Freedom of Suez Passage for Israel Stressed by United States

The United States Government believes that freedom of passage through the Suez Canal is “consistent with the wishes of the United Nations” and applicable to Israel, a spokesman for the U. S. delegation declared here today.

A proposal that the United Nations set up a 25,000-man police force for the Middle East was put forward here by Senator Hubert Humphrey yesterday. Sen. Humphrey, who is a member of the American delegation to the United Nations, made the suggestion at a luncheon of the American Friends of the Hebrew University.

The Senator also urged a UN embargo on all arms shipments to the area-during the UN patrol, freedom of shipping for Israel vessels in the Suez Canal, an all-out attack on the Arab refugee problem, a UN economic aid program for the area, acceptance of a regional Jordan River project, and the construction of a new canal route across Israel. He added that at should be made clear that Israel’s independence and territorial integrity is a “matter of U. S. policy with high priority.”

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