JERUSALEM (May. 24)
The Israel Cabinet today discussed measures to prevent further confiscation by Egypt of Israeli cargoes carried on ships passing the Suez Canal. The decision by Egypt to impound Israel cargo on the Danish freighter Ingor Toft–which was detained this week-end at the entrance to the Suez Canal–was termed here today by the government as “an act of international piracy.”
The matter will be pursued at the forthcoming meeting of the Cabinet which is expected to meet during the week in extraordinary session. Meanwhile it was reported here today by an Army spokesman that an Egyptian boat was detained in Israeli territorial waters. The boat was en route to Lebanon. The crew will be interrogated at the Haifa port.
The Israeli cargo seized by the Egyptian authorities on the Ingor Taft consisted of potash and cement destined for the Far East. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said today no formal action with the United Nations has been taken by Israel as yet with regard to this “new act of international piracy,” pending the receipt of official information from the ship’s owners, the Gold Star Line, which is registered in Hamburg, Germany.