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Tito’s Peace Plan for Middle East Seen in Israel As Having No Chance for Success

The “peace plan” for the Middle East which President Tito of Yugoslavia is now discussing in Cairo with President Nasser of Egypt has not much chance of succeeding, diplomatic sources asserted here today.

According to information received here from American sources. Marshal Tito has in mind some scheme of gradual withdrawal of Israel’s military forces from occupied Egyptian areas, accompanied at each phase by some Egyptian concession. For example, if Israel withdraws to a point 20 miles from the Suez Canal, Egypt would reopen the canal to all shipping, including Israel’s.

At a later stage, Israel would withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula and this would lead to Egyptian recognition of the State of Israel, according to information from the same sources. International guarantees are also part of the Tito scheme. But, Israelis point out. Egypt has insisted on unconditional withdrawal of Israel’s forces and that only then would Egypt decide when and if to talk with Israel. This position, it was asserted here, is unacceptable to Israel.

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