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Israel Not Approached by Britain for Permit to Station Troops

The Israel Foreign Office denied categorically today that Israel had been approached by Great Britain with a proposal to station British troops “anywhere in Israel.”

The Foreign Office made its denial in a statement to the press. At the same time, it instructed its Embassy in London to inquire of the British Foreign Office as to the possible source of a rumor published last week to the effect that Britain had approached Israel on the possibilities of establishing a military base at Haifa. Israel’s envoy in London was instructed to express his government’s “utter amazement” regarding such a report.