Arab Summit Conference Avoids Military Action Against Israel

The Arab summit conference in Cairo moved toward adjournment today with what appeared to be an agreement to avoid military action against Israel in the dispute over Israel’s Jordan River irrigation project.

The 13 Arab rulers agreed to set up a military command to strengthen the Arab position on problems related to Israel but there was no indication that this was a step toward military action. A spokesman said that the joint command would have a permanent headquarters and financial capabilities but such details appeared to have been left for subsequent action.

A general resolution received finishing touches today at the Cairo conference and it was assumed that this would include an Arab plan to divert Jordan River waters to prevent Israel from using them.

Foreign ministers of the Arab nations were to meet today to put the conference resolution in final form. The Arab League’s military and financial commitees also meet today to discuss the new command. A final summit session to approve the resolution was expected tonight.

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