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Ball: U.S. Action in Cambodia Could Lead to Israel’s Fall and Russian Mideast Domination

George Ball, former Undersecretary of State and U.S. Ambassador to the UN warned yesterday that one of the “grave consequences” of American action in Cambodia could be the fall of Israel and Russian dominance in the Middle East. Mr. Ball testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “How can anyone doubt that Soviet leadership is so consciously factoring into its calculations about the Middle East our increasing entanglement in the glue pot of Southeast Asia and the rising violence of a divided and angry America?” Mr. Ball said. He claimed that the Russians might be able to neutralize the Israeli Air Force through increased aid to Egypt which could result in the destruction of Israel and “shift the balance of power catastrophically against the West.”