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Eshkol Confers with U.S. Ambassador on Israel’s Water Pumping Plan

Israel’s Prime Minister Levi Eshkol today held an hour-long talk with U.S. Ambassador Walworth Barbour during which Israel’s plans to start pumping water from the Jordan River and Lake Tiberias to the Negev were discussed.

The United States is supporting Israel’s water development plan within the frame-work of the regional water development project developed by the late Eric Johnston, special American envoy who presented the project to Israel and the Arab countries about ten years ago.

It was learned here that the U.S. and British embassies reminded the Arab rulers attending the summit conference in Cairo that the two Western Powers continue to stand by their previous positions on the regional use of the Jordan River waters by Israel and the involved Arab countries. The U.S. and British embassies in Cairo have also made inquiries about the Arab military plans decided upon today by the participants of the summit conference of the Arab rulers.

(In Cairo, an Arab spokesman revealed that the American and British embassies there reaffirmed Western views on the Arab-Israel situation in an apparent warning to Egyptian President Nasser that the U.S. and Britain plan to stand by their pledge to prevent armed Arab-Israeli conflict.)

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