47. Telegram From the Department of State to the Secretary of State, at London1

Tedul 6. Eyes only for the Secretary. You will recall that in commenting upon possible repercussions UK–French military action against Egypt, Rountree mentioned likelihood Israeli would embark upon military campaign thus associating in Arab mind Western intervention with Israeli objectives. You might be interested know in conversation yesterday with Russell, Shiloah2 volunteered that if Western powers take any military measures in connection Suez, Israel would insist on participating in them.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/8–156. Top Secret; Niact. Drafted by Rountree and approved and signed by Hoover.
  2. The memorandum of this conversation by Russell, dated August 1, is ibid., NEA Files: Lot 59 D 518, Omega—Memos etc. July 1 to August 31, 1956.