrian position from the air on July 14.
In its request, last Friday, for an urgent meeting of the Security Council, Ambassador Michael S. Comay, head of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations, accused Syria of “repeated acts of aggression committed by Syrian armed forces and by armed saboteur groups operating from Syrian territory against the citizens and territory of Israel in violation of the Israel-Syrian general armistice agreement.”
Ambassador Comay’s letter also complained of “declarations by official spokesmen of the Syrian Government containing threats against the people, territorial integrity and political independence of Israel, and openly instigating to war against Israel in violation of the United Nations Charter and the Armistice agreement.” Mr. Comay advised the head of the Security Council that he had been designated by the Israel Government to represent it in presenting these complaints and in answering the Syrian charges against Israel at the Council session.
The Syrian complaint charged Israel with “aggression against Syrian territory on the afternoon of July 14” and said that Israel’s move “constitutes a clear provocation to Syria and a threat to the peace of the whole region of the Middle East.” It asserted that the Israeli claims that Syria is responsible for four incidents which took place on July 13 and 14 — in which two Israelis were killed and two wounded by Arab explosives — have been denied by a Syrian military spokesman “and refuted before the Mixed Armistice Commission.”
Ambassador Comay, in his communication to the president of the Security Council, following the Israeli air attack, said that the air strike took place after evidence indicated that the Arab terrorists came from Syria. Planes of the Israeli Air Force, he said, were ordered to take “strictly limited action” in order to impress upon the Syrian authorities the gravity with which the Israel Government regarded the “continual Syrian violence” against Israel and her population.