10. Note From Secretary of State Dulles to the Israeli Ambassador (Eban)1

The Secretary of State presents his compliments to His Excellency the Ambassador of Israel and has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Ambassador’s note of December 25, 1956 on the subject of raids into Israeli territory.2

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These regrettable raids as described would appear to be in violation of the General Armistice Agreements between the Arab states and Israel. The Government of Israel, it is believed, should have recourse to the machinery established by the Agreements for the purpose of investigating and resolving reported violations thereof.

The United States Government holds the view that the parties should comply with all the provisions of the recent General Assembly resolutions on the hostilities in the Near East. The United States is making this attitude clear in its relations with the states concerned.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 674.84A/12–2556. Drafted by Blackiston and Rockwell and cleared with Gamon.
  2. Not printed. In his note to Dulles of December 25, Eban called Dulles’ attention “to the renewal of Fedayeen raids against Israel under Egyptian direction from the territory of neighboring Arab States.” (Ibid.)