The King of Jordan, Hussein, is reported to be striving to turn aside threats to his regime by Arab extremists and to establish "a balance of power" with Israel.
Prime Minister talking to newsmen.
TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS: (Reporter)Going back to the demonstrations, the Palestine liberation organization says your country isn't militant enough in removing the Israelis from what you consider to be Palestine territory. Is your country doing anything to strengthen itself along these lines, to make it more acceptable to the more militant liberation group? (Wasi Tell) Well of course, there are the chair-borne strategists who start suggesting to us what we should do with the military from Beirut or from Beirut or from their comfortable flats in Cairo here and there. There are of course those who approach us who like exploit.
NO Arab country is multiplying its military force and doing as much effort and expenditures as Jordan. Now everything is quiet and has lifted several degrees of curfew from practically everywhere. We are with out security forces on the alert to prevent any disturbances which might snowball into a big demonstration, then we need bigger force to disperse it.
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Background: The King of Jordan, Hussein, is reported to be striving to turn aside threats to his regime by Arab extremists and to establish "a balance of power" with Israel. The King has put the blame for the current powderkeg crisis in the Middle East on agitation by the Soviet Union.
Tensions in the area reportedly remained higher than at any time in the past ten years. The 31 year-old Arab King called an emergency session of the Jordanian parliament for Thursday (1 Dec.) to discuss the crisis.
With this background, the Prime Minister of Jordan, Wasi Tell, met with newsmen who questioned him about the increased friction with Israel.