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Israel’s Protest Will Not Affect Decision of British Government to Send Arms to Arabs

Authoritative quarters said today that the Israeli Government’s protest against British arms shipments to some Arab states would not affect the British Government’s decision to make these shipments. A Foreign Office spokesman acknowledged receipt of the Israeli note protesting against the arms shipments.

The possibility of Israeli objections to this move had been taken into consideration before the decision was reached, it was stated. The British maintain that the shipments involve only small arms needed for internal security in some Arab states and argue that the shipments are not in contravention of the U.N. Security Council Middle East arms embargo.