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Israel May Act on Moscow’s Arming of Syria; Resents Incitement

Israel Government circles were reported today to be studying means of impressing on Russia the “extreme seriousness” of the Moscow game of both inciting and arming the Syrians. (For more on Syrian arming, see p. 2.)

Informed observers said that following talks with the United States, Israel was likely to make a formal request to the Soviet Government for explanations concerning the Russian campaign of inciting the Syrians and attacking Israel, particularly via Moscow Radio broadcasts. Such a request would again stress that Israel has no aggressive intentions against Syria.

Talks with the Eisenhower Administration would be based on the belief in Israeli Government circles that Soviet support of Syrian aggressiveness clearly extends beyond the framework of the Israel-Arab dispute and cannot, therefore, be handled effectively by Israel alone. Soviet-Syrian provocations, it was reported, are considered as great a danger to the United States position in the Middle East as they are to Israel.

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