136. Telegram From the Embassy in Israel to the Department of State1

848. In accordance last paragraph Deptel 594,2 I consulted with British and French Embassies. French Ambassador has received no instructions and recently informed his Foreign Ministry that he would prefer not to approach Israelis about any matter until subject sale of Mysteres had been cleared up. British Embassy reports it has received copy of telegram from London to British Embassy Washington suggesting that démarche to Israelis be strengthened by strong admonition against resumption work in demilitarized zone at this time and by taking position that General Bennike’s order is still in effect.

In view of foregoing, I would appreciate Department’s instructions as to whether to proceed with GOI as set forth Deptel 594 or to await new instructions.3

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 684A.85322/2–2756. Secret. Received at 8:19 a.m., February 28. Repeated to London and Paris.
  2. Printed as telegram 2000, Document 120.
  3. The Department of State, in telegram 617, March 2, instructed Lawson to proceed as follows:

    “French Embassy here advises Gilbert has been told he may defer démarche view his recent approach to Israelis on Jordan River matter. British Embassy states firm instructions have now gone to Nicholls. Accordingly you should proceed with GOI as set forth Deptel 594.” (Department of State, Central Files, 684A.85322/2–2756)