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Assassination Act in Jordan Spells Tension for Israel, Peres Says

The explosion of the time bomb in Amman which killed Premier Majali of Jordan yesterday “throws Israel back from relative calm to the realities of a new tension,” Simon Peres, Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister, said today.

Speaking at a meeting of a Mapai youth group, he said Israel must maintain alertness since “we do not know in which direction the situation will develop.”

Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion met with his advisers last night to discuss the bombing in Amman and its possible implications for Israel. While Jordan is in theory an enemy country, Israel considers the safety of Jordan an important factor in Israel’s political and military strategy as a buffer on Israel’s eastern frontier.