WASHINGTON (Apr. 8)
Secretary of State John Foster Dulles today instructed the U. S. Ambassadors in Israel and in Egypt to urge the two governments to “cool off” along the Gaza strip. State Department sources said that it may be indicated to Israel that its arms application would be negatively affected unless its troops refrain from shooting.
The instructions to the American envoys were issued by Mr. Dulles after he conferred this week-end with President Eisenhower on the fighting along the Israel-Egyptian border. A State Department spokesman said that the United States Government fully backs Maj. Gen. E. L. M. Burns, United Nations truce chief, in his attempt to check further fighting on the Israel-Egyptian frontier.
A report was circulated in Washington today that the State Department has suspended consideration of the Israel arms application until U. N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold returns from his “peace-mission” to the Middle East and makes recommendations on his findings. The State Department declined to comment on this report.
Charles E. Bohlen, U.S. Ambassador to Moscow, arrived here today with new information on the Soviet drive to penetrate the Middle East. The House Foreign Affairs Committee indicated yesterday that it may ask Ambassador Bohlen to appear before the Committee. It may also ask George Wadsworth, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, to appear. Mr. Wadsworth came to Washington to discuss the new concessions demanded by Saudi Arabia to the agreement under which the Dhahran air base is leased to the United States.