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Israel Labels Egypt’s Demand for Negev As “blackmail”

An Israel Foreign Ministry spokesman today labeled as “war propaganda” a statement in Cairo yesterday by the Egyptian propaganda minister that Egypt would be willing to make a deal with the Western Powers in return for the Negev.

The Israel spokesman said that the statement by Egyptian Minister for National Guidance Major Salah Salem was “another device of Egypt’s war propaganda against Israel.” It is “idle” to assume that Egypt can exact “blackmail” at the expense of Israel territory, he said, adding: “No part of Israel’s territory is at the disposal of anyone to serve as a quid pro quo for political or military arrangement of any kind, nor for any other purpose.”