WASHINGTON (Dec. 6)
Israel Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett said today after a lengthy meeting with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles that “extensive reference” was made to peace proposals by British Prime Minister Anthony Eden and that he told. Mr. Dulles that Israel will not agree to cession of its territory. The Israel Minister stressed that Israel clearly differentiates between minor frontier adjustments and cession of sovereign territory.
The meeting included a broad exchange of views on the possibility of a peace settlement, Mr. Sharett told newsmen. “Various possibilities” were “weighed” in “a spirit of exploration,” he revealed, but “no conclusions were reached.” He added that Middle Eastern peace prospects were certainly not better and “may, on the contrary, be worse.” Asked to amplify this view, Mr. Sharett pointed to the growth of Egyptian armed strength.
Secretary Dulles indicated to Mr. Sharett that Israel’s arms list remains under study. The question of peace, the Israel Foreign Minister told newsmen, was up to the Arab side “if there is willingness on the Arab side.”