LONDON (May. 17)
American circles in the Middle East are revising their stand on granting American arms to Egypt and other Arab countries, it was reported today in the press here.
The report says that, following the conversation last week between U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and Egyptian dictator Gen. Mohamed Naguib, Americans are no longer certain that Egypt may not use American weapons against Israel and against the British forces in the Suez Canal area.
Analyzing the results of Secretary Dulles’ visit to Egypt, the Sunday Times here reports that political circles in the Middle East are of the opinion that Secretary Dulles seemed to be ill-informed on current trends there prior to his departure from Washington. The paper states that Mr. Dulles admitted that he learned more during the few days he spent in Cairo, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem than he had learned in years in Washington.
ARABS INDICATE THEY WANT NO PEACE WITH ISRAEL
The Sunday Observer, one of London’s leading newspapers, says that Secretary Dulles has reached the preliminary conclusion on his trip to the Middle East that it will not be a easy matter to establish a Middle East defense organization since the Arabs insist on having their own independent defense system.
Other London newspapers today report from Damascus, Syria, that during his visit to Jordan. Sec. Dulles was told by the Jordanian Premier that the Arab states have no thought of coming to terms with Israel prior to the settlement of Arab problems in the Middle East. Similar sentiments were expressed to the U.S. Secretary of State by the Jordan Foreign Minister who was even more outspoken in his statement that the Arab countries do not believe that peace with Israel is possible.
The Sunday Chronicle reports from Berlin that about 8,000 Germans, including former Gestapo officials and one-time generals of the Nazi Army, are training 40,000 Egyptians for a sudden attack on the British military forces in the Suez Canal area. They are operating from closely guarded camps in the Emerald Mountains, in Upper Egypt, the report adds.
Reports from Amman, capital of Jordan, to London newspapers today point out that the Arab press continues to be skeptical toward the visit of Secretary Dulles. The reports quote the Arab newspaper Falastin, published in the Arab-held part of Jerusalem, as stating that Dulles visit is nothing but “a sedative applied by the Eisenhower Administration to the Arab world.”