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Syrian Premier Considers Diversion of Jordan Waters a Waste of Time

June 2, 1965
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Syrian Premier Hafez has become the first leader of an Arab country bordering Israel to state publicly that efforts to divert the Jordan River to deny its waters to Israel were a waste of time, the Guardian of Manchester reported today from Beirut.

The Syrian Premier’s views were expressed in an interview with a Beirut newspaper yesterday. The Guardian correspondent also wrote that the absence of progress in the recently concluded talks in Cairo by Arab Premiers, together with the lack of Arab response to the retaliatory Israeli raid on Jordan last Thursday “brought home the bitter truth that the Arabs are in no shape to risk a war with Israel.”

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