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Israel Voices Guarded Approval of U.S. Statement on Syrian Situation

An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman voiced today guarded approval of the statement by Secretary of State Dulles on behalf of President Eisenhower that the United States would make every effort to prevent aggression by Syria against her neighbors.

In reply to questions, the spokesman said that Israel “certainly” considered the Dulles statement a reaffirmation of the Eisenhower Doctrine, that Israel did not consider the statement “too strong” and that it had not disappointed Israel.

However, he stressed, Israel must reserve a more specific opinion of the statement until it had further information from Washington on the United States position on the entire Middle East complex of problems in connection with Syrian moves. He added that the Israel Government expects to receive such detailed information after a meeting this coming Thursday between Secretary Dulles and Israel Ambassador Abba Eban who is expected back at his Washington post tomorrow.

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