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Italian Parliament Hears Report on Israel-egyptian Conflict

Although Italy can understand the provocation under which Israel acted against Egypt, Italian Foreign Minister Gaetano Martino told Parliament today, it does not approve of military action as a solution for the problems of the Middle East.

Sr. Martino declared the United Nations a failure in checking Egyptian violation of international agreements. This UN failure, he continued, had encouraged Nasser in his aggressiveness toward Israel and in concluding a military alliance with Syria and Jordan aimed at Israel. The Foreign Minister said that the Israel Government felt that it would not be doing its duty toward its people if it did not “intervene drastically in a political and military position which had escaped from the control of moderate and moderating elements.”

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