British Govt. to Follow U.S. Policy on Arab-israel Issue

Britain will follow the United States policy on the Arab-Israel situation, it was indicated here today in official circles which pointed out that the Tripartite Declaration guaranteeing Israel and the neighboring Arab countries against aggression is still the basic policy of the British Government.

At the same time, it was reported in the press that the British Government is now “reassessing” its Middle East policy and is posing the question whether the Tripartite Declaration can really prevent the outbreak of an Arab-Israel war. Another question is whether it is good policy to favor the Arabs when Israel is the only democratic nation in the Middle East.

The Sunday Times published today an exclusive interview with King Hussein of Jordan in which the monarch was quoted as stating “we have no intention of attacking Israel; all we want is to put ourselves into as strong defensive position as possible.” This, he said, was why he had dismissed Lt. Gen. John B. Glubb as commander of the Arab Legion. Gen. Glubb, who returned to London after his dismissal by King Hussein, in a letter to the Times of London yesterday, advised the British Government against “getting tough” with Jordan and urged that the British subsidy to Jordan be continued.

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