Large-scale Maneuvers Start Throughout Southern Israel; All Arms Brought into Play

Large-scale maneuvers began throughout southern Israel today as the Israel Defense Army’s second annual war games opened. Several accredited military observers are witnessing the maneuvers.

All arms of the Israel defense organization have been brought into play as “Green Invaders” try storming the country’s defenses in the face of “Blue Defenders.” Infantry, air force and naval units are taking part in the exercises.

(The New York Times reports today from Tel Aviv that the Israel Government, uneasy over events in Jordan since the assassination of King Abdullah, has informed the United States, Britain and France that any change in Jordan’s status would be regarded as affecting Israel’s interests. This notice, the correspondent points out, has only one interpretation–Israel will be free to act to safeguard her interests in the event Jordan loses her independence and either Syria or Iraq attempts to install troops on the east bank of the Jordan.)

Gen. William E. Riley, United Nations truce supervisor in Palestine, today met with Israel Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett and Israel Army Chief of Staff Yigal Yadin in a 90-minute conference on Gen. Riley’s latest report to the U.N. Security Council on the Huleh dispute and other matters. The discussion will be resumed at another meeting scheduled for next Thursday. Gen. Riley was accompanied by a political advisor, while other high Foreign Ministry and Army officials also attended the parley.

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