Moscow Accuses Israel, France of Plotting New War on Egypt

Radio Moscow charged tonight that Israel and France were plotting new military action against Egypt and warned that this might touch off a major war.

Quoting a Tass dispatch to the effect that French Premier Guy Mollet’s government has promised to support Israel if the latter takes up arms against Egypt, Radio Moscow said: “The French Air Force is ready to take part in an attack against Egypt and will assure aircover for Israel troops.”

The Tass dispatch claimed that the U.S. Government “had taken on itself some kind of guarantees to Israel directed against the Arab countries.” This was said to have been done in the form of a “gentleman’s agreement” between Secretary Dulles and Israel Foreign Minister Golda Meir. Premier David Ben Gurion was accused of making “undisguised” threats against Egypt.

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