Hammarskjold Due Today in Israel for Talks; Brings Moscow Proposal
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Hammarskjold Due Today in Israel for Talks; Brings Moscow Proposal

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United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, who is due here tomorrow, will according to reliable sources–bring with him a Soviet proposal for the lessening of Arab-Israel tension.

Although the nature of the Moscow offer has not been disclosed, it is believed here that it goes beyond the mere declaration made by top Soviet leaders Nikolai Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev in London that the Soviet Government is prepared to cooperate with the United Nations to solve the Arab-Israel deadlock.

In circles close to the Israel Foreign Ministry, the feeling prevails that the Soviet plan bears a price tag. However, the Israel Government would be prepared to consider it, if it is not unreasonable, it was indicated. The same sources also believe that Mr. Hammarskjold will disillusion the rulers of Jordan and Egypt when he presents them with the Soviet views on the Arab-Israel issue.

Immediately after his arrival in Jerusalem tomorrow, Mr. Hammarskjold will begin conversations with Premier David Ben Gurion at which neither Israel Foreign Minister Golda Myerson nor U.N. truce chief Maj. Gen. E.L.M. Burns will be present. Only after this extremely important face to face talk, will Mr. Hammarskjold embark on formal talks which are expected to continue till late Friday. These talks will be held in the presence of Gen. Burns and other UN officials, on the one hand, and the Israeli Foreign Minister and other top Israeli officials, on the other.

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