ISRAEL: Useful Leverage

On the first of August the Israeli ambassador in Moscow transmitted to Jerusalem a threatening note he had been handed by the Soviet government. The next day Washington learned that Israel was about to ban the overflights of U.S. and British planes across Israeli territory, thereby cutting off the vital airlift of oil and supplies, one of the few trickles of aid that is reaching beleaguered Jordan.

Secretary of State Dulles, not believing that Israel could be intimidated by the sort of blustering Soviet note that the Turks receive and reject nearly...

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