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Israel Foreign Minister Warns Egypt on Confiscation of Cargo

Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister. “seriously” warned Egypt yesterday of a possible change in policy about Egyptian ships and cargoes entering Israel territorial waters if Egypt continued to ignore United Nations decisions requiring freedom of passage through the Suez Canal.

Speaking at a press conference here, Mrs. Meir said she was “astounded that the United Nations does not have enough power to impress on the United Arab Republic that to disrespect the various United Nations decisions is intolerable.”

She said she felt that peace between Israel and the Arab neighbors was closer than ever before. The Arab countries have abandoned hopes of destroying Israel and, as a result, the frontiers have been quiet, she said, adding that a remaining problem was the fear of the Arab states of “being the first” to talk about peace.

Mrs. Meir, replying to questions about Jews still in Rumania and the Soviet Union, expressed the hope that the Rumanian Government would renew approval of emigration to Israel for the same humanitarian reasons of re-uniting families on which Jews had been allowed to leave earlier this year. She said she also hoped that the Soviet Union would follow the same procedures for the same reasons as in Rumania.

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