Washington Will Keep Israel Informed on Policy Toward Syria

Washington has promised Jerusalem that once the United States reaches a final decision on its policy toward Syria it will inform the Israel Government, it was learned here today.

Although it is not yet known what Washington’s line will be, it has become evident that Loy Henderson, State Department representative now in the Middle East, has been trying to reassure Syria’s Moslem neighbors and thus prevent precipitate action against Syria. It is assumed that a similar approach will be made to Israel.

(The Times of London reported from Jerusalem today that Ambassador Abba Eban had conveyed to Premier David Ben Gurion the State Department’s urgent hope that Israel would do nothing to aggravate the present Middle East situation. However, the Times correspondent reported, the Israel Government is “disposed to let the Great Powers work this problem out for themselves.” He added that the only thing which is likely to arouse Israel at this time is if the major powers from both sides begin shipping arms to the Arab states.

(The Daily Telegraph, in an editorial commenting on Middle East events, said that “at the core of many interlocking problems is the Arab-Israel conflict which Russia so disastrously exploited and which could now again be set ablaze by the arming of Syria. There can be no hope of stability until Israel’s frontiers are internationally defined and guaranteed.)

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