Eban Reports to Cabinet Session on Israel-u. S. Relations

Ambassador Abba S. Eban reported to the Israel Cabinet today on problems of United States-Israel relations, on recent developments in American Middle East policy and on problems relating to Israel which will arise in the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly.

Although Mr. Eban left Washington before the Syrian crisis came to a head and therefore had not had direct talks with top American policy-makers on this specific question, it was presumed that he gave the Cabinet an analysis of the lines of the American reaction to the situation based on his appreciation of reports from Washington during the past week.

Israel circles were closely watching developments for indication of United States policy, particularly in view of reports from Washington that certain circles there were again considering the idea of trying to win President Nasser of Egypt over to the West. Israelis in official circles, however, said they were confident Washington had learned its lesson and would not be taken in by Egyptian propaganda. They referred to the violently anti-American speech made by Nasser on July 26 which, they said, had shocked Washington.

Following the Cabinet meeting today, a round of consultations started in the Foreign Ministry under the chairmanship of Foreign Minister Golda Meir. Under discussion were the issues and questions scheduled to arise in the General Assembly involving Israel or on which Israel would have to take a stand. Participating in these talks were the two members of the Knesset, David Ha’Cohen and Izhar Harari, who were named to serve on the Israel delegation to the Assembly.

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