Israel Cabinet Awaits Egyptian Move on Ben Gurion’s Peace Offer

The Israel Government has decided to make no move to expand on Premier David Ben Gurion’s recent peace offer to Egypt until Cairo takes positive action in reply to the Israeli “olive branch” proposal, it was learned here today following a meeting of the Israeli Cabinet.

Meanwhile, a Foreign Office spokesman has refused to comment on press reports that Ankara has become the center of the attempt to mediate between Egypt and the Jewish State. The reports stated that an Israeli diplomat was actively engaged in the mediation talks.

Earlier, a Foreign Ministry representative denied other press reports that a call made by United States Ambassador Monnet B. Davis this week-end on Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett concerned the Israeli peace feeler to Egypt. The spokesman emphasized that the conversation between the two diplomats was not connected in any way with Egypt or with the Israeli offer.

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