TEL AVIV (Jul. 31)
An unnamed Egyptian statesman was today quoted by the Saudi Arabian radio as having suggested the immediate launching of peace negotiations between Israel and the Arab states.
The broadcast said that the Egyptian dismissed reports of an economic crisis in Israel, declaring that “so long as the United States, the richest country in the world, continues to support the Jews, the state of Israel will never suffer.” The statesman was further quoted as saying that the “Arabs must either fight the Jews–a foolish enterprise–or display wisdom by making peace.”
A broadcast from Bagdad said today that the Iraqi Government notified the U.N. of its refusal to give military assistance to the U.N. in the Korean conflict. The broadcast quoted a cable sent by Iraq to Trygve Lie, U.N. Secretary-General, justifying its refusal by stating that “the provision of arms and military equipment of the Iraq Army has fallen so short, that it is hardly capable at the present time to meet the requirements of internal security.”