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Israel Deeply Disappointed by U.N. Failure to Vote Jordan Censure

October 25, 1966
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Official Israeli sources expressed today “deep disappointment” and sharp criticism of the failure of the Israeli-Jordan Mixed Armistice Commission to find Jordan responsible for the explosions in the Romema suburb of Jerusalem on October 7.

The Commission failed to take that action when the United Nations chairman abstained from the vote. He contended that tracking and other evidence found at the scene of the blast was “inconclusive.” His views were based on the fact that traces of the marauders halted a few feet from the Jordanian border because of the rocky nature of the terrain in that area.

The inaction of the commission, it was indicated, will spur Israel to raise again and with greater intensity its demand that the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization enlarge the scope of its activities. Israel particularly wants UNTSO to stop restricting itself to a narrow police investigative role. Israel made that demand two weeks ago at a meeting at the Israeli Foreign Ministry between Lt. Gen. Odd Bull, UNTSO chief of staff, and Moshe Sasson, the Ministry armistice affairs division head. Israel is expected to raise that issue again soon at a still higher level.

(At the United Nations, another meeting of the Security Council was scheduled for tomorrow, to continue debate on Israel’s charges against Syria, accusing the Damascus Government of inciting guerrilla activities against Israel.)

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