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U.N. Hampering Establishment of Peace in Palestine, Ben Zvi Says on Arrival in N.Y.

November 14, 1948
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United Nations intervention is hampering the establishment of permanent peace in Palestine, Isaac Ben Zvi, president of the Jewish National Council in Israel, declared here last night upon his arrival at Idelwild International Airport. Mr. Ben Zvi is in the United States to aid the $10,000,000 campaign currently under way in behalf of the Histadruth.

Asserting that “it is one thing to order the demilitarization of the Negev and another thing to enforce it,” Ben ### stated that “if we could be sure that real control would be maintained in the demilitarization of the Negev by the United Nations, we would take this demilitarization proposal more seriously.

“Insofar as giving up the Negev is concerned,” he added, “our answer is definitely ‘no.'” The Israeli leader charged that “arms are being delivered to the Arabs from the outside” and that there are “British, Yugoslavs and Germans fighting with the Arabs.” Hailing the role of the Histadruth, Israel’s general federation of labor, in the development of the Jewish state, Mr. Ben Zvi declared that all of the Histadruth’s facilities have been made available to the Israeli Government during the war period.

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