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Khrushchev Reportedly Charges Israel Responsible for “state of Tension”

The London press today carries an interview which Soviet Communist leader Nikita Khrushchev gave to the correspondent of the Cairo newspaper Al Ahram who accompanied Yemen’s Crown Prince to Moscow. According to the correspondent, Mr. Khrushchev said that Israel is trying to maintain “a state of tension” in the Middle East, in order to receive Western aid.

Mr. Khrushchev told the Arab correspondent that “a war between the Arab countries and Israel would mean World War III.” He refused to speculate about Israel’s future-“lest the Western Powers accuse us of provoking a war.” However, he was quoted as stating that Israel is “an imperialist creation” and if the Arabs remain patient and united “all the results will be in their favor.” He is also quoted as having boasted that the Zionists were “thrown out” of the Soviet Union.