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Ben Gurion Reports on Security Situation; Evaluates Syrian Incidents

The security situation along the Syrian and Gaze Strip borders was extensively reviewed today by Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and Chief of Staff Gen. Moshe Dayan at a meeting of the Knesset Foreign Affairs Committee.

Committee members were told that it was assumed that recent Syrian border incidents were not the result of a policy ordered by the Syrian Government but rather of local commanders’ making, possibly because previous orders from the Syrian Government against shooting have been relaxed. An increase in security measures along the Gaza border, possibly to the level existing before the Sinai campaign, was suggested for border settlements in the Committee discussions.

The right-wing Herut today submitted a motion for tomorrow’s Knesset agenda to debate the issue of possible establishment of diplomatic relations with West Germany, in the light of Premier Ben Gurion’s statement to this effect at his conference with the foreign press last Friday. Another Herut motion called for dissolution of Knesset and holding of elections. This motion was similarly tabled for tomorrow, but it may be joined with the first proposal on a Herut contention that the Government is acting against public opinion.

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