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Cabinet Makes Eshkol, Eban Sole Spokesmen on Foreign Affairs

The Israeli Cabinet had acted today to replace the multiplicity of voices that have announced Israel policies and to redefine the authority of its spokesmen.

Following last night’s Cabinet meeting, it was announced that in future only Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and Foreign Minister Abba S. Eban were authorized to make official foreign policy statements. Gen. Moshe Dayan, the Minister of Defense, whose frequent statements to the press on his foreign policy views have, on occasion, embarrassed the Government, was authorized to speak on defense matters.

An interview with Gen. Dayan in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung was one of a number reportedly mentioned in the Cabinet. Gen. Dayan has denied the newspaper version of the interview in which he purportedly asserted that Israel would be compelled to fight Soviet forces if they intervened in the Middle East and attacked Israel.

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