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Jewish Groups Ask Dulles to Step into Middle East Situation

Major Jewish organizations this week-end urged the United States to help maintain the balance of armaments in the Middle East and to regard the new crisis in the area as a United States problem rather than as one threatening Israel only.

Irving M. Engel, president of the American Jewish Committee, cabled Secretary of State John Foster Dulles in Geneva, pointing out that the Czech sales of arms to Egypt and the current border fighting between Israel and Egypt “make it imperative” that Soviet efforts to exploit unrest in the Middle East be defeated.

At Atlantic City, Rabbi Maurice W. Eisendrath, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, told the UAHC executive that Americans would be making “a grave error if they regard the Arab-Israel conflict as a remote duel between two antagonists who can be sized up with cold objectivity.”

(In Montreal, the United Zionist Council of Canada made a strong demand on the four foreign ministers meeting in Geneva “to bear in mind the concern of the entire civilized world for the safety of the Jewish people of Israel.” The Council told the foreign ministers that “guarantees are necessary to prevent any one state engaging in a policy that threatens the life and happiness of other peoples in the Middle East.”)

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