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The Egyptian Premier, Lt. Col. Gamal Abdel Nasser, addressing a crowd of 50,000 in Cairo, threatened Israel with an “explosion” in the Middle East, and indicated that Egypt does not intend to negotiate any peace treaty with Israel, it was reported in the New York Times from Cairo.

“We would like to declare that, if the Israeli aggressions do not cease and if Israel continues to fail to comply with repeated decisions of the United Nations, the situation in the Near East may explode,” Colonel Nasser said. “Such an explosion would be far less costly to the Arab world than to the patrons of Israel who are responsible for keeping her alive.”

The Egyptian Premier mentioned the efforts of the Western powers to create an effective defense organization in the Middle East and also limitations put on arms shipments to the Arab states pending the concluding of a peace treaty with Israel. The defense of the Middle East, said Colonel Nasser, was primarily the responsibility of the Arabs.

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