Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, returning from talks with American President Eisenhower and United Nations Secretary Dag Hammarskjold, arrived London Airport, mar 17, for the talks with U.
Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, returning from talks with American President Eisenhower and United Nations Secretary Dag Hammarskjold, arrived London Airport, mar 17, for the talks with U.K. government leaders.
He refused to tell press interviewers whether he wanted arms from Britain; people directly involved in negotiations should be told about them before the press was. Ideally, he would like complete Middle East disarmament even before Great Power of Disarmament - if that should come about, he said - but while a certain Great Power continued giving arms to the United Arab Republic this hope seemed unlikely to be fulfilled.
While Mr. Ben-Gurion was speaking, 100 Arab students demonstrated in the distance with banners. Police prevented them from closer approach.
Later, the Israeli Prime Minister lunched with British Prime Minister Macmillan, with whom he also had evening talks. His programme includes discussions with delegations from the Board of jewish Deputies and British Zionist Federation, and a Press, conference, Mar 18.
Israeli sources state conversations with Mr. Macmillan will cover a broad field. Israeli's Prime Minister reputedly has little faith in a Middle East arms embargo, which he believes Communist countries would manage to circumvent, and in the circumstances he would welcome arms from Britain. More British "Centurion" tanks are expected to be made available for Israel.
The prospect of further arms for Israel prompted a Lebanese protest, delivered by her Ambassador in London, Mr. Ibrahim el-Ahdab, to Minister of State John Profumo at the Foreign Office, Mar 17. Mr. El-Ahdab was told MR. Ben-Gurion's visit was a private one.