ROME (May. 27)
The Moroccan Ambassador to Italy, A. Boucetta, expressed the hope at a press conference here today that Italian political circles would favor internationalization of “the Holy City,” Jerusalem.
The envoy explained to the correspondents the decision taken by 13 Arab heads of state at the summit conference last January in Cairo to block Israel’s National Water Carrier project by diverting tributaries of the Jordan River in the neighboring Arab states. He said that Morocco expected from Italy only intervention for Israeli compliance with United Nations resolutions on the Arab refugees.
He said also that Morocco “shares the fear” that irrigation of Israel’s Negev area by water from the Jordan River would permit land reclamation to facilitate the immigration of millions of Jews. This, he added, would produce “demographic pressure” on the surrounding Arab world.