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Palestine Question May Come Up for General Debate in U.N. This Week; Shertok See Dulles

October 11, 1948
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The belief that general debate of the Palestine question may begin this week in the United Nations was voiced here today in informed circles. These quarters said that the arrival here a few days ago of acting Palestine mediator Dr. Ralph Bunche was linked to this possibility.

Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Shertok conferred today with John Foster Dulles, foreign affairs adviser to Presidential candidate Governor Thomas E. Dawey, who is expected to be appointed Secretary of State in the event of a Republican victory in November. The meeting between Shertok and Dulles, which followed an earlier conference between the Israeli Foreign Minister and Dr. Bunche, aroused lively speculation here since it came after Dulles’ return from consultations with Dawey in the U.S. and his earlier statement that he had not been consulted by Secretary Marshall before the latter issued his endorsement of the Bernadette plan.

Meanwhile, the Israeli delegation to the U.N. reported over the week-end that it is “making progress” in informal discussions with various delegations here. The Israeli delegates say that when they are shown a map of Israel most representatives to the U.N. express surprise at the extent of territory which the Jewish state would lose under terms of the Bernadette proposals.

Aubrey S. Eban, head of the Israeli mission to the U.N., in a letter to the President of the Security Council, charged the U.N. with failure to remedy six “grave violations of the truce on the Arab side” which Jeopardized the positions and interests of Israel.

Emphasizing that his statement did not attempt to list all Arab violations, Eban declared that the major violations cited had a “lasting detrimental effect on the position of Israel. In all these cause, the U.N. representatives have not been able to give effect to their rulings which the Arabs systematically disregarded,” he charged.

Following are the six major violations:

1. The Jerusalem rater supple, which is still not in operation, the blasted Latrun pumping station, unrepaired, and the population existing on the most meager water allowance.

2. The road to the Negev, the statement complained of the failure of the Egyptians to observe Gen. Aage Lundstroem’s ruling of Aug. 18 providing for the unmolested use of the crossroads at Karatiyah by both sides for six-hours periods, alternatively.

3. Bir Asluj in the Negev was occupied by the Egyptians Aug. 5 under the eyes of U.N. observers, who persuaded the Israelis not to counter-attack, undertaking to obtain an evacuation which has not occurred to date.

4. At Mishmar Hayarden the Syrians occupied a vital height, violating the line-fixing agreement signed by the Israeli and Arab commanders. The height has still not yet been evacuated and “here again the U.N. representatives were unable to enforce their decisions.”

5. The Arab Legion commanders, after signing an undertaking to evacuate positions in a man’s land at Deir Abu Tor and Mt. Zion, did not comply.

6. Mt. Scopus, where, despite a mid-July agreement demilitarizing the Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital area, only one ?oncoy actually passed through.

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