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U.S. and Britain Building Up Israel’s Military Strength, Moscow Says

The Soviet Union today accused the West of building up Israel’s military strength for a “new adventure” in the Middle East. Pravda said “we cannot fail to notice that the Western Powers have been feverishly arming Israel during the past months.”

The Communist newspaper said “Israel has recently signed agreements for the supply of arms with Britain, France, Belgium, Italy and the United States. This confirms the reports that the British and U.S. imperialists are once again counting on Israel preparing a new adventure.”

(In Washington, Secretary of State Dulles said today that the State Department has received vague reports on a new Soviet arms deal with the United Arab Republic but had no “hard” information on it. He said that, therefore, he did not feel in a position to confirm or deny reports of a massive new Soviet arms deal with Col. Nasser. Reports on such a deal were carried by London newspapers from their correspondents in Cairo.)

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