120. Telegram From the Mission to the United Nations to the Department of State 1

5561. USUN 5555;2 USUN 5559.3 ME Crisis: Talk with Israeli PermRep.

I talked to Israeli PermRep Rafael shortly after noon June 1 and told him that on a personal and confidential basis I had probed with both Iraqi FonMin Pachachi and Yugo PermRep Lekic possibility of exercising influence on Nasser to back down sufficiently in order to achieve a breathing spell during which crude oil shipments would continue to pass through the Straits of Tiran to Elath. Rafael did not demur nor approve. He did comment in a negative sense on the prospect of prolonging present UN debate. I told him we not prepared for showdown vote on our draft res June 2 and that he should anticipate probability delay action on res until June 5.

  1. Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL ARAB–ISR. Secret; Immediate; Nodis. Received at 7:46 p.m.
  2. Telegram 5555 from USUN, June 1, reported a conversation at breakfast that day between GoldbeRG and Iraqi Foreign Minister Adnan Pachachi. (Ibid.)
  3. Telegram 5559 from USUN, June 1, reported a conversation that morning between Goldberg and Yugoslav representative Danilo Lekic. (Ibid.)