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Report That Israel Favors Eisenhower’s New Plan is Denied

The Israel Government today denied that any of her officials told the press that Israel is favoring President Eisenhower’s new plan for the Middle East and would even be willing to consider the stationing of foreign troops on her territory, if Eisenhower’s collective security program requires it.

The denial was issued from the Prime Minister’s office. It referred to a report which appeared in a New York newspaper attributing the above allegations to a spokesman of the Israel Government. “Nobody could possibly make any statement on something nobody has yet seen,” a spokesman of the Prime Minister’s office said. A similar statement was made tonight by Prime Minister David Ben Gurion in the Israel Parliament.

(In New York, Dr. Emanuel Neumann, president of the Zionist Organization of America, questioned the implications of President Eisenhower’s reported plan to defend the entire Middle East against Soviet aggression. In a speech over the American Broadcasting Co. radio network, Dr. Neumann asked whether Israel can rely on American support in the event Israel’s enemies continue their pressure.)

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