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Britain Cool to Israel’s Request for U. N. Action on “bat Galim”

February 17, 1955
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Israel’s latest move at the United Nations Security Council for the release of the “Bat Galim” was given a lukewarm reception in official circles here today.

It was indicated from official sources that while Britain in no way denies the right of Israel to seek the release of its vessel through the Suez Canal, she feels, at the same time, that any further move by Israel at the Council which might require the Western Powers to line up with Israel would embarrass their position at the present time when British Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden is about to visit Egypt.

The British attitude towards Israel’s renewed request to the Security Council was summarized here as follows: “If Israel is agreeable to the ‘Bat Galim’ being released by the Egyptians without putting any conditions on the manner of the release-then all is well and good. However, if Israel intends making an issue of it at present, it might prove inconvenient.”

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