Search JTA's historical archive dating back to 1923

Israelis Doubt That UN Resolution Will Hamper Nasser’s Expansionism

August 25, 1958
See Original Daily Bulletin From This Date

Israeli circles here made no secret today of the fact that they were highly critical of the attempt made by the United Nations to revive the moribund Arab League by adopting last week the Arab resolution on the Middle East based on the Arab League’s charter. They pointed out that the Arab League had in the past repeatedly proved itself a negative instrument incapable of any constructive action aimed at solving the real problems of the Arab countries.

It would be naive, these circles said, to assume that the resolution adopted by the emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly would put an end to Nasser’s expansionism, or that it would solve the problems of Jordan, or of Lebanon, or of the inter-Arab dispute.

Israeli officials indicated that there were the following three reasons why the Israel delegation at the United Nations voted for the Arab resolution: 1. Ambassador Abba Eban, head of the Israel delegation, could stress the positive interpretation give by most delegations to the general applicability of non-interference embodied in the resolution; 2. The opportunity for Mr. Eban to point out the difference between these principles and the actual behavior of some of the sponsoring Arab countries in relations both with Israel and with some of the other Arab countries; 3. Israel’s desire not to be isolated by casting only opposition vote.

Recommended from JTA