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Turkey Concerned About Moscow’s Campaign Against Israel

The Soviet anti-Israel campaign is seen in political circles here as a move to attract the Arab states into the Communist camp and to prevent creation of a Middle East command. These circles, however, are confident that the USSR will fail in this maneuver.

Turkish government circles are sympathetic to Israel in the current situation, and feel that Turkey and Israel are united in a common cause in that both are concerned about Soviet designs in the Middle East. The Turks also feel that Moscow’s campaign should convince all Middle East countries, including the Arab states, of the necessity for immediate organization of a Middle East defense set-up.