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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
S/870
8 July 1948

LETTER DATED 7 JULY 1948 FROM THE REPRESENTATIVE
OF THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL TO THE
SECRETARY-GENERAL CONTAINING ISRAEL’S REPLY TO THE
UNITED NATIONS MEDIATOR’S SUGGESTIONS (DOCUMENT S/863)



7 July 1948

On behalf of the Provisional Government of Israel, I have the honour to convey, for the information of the Security Council, the text of the reply given by the Foreign Minister of Israel to the suggestions presented by Count Bernadotte to the Governments of Israel and of the Arab States.
(signed) Aubrey S. Eban
Representative of the
Provisional Government of Israel

“On behalf of the Provisional Government of Israel, I have the honor to offer the following observations on the suggestions presented by you under cover of your letter of June 27 as a possible basis for discussion in discharge of your task to ‘promote a peaceful adjustment of the future situation of Palestine’.

“The Provisional Government of Israel must make it clear that the Jewish people in the State of Israel and the Jews of Jerusalem will never acquiesce in the imposition of Arab domination over Jerusalem, no matter what formal municipal autonomy was what right of access to Holy Places the Jews of Jerusalem might be allowed to enjoy. They will resist any such imposition with all the force at their command. The Provisional Government of Israel regrets having to say that your startling suggestion regarding Jerusalem, by encouraging false Arab hopes and wounding Jewish feelings, is likely to achieve the reverse of the pacifying effect which you undoubtedly had in mind.

“7. The Provisional Government of Israel does not find it necessary at this stage to comment upon the other points raised in your suggestions as it hopes that examination of its present ovservations on the major aspects of the scheme for a settlement tentatively outlined by you may cause you to reconsider your whole approach to the problem.”
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