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Israel Cabinet Holds Urgent Meeting; Peace with Transjordan Reportedly Discussed

Premier David Ben Gurion today convoked an extraordinary meeting of the Israel Cabinet at which questions concerning security and foreign affairs were voted upon. The meeting was of such importance that all Cabinet members cancelled scheduled appearances at various parliamentary committees in order to attend it.

No details of the session were made public. However, it is believed that one of the major questions discussed was the conditions for a permanent peace with King Abdullah of Transjordan.

Informed political quarters maintain that peace negotiations between Israel and Transjordan recently entered “a serious phase.” It is indicated that Transjordan has consented to transfer to Israel the Jewish quarter of the Old City and to guarantee free access to the Wailing Wall, which is located near the quarter. Transjordan is also reported to have agreed to open up the Latrun Road.

The evening papers today report that the British Minister to Israel, Alexander Knox Helm, yesterday called on Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett and proposed British assistance in the conclusion of a non-aggression pact between Israel and Transjordan. Informed circles close to the British legation termed the report “completely unfounded.”

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