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British Deputy Suggests Transfer of Troops from Suez to Israel

A suggestion that “perhaps at the price of considerable economic aid to Israel, British troops could go back there,” was made in the House of Commons last night by Major E.A. Legge-Bourke, Conservative deputy, during a debate on foreign affairs.

The Conservative member of the Parliament said that one of the major reasons why Egypt insists on Britain’s leaving the Suez Canal is the desire to redeem itself from the shocking defeat suffered in the war with Israel. He pointed out that any likelihood of Egypt ever invading Israel must be avoided for the sake of maintaining peace in the Middle East.

Major Legge-Bourke suggested that a fighting section of the British troops, or a sufficient quantity of them, should be moved from the Suez area to some other place in the Middle East, possibly Israel. Thus, he said, the British fighting forces could remain in the area while the Suez Canal base would be left with a maintenance squad.