WASHINGTON (Aug. 22)
A bipartisan congressional group composed of four Republicans and one Democrat met this week-end with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, and expressed concern over Israel’s situation arising from the Anglo-Egyptian pact on British evacuation of the Suez Canal area.
Sen. Leverett Saltonstall, Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee, headed the group, which included Senators Irving M. Ives and Herbert H. Lehman, of New York; Representative Jacob K. Javits, of New York; and Representative William B. Gray, of Indiana. Sen. Lehman was the only Democrat of the group.
Mr. Dulles assured the group, Sen. Saltonstall said, that the State Department is trying constantly to improve Israel-Arab relations. Sen. Saltonstall declared the reason for conferring with the Secretary of State was the group’s desire to “express concern over three points of critical importance to the stabilization of relations between Israel and other countries in the Middle East.”
These three points, Sen. Saltonstall declared, are: “The preliminary Suez agreement between Egypt and Britain and its bearing on Egypt’s blockade of shipping to and from Israel; the effects on the security of Israel of military agreements between the United States and Arab nations; and military assistance by the United States to Israel itself.”