Schenectady Gazette, April 12,1948

Arab Group Ready to Kill Palestine Partition Plan

Lake Success --April 11 AP

Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia will spearhead the Arab drive to kill the United Nations Palestine partition scheme, authoritative source indicated today.

The prince, second son of King Ibn Saud and Saudi Arabian foreign minister, will be his country's chief delegate to the special UN assembly in Palestine beginning Friday.

It was apparent the Arabs were lining up their big guns for the assembly. Prince Faisal seldom spoke last fall in the regular assembly but Arab strategy usually was planned in his skyscraper hotel suite. He gave the signal for the Arab walk-out on Nov. 29 in protest against the 33 to 13 vote by which the delegates approved the partition plan.

The Security Council will make another attempt to draw up Palestinian truce conditions tomorrow in an informal meeting at 10.am (EST) in the United States delegation offices in New York. The U.S. delegate, Warren R. Austin, is making a strong effort to end violence and bloodshed in the Holy Land by a truce between the Jewish agency for Palestine and the Arab high committee.

Austin was said to feel encouraged over truce prospects. But the Jews and Arabs were reported standing on conditions which so far have barred a truce agreement.

One informed source said Austin felt that neither the Arabs nor the Jews could offer provisions for a truce but that both sides are anxious to avoid anarchy and bloodshed.

The security council has scheduled a formal session here at 2:30 p.m. (EST) tomorrow for another round on Chile's charges that Russia helped the Communists of Czechoslovakia seize power in February.

Schenectady Gazette, April 12,1948