Menu JTA Search

Sharett Confers with Big Powers Envoys on Jordan’s Attacks

The American and British Ambassadors and the French Charge d’Affaires today called on Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett, at his invitation, to hear the Israel Government’s views on the border incidents involving Jordan which has caused new tension here.

The urgency of the situation in the eyes of the Israel Government was underscored by the fact that Mr. Sharett asked the envoys of the three powers to visit him today, instead of waiting until tomorrow when they would have paid their regular weekly calls at the Foreign Office.

In an effort to ease the heightened tension along the Israel-Jordan border, the Israel-Jordan Mixed Armistice Commission met in four successive emergency sessions in Jerusalem late yesterday to deal with four Israeli, and one Jordan, complaints of border violations.

The MAC, chaired by U.N. truce observer Col. Bennet de Ridder, decided in favor of Israel on two ccomplaints, upheld the single Jordan item and dismissed two Israeli items for “lack of evidence.” The effects of the commission’s actions, however, are dubious. Israeli circles feel that the Jordanians will not take them seriously, pointing out past instances in which the Arabs disregarded the armistice commission.

NEXT STORY