Eisenhower-macmillan Talks Seen Leading to Mid-east Watchfulness
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Eisenhower-macmillan Talks Seen Leading to Mid-east Watchfulness

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An Anglo-American system of anticipating Middle East exigencies, including the Arab-Israel situation, was envisaged here in the wake of the talks between President Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

The Prime Minister revealed on his departure from Washington that he did not believe that Anglo-American leaders should wait until a crisis explodes before formulating policy. To anticipate emergencies and plan ahead, Mr. Macmillan saw the development of a “system of cooperation” involving Britain and the United States on Middle East issues.

Ideas and methods of blocking Communist penetration of the Arab states were discussed by the Prime Minister and the President in their talks here. They covered Western ideas on rallying Arab friendship. According to good authority, Israel was mentioned in this connection.

There have been reports circulating here and in London that Prime Minister Macmillan envisaged the possibility of territorial concessions by Israel and re-admission of some Arab refugees. According to this reported line of thinking, the Arabs might be convinced of Western friendship if the West could get Israel to give into the Arabs on such points, in the name of regional stability.

(Britain and the United Nations will “rush aid” to the victim of aggression if Israel is attacked by its Arab neighbors. Sir Francis Rundall, London’s Ambassador to Israel, declared in Jerusalem. Sir Francis made the statement in an interview in the newspaper Haboker this week-end.)

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