Adherence to Johnston Jordan Water Plan Is
Reaffirmed by U • S •, • Arms Supplies Delayed
By PHILIP SLOMOVITZ
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Official
sources here reaffirined the United
States government's strong adher-
ence to the Johnston Plan which
proposed the utilization of the Jor-
dan Rivers waters for the benefit
of both Israel and the Arabs.
"But there is not much disposi-
tion on the part of the Arabs to
adhere to it," the responsible gov-
ernment spokesman declared.
The U.S. still would like the
Johnston Plan to be the frame-
work in solving the water prob.
lem, but Arab opposition makes
the problem over Israel's water
project and the Arab threat to
divert the head sources a major
issue, it was emphasized here.
In the course of deliberations at
the annual State Department
Foreign Policy Conference attend-
ed by more than 500 editors and
broadcasters numerous problems
involving the Middle East and
Arab-Israel relations were aired
and it became known that there
will be a measure of military aid
to four Arab states and to Israel
but that there will be a delay in
implementing definite decisions.
The U.S., it was emphasized,
takes a strong stand that neither
Israel nor the Arab states is justi-
fied in resorting to aggressive
military action, and that while the
U.S. is committed to keeping and
encouraging the peace there is no
way of judging in advance what
action would be taken by our gov-
ernment in the event of Arab
attacks on Israel.
On the question of Arab refu-
gees, it was admitted by a U.S.
spokesman that ration cards of de-
ceased refugees still are being
used—that "it is a continuing prob-
lem we are trying to correct by
bringing about a rectification of
the refugee rolls. We are especially
trying to correct the matter in
cases of people who bought such
cards to make profit for them-
A prominent government official
admitted that the Arabs—especially
Jordan—aim to retain the refugee
problem as a "Palestinian prob-
lem" and they want the refugees
to stay in the camps as a means
of emphasizing that the Palestine
problem still exists.
The Middle East arms race re-
mains "a dilemma" for the U.S.
government, it was emphasized,
and it was indicated that Israel
can still secure weapons from
several sources, but on "harder
"The U.S..," the spokesman
said," "still refrains from being
a major provider of arms."
Accused of "placating the Arabs
and Nasser," the U.S. official said
it was an "oversimplification."
Asserting that the U.S. opposes
the Arab boycott of Jewish firms,
the official said the State Depart-
ment opposes the Williams-Javits
bill which would outlaw Arab
boycott activities, but he added
that Israel gains from the boycott
because it spurs her on to greater
activity — such as the establish-
ment of her merchant marine and
Conceding a desire to retain an
arms balance, the spokesman re-
called that Israel two years ago
did receive from the U.S. $25,-
000,000 worth of missiles.
The Emperor said to Rabban
Gamliel: "Your God is a thief,
for did He not cause Adam to fall
asleep and then steal one of his
Interesting facts were revealed
here on the Middle East water
question. It was established that
under the Johnston Plan Israel
would have received 40 per cent
of the water and the Arabs 60
per cent. The, present cost is 27
cents per thousand gallons. But a
State Department official said that
within 10 years desalination will
provide water at the rate of 12
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cents per thousand gallons and
Israel then will be able to use
water from the Mediterranean.
Meanwhile Arab diversion of
Jordan headwaters threatens par-
tial salination of presently secured
waters, and that is delaying Israel's
heavier flow of water via the new
water system to the Negev.
It was revealed that the Arabs
so far have done very little to
implement their diversion threat.
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