Security Council Declines Approval of Israel’s Application

The Security Council began deliberating Israel’s application at its 383rd Meeting on 2 Dec 1948. A number of opinions were expressed that the application was premature. In the end, the matter was referred to the Committee on the Admission of New Members. The Committee replied that it did not have enough information to come to a decision. The Security Council again took up consideration of Israel’s application at meetings on 15 and 17 Dec 1948. None of the draft resolutions put forward for a vote received sufficient votes. The vote on the Israeli application for membership was five votes in favor, one opposed (Syria), and five abstentions (Belgium, Canada, China, France, United Kingdom). This was insufficient to gain the recommendation of the Security Council.Summaries of the proceedings are in the Security Council Report to the General Assembly and the UN Yearbook.