Israelis Discount Concession by Egypt in Acceptance of Refugee Supplies

Israel’s agreement with the United Nations for transshipment from Haifa of food and other goods for the Arab refugees in the Gaza Strip is a one-time arrangement, according to a spokesman for the Israel Foreign Ministry here.

The Egyptian Government has apparently agreed at last to permit moving the goods piled up at Haifa from that port directly to the Gaza Strip. The Foreign Ministry spokesman said there is no need to magnify Egypt’s newly-expressed willingness to accept such a shipment via Israel as a move having any real significance.

Any other interpretation, said Israeli sources, would only give an exaggerated impression that United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold has obtained an important concession in his Cairo talks with Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser. If acceptance of these supplies from Haifa now “is the only concession Mr. Hammarskjold has obtained from Nasser,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said, “then the Secretary-General’s achievements seem meager indeed.”

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