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Egypt Will Not Attack Israel, Premier Assures British Deputy

Aneurin Bevan, British Labor Party leader, was told by Egyptian Premier Gen. Mohamed Naguib that he would not attack Israel, Mr. Bevan told a group of Israeli Parliamentary deputies with whom he met here last night.

Mr. Bevan, who visited the Knesset building as a guest of Speaker Joseph Sprinzak, repeated a conversation he had had recently with the Egyptian “strong man.” He said that Gen. Naguib had declared: “I shall not attack Israel. Only a crazy man would wish to start a war in the Middle East, which would almost certainly develop into a world war.”

It is understood that Mr. Bevan expressed the opinion that the Arab states could not at this time come to an agreement with such a “dynamic force” as Israel. The Arab states, particularly Jordan, feel that any relaxation of their pressure on Israel would “encourage” Israel in what they believe to be her expansionist policy, Mr. Bevan told the Israelis.

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