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Dayan Warns Arabs Israel’s Retaliation Will Not Always Be Limited

Defense Minister Moshe Dayan warned the Arab states yesterday that they should not assume that Israeli retaliation would always be limited in scope. He spoke at the Zionist General Council meeting here. In a continuation of such warnings recently by Israeli leaders, Gen. Dayan said Israel’s policy was to try to prevent a new war by careful calculation of response to both cease-fire violations and terrorist attacks against Israel while preparing for the possibility of renewal of full scale war by the Arabs.

He also said he thought Israel’s commando raid on Jordan’s East Ghor irrigation canal was “a good lesson” to the Jordanians that “our blood is not cheaper than their water” and he warned that the world was not fully aware of the extent of Soviet expansionism in the Middle East.