Report That Nixon Promised to Look After Israel’s Security During Cease-fire Period

President Richard M. Nixon has promised to “look after Israel’s security needs” during the 90-day cease-fire with Egypt, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned from reliable sources here today. The pledge was that the United States would not object if Israel detected violations of the cease-fire by the other side and took appropriate steps to counter them. The terms of the cease-fire agreement are believed to include a prohibition on the movement of anti-aircraft rockets into the Suez Canal zone, the construction of new fortifications and the strengthening of existing ones. It is believed however that the construction of roads, not strictly a military undertaking, will be permitted in the cease-fire area as well as the movement of troops in connection with the rotation of garrisons. The JTA learned further that one of the early items on the agenda of Israeli-Egyptian talks under United Nations envoy Gunnar V. Jarring will be an exchange of prisoners of war. There are presently 11 Israelis held captive by Egypt, eight of them pilots.

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