Soviet Organ Attacks Israel; Says Ben Gurion is an “extremist”

A severe attack on Israel was published yesterday in Izvestia, official organ of the Soviet Government, the New York Times reported today in a cable from Moscow. The cable said that the Soviet Government announced its support of Egypt’s nationalization of the Suez Canal.

Izvestia said that statements in Israeli Government circles cast doubt on Israel’s desire to seek peace. “A small group of military rulers of Israel are trying to lead that country on a path fraught with dangerous consequences,” the Moscow newspaper wrote. It included Premier David Ben Gurion in its list of “extremists.”

Discussing the Israeli-Arab situation, Izvestia took exception to recent statements by Premier David Ben Gurion and Abba Eban, Ambassador to the United States, alluding to “punishment” of the Arab states for reported provocations. Izvestia charged that Israeli leaders had created the impression of fulfilling an “alien will” because” in the ruling circles of Israel they speak openly about the fact that the war that would begin in Palestine would not remain a local war.”

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