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Israel Seen in Washington As “democratic Outpost” in Middle East

The violence which flared up today in Egypt, when British troops were compelled to battle Arabs in the Suez Canal zone, has convinced many members of Congress that Israel is at present practically the only stable democratic outpost in the entire Middle East.

This view was given additional emphasis today at the meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee which is considering American financial aid for countries in the Middle East. There is no doubt in Congressional circles here that Israel will have to play a dominant role in any regional pro-Western defense arrangement no matter what the attitude of the Arab countries may be to the inclusion of the Jewish state in such an arrangement.

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