Ben Gurion Summons U.S. Ambassador for Talk on Israel’s Security

Premier David Ben Gurion summoned American Ambassador Edward B. Lawson to his office last night for a discussion of Israel’s security position and the situation in general in the Middle East. Earlier in the day, Mr. Ben Gurion met with his Army Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Moshe Dayan.

Meanwhile, it was indicated here that Israel has accepted in principle UN chief Dag Hammarskjold’s proposals for pacification of the Nitzana-El Auja demilitarized zone. The plan, presented to both Jerusalem and Cairo by UN truce chief Maj. Gen. E. L. M. Burns, calls for withdrawal of all troops from the zone, with Israel being allowed to keep police units in the zone and Egypt being permitted to maintain three military checkpoints along the border. The UN would also undertake to mark the border between the two countries in the zone.

It was reported here that Egypt has rejected the UN plan, objecting to Israel keeping any police in the demilitarized zone and refusing to limit her troops at the checkpoints to 30, as provided for in the armistice agreement. Cairo also objects to the marking of the international boundary.

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