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Israel Cabinet Discusses Security Situation; Armistice Group Meets on Negev Clash

The Israel Cabinet met here this afternoon to discuss the security situation in the light of this week’s clash between Israel and Jordan armored units in the Negev.

Simultaneously, the mixed Israel-Jordan armistice commission met on the same issue. Presiding at the session was Brig. Gen. William E. Riley, United Nations truce chief in Palestine, who returned from Lake Success, where he was scheduled to remain through a discussion of the Jerusalem issue, in order to take personal command of this new explosive situation.

After the commission’s meeting, an official statement was issued delcaring that after a “frank exchange of views” it was decided that Gen. Riley would see as soon as possible the heads of both governments with a view toward obtaining their reaffirmation of the authority of the mixed commission to deal with border incidents as outlined by the latest U.N. Security Council resolution. He will also attempt to get them to agree to the appointment of an inquiry body to ascertain in whose territory the disputed portion of the Elath road lies.