JERUSALEM (Jan. 12)
Israel’s Cabinet discussed today, at its regular weekly meeting, the developments surrounding Israel’s project for drawing waters from the Jordan River and Lake Tiberias to the Negev, in the light of the summit conference of Arab heads of state convening tomorrow in Cairo.
Mrs. Golda Meir, the Foreign Minister, reported to the Cabinet about steps taken by the Government to counteract the Arab propaganda campaign, aimed at distorting the nature of Israel’s water project.
While political quarters discount Arab threats against Israel, and view the Cairo summit parley as motivated chiefly by Arab maneuvering for leadership of the Arab bloc, it is feared nevertheless that the situation may endanger the peace of the Middle East.
No details of the “measures” reported by Mrs. Meir were disclosed following her report to the Cabinet. It was assumed, however, that Israel is in contact with other governments, restating its position regarding the water project, and emphasizing that the development is purely an internal matter, calling for no interference on the part of outside powers or international bodies.