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Israel Reported Adopting a ‘wait and See’ Policy Toward Iraqi Events

Reports received here from Israel in connection with the revolution in Iraq indicated today that the Israel Government has adopted a policy of “wait and see” with regard to the new regime in Baghdad. It expects from the new regime the usual anti-Israel propaganda, but is not afraid of any immediate practical repercussions upon her position, since the Arab countries will be too much concerned among themselves.

The Times of London said that there will be “the usual anxiety in Israel over anything that could give Nasser a foothold north and east as well as south” of the country. At the same time the paper pointed out that, while there is jubilation in Cairo over the revolution on Iraq, this is not the case in Syria and Jordan. Both Arab countries, the paper stressed, are not on speaking terms with Nasser and will be waiting to see how strong in practical terms the Nasserite flavor of the new regime in Iraq is, before deciding whether it represents a danger to their own stability.

Israel, according to reports from Tel Aviv, considers the new regime in Iraq as outspokenly anti-Communist, although from a military point of view Iraq is likely also in the near future to depend on Soviet arms.

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