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Strong Israel Urged

Gen.(Ret.) George Keegan, former chief of intelligence of the U.S. Air Force, said here that a strong, free Israel was vital to American interests. Keegan, who ended a week-long visit to Israel, said that if the Arab strategy in the Mediterranean succeeded, the only beneficiary would be the Soviet Union which would then be in a position to increase its threat to the free world.

According to Keegan, Israel represents the only assurance against the new Soviet imperialism in this region. He said that the Arab strategy, after losing four wars, is to isolate Israel and to get the U.S. and the free world to exert pressure on it. This must not succeed, he said.