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Secretary Dulles Discusses Syrian-israel Rift with Eban

September 28, 1953
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Secretary of State John Foster Dulles yesterday discussed with Israel Ambassador Abba Eban the controversy involving Israel’s use of the waters of the Jordan River. This question, however, was only one of a number of subjects discussed.

Mr. Eban said that, in view of his recent return from Israel, a “detailed survey of American-Israel relations in all aspects” was entered into. He said that he did not raise the question of the United States’ failure to officially recognize Israel’s “Conquest of the Desert” exposition.

Mr. Eban said he gave Mr. Dulles a full account of Israel’s position on the Jordan River controversy. It is believed that the conversation also involved a move made known by the Administration to divert to Iran Mutual Security funds voted to Israel. Mr. Eban was accompanied by Reuven Shiloah, newly-arrived Minister Plenipotentiary assigned to the Embassy.

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