Arabs Continue to Violate Truce; Israel Threatens Severe Retaliation; Informs U.N.
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Arabs Continue to Violate Truce; Israel Threatens Severe Retaliation; Informs U.N.

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The Israeli Government will feel free to retaliate against Arab truce violations not only at the point where they occur but anywhere along the same front, an Israeli Foreign Office spokesman warned today. He revealed that this clarification of the Israeli point of view had been sent to its mission at Lake Success for communication to the Security Council.

A full-scale battle developed in Jerusalem this afternoon on the heels of a fresh Arab Legion breach of the cease-fire. The fight which opened with small arms fire in Sheikh Jarrach and a nearby area soon developed into an exchange of heavier weapons with the Arabs using artillery before they were repulsed in both attempts. Fir a few hours Jerusalem residents were again plunged into their not-yet-forgotten war experiences.

Col. F. Begley, senior U.N. observer here, is scheduled to fly to Amman today to check the reaction of the Transjordan Government to a plan under which the U.N. would take over complete control of the Latrun water pumping station, using either Jewish or Arab personnel, as the U.U. staff sees fit. His trip follows instructions last night from U.N. mediator Count Folke Bernadotte that he do something quickly to break the impasse over the Jerusalem water supply.

Egyptian troops in the south opened up with artillery on Jewish positions last night. Eight shells flew over Jewish settlements and numerous flares were sent up by the Egyptians over Isdud before the firing began. Sniping continued long after the artillery ceased firing. Jewish scouts have witnessed Egyptian troops digging trenches in some sectors, while Egyptian officers with swinging sticks have over-veered local Arab peasants impressed into digging fortifications in other areas.

Information was received here that Egyptian authorities seized some cargo consigned to the United States from Haifa when the American vessel Marine Carp stopped at Alexandria. Among the seized items were pottery, books and citrons for use during the Succoth holidays.


Minister of Interior Itzhak Gruenbaum, who returned here today from Jerusalem where he met with Irgun commander-in-chief Menachem Beigin to discuss relations between the Israeli Army and the Irgun forces, declared that any final agreement that may be reached with the Irgun will have to be negotiated by the Israeli military high command.

In a broadcast from Jerusalem last night, Beigin paid tribute to the late Revisionist leader Vladimir Jabotinsky on the occasion of the eight anniversary of his death, A torchlight parade of Irgunists and a mass meeting in the headquarters of the Revisionist Party followed the broadcast. Meir Grossman, chairman of the Revisionist world executive, addressed the meeting.

Meanwhile, M. Beniamini, an attorney, has asked and received permission to visit Peter Bergson, head of the American Hebrew Committee of National Liberation, and several other prisoners being held by the government since the battle between government troops and the Irgun in and near Tel Aviv ever the attempted landing of a shipload of arms from the vessel Altalena.

The Hebrew newspaper Haboker reported that Bergson was released from prison yesterday, five days before habeas corpus proceedings were scheduled to open. No official confirmation could be obtained of this report, however.

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