WASHINGTON (Nov. 16)
The United States will consult carefully with Britain and France before approving the arms list, or any portion of it, submitted today by Israel to the State Department, it was indicated in official circles. Action would then be taken, it was said, in accordance with Western diplomatic objectives in the area.
An entirely new review of the Israel-Arab situation will be initiated here when Secretary of State Dulles discusses Geneva developments, including the Mideast crisis, with President Eisenhower at Gettysburg, Pa. Dulles returns to Washington tomorrow and will fly directly to Gettysburg.
It was hinted by State Department sources today that the review will cover the question of U.S. arms sales to Israel, security guarantees, and economic aid to the area. A formula will be sought to win Egypt away from Communist influence. Consideration of Israel’s arms request will be linked by the State Department to steps the United States feels Israel should take to bring about regional peace, in keeping with proposals by British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and the August 26 proposals of Secretary Dulles.
The United States has not openly indicated a view of the Eden “compromise” suggestion rejected by Israel. But some State Department circles feel that Israel will have to make some sacrifices, territorial and otherwise, if the Arabs are to agree to Israel’s boundaries and other points prerequisite to the security guaranty cited yesterday by President Eisenhower and originally outlined August 26 by Secretary Dulles.