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Jordan

A.E.

Will suspend more of squadron until Sec. Council dispose of Quibya incident.
What else shd. we do? Now, or in event of attack. Shd. we discuss with Jordan. Is any despatch of troops by us a sedative or a provocation in this area? We cd. tell Israel we don't intend it to be used v. them & at same time tht. we have Treaty with J – a balanced statement.

Al.

I wd. send no troops in while there is a risk of trouble. Don't want them mixed up in it.

A.E.

Jordan won't attack Israel. Our men wd. therefore be deterrent to violence, which will come only fr. Israel.
* We cd. discuss situation in event of attack.

Al.

Yes : for if Israel attacked they wd. over-run Jordan so fast we cdn't help them.

A.H.

Don't want to send a battn. Wdn't be enough to do any good, if trouble started.

A.E.

* V. well. Rely on squadron for deterrent.

P.M.

Fear becomg. involved in war with Israel.

A.E.

Chances of I. attack on J. wd. be increased if they knew we wdn't honour our Treaty.
* But I will work out terms of warning statement to Israel, and submit it to Cabinet.

P.M.

Don't want even to honour this Treaty oblign. Cd. we not in event go running to U.N.

A.E.

What about our Iraq Treaty.

M-F.

Tho' I am Zionist, I support A.E.'s original plan because I think it wd. have a steadying effect. Can't ignore the open sore betwn. Arabs & Jews & risk tht. it may explode on an incident.

Al.

Won't go off by accident : it will be planned by I. Govt. Tho' Quibya was not planned.

P.M.

We cd. ask U.S. at B'muda what their policy is to be in reln. to pacificn. of Israel/Arab situation.
Agreed : A.E. to work out { warning to I.
{ statement for J. if we send mil.
de L. Aircraft wd. be badly exposed, as no early warning system.

A.E.

Inclined to send 1 squadron for training, when Quibya is finished in U.N., and add to that warning to Israel re Treaty.

Taken from C.C. 67(53) - Meeting held on 17 November 1953.