LONDON (May. 18)
British officials who are watching the effects of the talks between Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and the Arab rulers during his current visit to the various Arab countries, today indicated that on the basis of information received from British observers who maintain close contact with Mr. Dulles, they have reached the following conclusions:
1. Secretary Dulles’ hopes that he would be able to use his influence with the Arab leaders to bring about a solution to the Arab-Israel problem have been completely shattered. The references on Israel made to him by the Arab leaders are described by those British observers as “most vitriolic.”
2. Secretary Dulles will, after his present round of conversations with Arab leaders, return to the United States a strong opponent of further shipment of arms to Middle Eastern countries because of the state of high tension prevailing in the region.
3. The Secretary of State will, upon his return home, recommend a “get tough” policy towards the Middle Eastern states with a view to bringing about a solution of the region’s problems and to pave the way for a Middle Eastern defense organization, of which he is considered the foremost protagonist.
According to British Foreign Office officials, Secretary Dallas tried to preach moderation on Israel to the Arab leaders, but to no avail. In most of the Arab capitals he was told bluntly that Arab League member’s states have no intention of entering into peace talks with the Jewish State.