JERUSALEM (Nov. 4)
The Israel Foreign Ministry disclosed today that it had instructed Israel diplomats abroad to call to the attention of the governments concerned the renewed Soviet-United Arab Republic propaganda drive against Israel on the future of Jordan.
The diplomats were expected to cite the statements of Israel’s position made in Knesset by Prime Minister David Ben Gurion as well as the official denial by Jordan that there were any Israel troop concentrations on the Jordanian border.
(The violent press and radio campaign launched by Cairo charging that Israel is mobilizing to invade Jordan backfired in Istanbul today as two leading Turkish newspapers rejected the Nasser claims. The newspaper Cumhuriyet said Cairo was trying to build up a war scare to force Iraq and the Lebanon into the arms of the United Arab Republic. The newspaper Yeni Sabah said that Soviet support encouraged the Egyptians to make such threats as that they would wipe Israel off the face of the map.
(Britain will erect a new radio relay transmitter at a cost of about 500,000 pounds ($1,400,000) to relay the BBC programs to the Middle East, Saudia Arabia and East Africa in a supreme effort to offset the voice of Radio Cairo, it was learned in London today. The House of Commons has voted approval of a plan to increase British radio services to Africa submitted by Dr. Charles Hill, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lanchester, which will substantially increase Britain’s present 15 million pounds ($42,000,000) annual expenditure on propaganda for this area.)
Dag Hammarskjold, United Nations Secretary General, is expected in the Middle East the last week of December. He will visit United Nations Emergency Force contingents on duty in Gaza and at the Gulf of Akaba, and that will keep his promised meeting with Prime Minister David Ben Gurion at the Prime Minister’s vacation home at Sde Boker in the Negev.
Mr. Ben Gurion told the Knesser last week that the Secretary General had agreed to meet him to discuss the full implementation of the Israel-Jordan armistice agreement on which Israel insists.