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Eisenhower Says He Approved Suspension of U.S. Aid to Israel

October 22, 1953
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President Eisenhower made known today at a press conference that he was consulted by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles on the Arab-Israel situation and participated with approval in the decision to cut off United States economic aid for Israel. Asked if the suspension of aid had been discussed by him with Sec. Dulles, the President answered affirmatively, in a firm and emphatic tone.

Meanwhile, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development announced today that to create “a better understanding of the Bank in the Middle East area, ” Dorsey Stephens has been sent as the Bank’s representative for the region to open offices in Beirut after October 27. The countries in which Mr. Stephens will carry out his duties include Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. An application has been made by Israel for membership in the Bank but no action has been taken as yet.

Egyptian Ambassador Ahmen Hussein today congratulated President Eisenhower in a message which said: “The decision of the Eisenhower Administration to stop aid to Israel as a result of Israel’s disregard of United Nations’ rulings will do much to strengthen the faith of the Arab world in the United States. “

The State Department today received a report from Amman that a mob tried to storm the United States Information Office but was repelled by troops of the Arab Legion. Glass windows were destroyed and a U. S. Embassy automobile wrecked. The mob also cried for “revenge in blood” against Israel.

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