Egypt Provoked Gaza Clashes, Israel Premier Tells Knesset

As long as Egypt insists upon claiming a state of war with Israel, in violation of its obligations under international law, it must “face the consequences,” Premier Moshe Sharett of Israel declared today in Parliament.

Speaking at the conclusion of a debate on the proposed budget for the Premier’s Office and the Foreign Ministry, Mr. Sharett noted that such consequences include “armed clashes and bloody battles” and charged that Egypt had provoked them. It is up to Egypt, he continued, to decide between the present state of affairs “with all the losses and perils with which it is fraught” and complete abstention from any acts of hostility and scrupulous fulfillment of the terms of the armistice agreement.

Mr. Sharett lashed out at the “pernicious political character” of the recently signed Turco-Iraqi pact, charging that this resulted from Anglo-American policy in the Middle East. He reiterated the view that the Anglo-American policy of supplying arms to the Arab states was altering the political balance within the region and threatening Israel’s security.

The Premier made it clear that while the Soviet Union also opposes the Turkish-Iraqi treaty, Israel and the USSR have no common stand in this opposition.

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