JERUSALEM, OCT. 16 -- Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek said today he would be willing to meet with a U.N. delegation seeking to probe Israeli-Palestinian violence, but Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir remained firm in his refusal to accept the mission, officials said.

Visiting British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd sought to persuade Shamir in a meeting this morning that Israel could reject U.N. condemnation of its handling of Palestinian rioters on the Old City's Temple Mount, or Haram Sharif, last week, but agree to speak with a delegation dispatched by Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, Israeli officials said.

But Avi Pazner, a senior adviser to Shamir, said the prime minister rejected the suggestion, citing again the government's contention that a U.N. mission would infringe on Israel's claim of sovereignty over East Jerusalem, which it captured and annexed in 1967. Pazner responded to Kollek's statement by saying: "A mission that comes to Israel should see the government and not mayors."

The U.N. delegation is supposed to report to the Security Council later this month on clashes between police and demonstrators in which at least 19, and possibly 21, Arabs were killed by police. At least 140 Arabs were wounded and 22 Jewish worshipers and about six policemen were injured by stones.

Israel's refusal to accept the mission has pushed it into a confrontation with the United States, which regarded the Security Council resolution on the violence adopted last Friday as a diplomatic victory. The Bush administration is anxious to resolve the Security Council's deliberations on the latest Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed in a way that will allow it to continue its campaign with moderate Arab states against Iraq for invading Kuwait.

Today, Shamir met for the second time in two days with Seymour Reich, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, but Reich's efforts to bridge the gap between Washington and Israel appeared not to have brought results.

Shamir, Reich said, "feels abused" by Bush. "Regrettably," he added, "some of the underlying tone is the lack of warmth that exists between Washington and Jerusalem. Sometimes it's easier to get things if some honey is attached. And that hasn't been the case."

Despite the right-wing government's hard line, Kollek announced his own willingness to talk to the U.N. mission, saying it would be a sign of weakness for Israel to boycott it. Kollek, mayor since 1965 and a politician associated with the left-wing Labor Party, told Israeli radio: "I think that I am secure in our intentions and with the situation in Jerusalem, that whoever comes here I can receive them and answer them. Not to do this doesn't portray strength, it portrays weakness."

Yitzhak Rabin, a former Labor prime minister, has suggested a compromise solution under which government ministers boycott the U.N. team but allow it into the country to speak with Kollek, police and Palestinians.

Foreign Ministry officials said Israel continues to believe that Perez de Cuellar should not send any delegation because of the government's opposition. But they said the government has not decided whether it would actually bar U.N. delegates from the country should they be sent.

Reich said he and other Jewish leaders "understand the views of the Israeli cabinet" because "we are now dealing with an issue of Jerusalem. Once you raise the issue of {Israel's claim to} Jerusalem and you make that the issue, which seemingly is a part of the council resolution, we are understanding of the government's position."

Reich called on Bush and Secretary of State James A. Baker III to take steps to mollify Israel's anger over what it sees as the one-sided language of the U.N. resolution. Shamir was angered because the text condemned Israeli police but only indirectly referred to stone-throwing by Palestinians against Jewish worshipers at the nearby Western Wall.