Moscow’s Anti-semitism Spells War Preparation, Sharett Says

“The anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist policy of Moscow can be taken as a clear indication that the Communist leaders have entered a new stage in preparing their countries for war,” Israel Foreign Minister declared in an interview with the Sunday Times which was published here today.

Mr. Sharett told Eric Sosnow, Sunday Times correspondent in Tel Aviv, that “the recent purges and anti-Semitic outbursts are a process of blood-letting inside their system with the aim of strengthening it for war. Its purpose is to make clear to all peoples of the Soviet Union, as well as the satellites, that the Communist system cannot tolerate any group within its midst which forms part of a world-wide unit. The Jewish people are singled out as an example that even a spiritual allegiance is not permissible at a time when the Soviet Union is preparing itself for the next war,” the Minister declared.

Commenting on the Anglo-American plans for the creation of a Middle East defense organization, Mr. Sharett is quoted as saying that these plans cannot be carried out in cooperation with the Arab states alone. “The Arabs now, as in the past, are sitting on the fence. Their calculations are based on the assumption that they have everything to gain and nothing to lose by waiting,” the Israel Foreign Minister stated.

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