Danger of Arab-israel Tension Emphasized at Senate Committee

Henry A. Byroade, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Arab-Israel tension represents the greatest danger in the Near East because “the security council of the United Nations, much as we deplore the fact, will be more and more ineffective on helping on this problem.”

This was revealed today when the Senate committee published hearings on the Foreign Aid Bill for the new fiscal year. Mr. Byroade said the one place in the Near East where he could not report progress was the Arab-Israel region. He reported on increasing Soviet activities in the region in what he said was a Red campaign to win the friendship of the Arabs.

Complete confidence was expressed by Mr. Byroade in Iraqi assurances that U.S. munitions grants will never be used against Israel. He also said that counter suggestions advanced to Ambassador Eric Johnston’s Jordan development scheme are “not acceptable by any means” to the United States. He reported that “the Kibya affair set us back, perhaps, a year in everything we are trying to do.”

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