U.S. Does Not Envisage Drastic Territorial Changes for Israel

Israel Embassy circles indicated today that the clarification of Secretary John Foster Dulles’ recent policy statement is still proceeding and that further conversations will take place both in Washington and in Jerusalem.

The most important point so far elucidated, according to Embassy sources, is the assurance by State Department officials that the Secretary’s speech does not envisage unilateral or drastic territorial changes. Fears of this point expressed in the Israel press have been described by Israel officials here as unfounded since it is not assumed that any but minor adjustments will be agreed to.

Israel officials point out that even this clarification does not insure that the U.S. and Israel have the same idea on what can be called a minor change. Nor does it fully dispose of the criticism that linking border adjustments with progress on a security treaty might produce a deadlock on the latter question which is described in Secretary Dulles’ speech as of urgent importance.

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