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Moscow Assails American-israel Desalination Pact; Incites Arabs

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The Moscow radio today, in an Arab-language broadcast beamed to the Arab countries, assailed the American-Israel desalination agreement, asserting that it would go far beyond the limits of desalination and should, therefore, be a cause of concern to the Arabs. The broadcast said that Prime Minister Eshkol himself had “insinuated” that nuclear cooperation would not be restricted to desalination. “It is clear to what the Israeli Prime Minister refers as the most modern weapons,” Moscow claimed. “Obtaining these weapons overtly is forbidden, so Israel found a pretext to hide nuclear cooperation with the United States.”

The Moscow broadcast also accused Israel of “provocative conduct” in proceeding with its Jordan waters plans. The broadcast charged that “instead of seeking ways for a peaceful solution to the question of the Jordan waters with all the countries concerned, Israel’s ruling quarters are pursuing another course which cannot be described except as ‘provocative.’ Tel Aviv is in fact defying the Arabs and does not wish to take into account their vital interests.”

“The Israeli expansionist policy will only lead to the complication of the situation in the Near East,” the broadcast asserted. It said that “these dangerous actions” were started during the Eshkol visit to the United States. It warned “the ruling quarters in Washington” of “the dangerous consequences to which the actions of their allies in Tel Aviv could lead.”

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