JERUSALEM (Jul. 20)
The Israel Cabinet met today to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East. It is assumed that the Cabinet also discussed the possibility of a “summit meeting” suggested by Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev and its implications for Israel.
Israel diplomacy has been active in the Western capitals in recent months in connection with the possibility of a summit conference, but these activities were based on the assumption that the Middle East would constitute only a part of the summit agenda.
Top level consultations were started today in the Foreign Ministry here on problems that might involve Israel during a summit conference. At the present moment there are no special plans to send an Israeli mission abroad in this connection, but the possibility is not excluded that unofficial Israeli observers would be found in the lobbies of a summit conference, should such a meeting take place.
Israel envoys in the Western capitals will receive instructions on Israel’s current position as soon as decisions are reached. In the meantime, Premier David Ben Gurion urgently summoned the Yugoslav ambassador and is expected to have urgent talks with other ambassadors. Observers attach special importance to the meeting today between Mr. Ben Gurion and the Yugoslav envoy, since the latter is the first ambassador of a country other than the Big Four with whom Premier Ben Gurion has consulted, and also because Yugoslavia is a friend of both Israel and Egypt.