LONDON (May. 24)
Israel-Egyptian military talks on border pacification delayed by last week’s incidents along the Gaza strip, are expected to take place toward the end of next week, the Times of London reported today.
The newspaper said that it was probable that the main point under discussion will be the erection of effective physical barriers along the whole length of the Gaza border. If this is agreed upon, UN truce chief Gen. E.L.M. Burns’ proposal for joint UN-Israel-Egyptian border patrols will be dropped, it predicted.
In an editorial on the Israel-Egyptian situation, the Times warned that regardless of what local commanders’ agreement is reached, “the real difficulties will remain unsolved until Egypt modifies her present attitude of open hostility and exercises effective control over the refugees in the Gaza strip who now find an irresistible temptation to sabotage pipelines and mine roads to new Israel settlements.”
The editorial also noted that “the Gaza tension is not without influence on Israel’s internal situation.” It said that the uneasiness over the British adherence to the Iraqi-Turkish pact, viewed in Israel as further evidence of Anglo-American appeasement of the Arabs, coupled with the border tension has given rise to the feeling that Israel is a “beleaguered city”.