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October 24, 1962

CABLE FROM ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTRY (ARAD) TO ISRAELI EMBASSY, WASHINGTON

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    A cable on the conversation between Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and US Ambassador to Israel Walworth Barbour devoted to the crisis in Cuba. The cable says "The PM told Barbour that with regard to the Cuban Crisis we [Israel] had nothing better to do than pray." and that "The PM replied that Israel is trying to maintain peace."
    "Cable from Israeli Foreign Ministry (Arad) to Israeli Embassy, Washington," October 24, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, File MFA 3440\20, Israel State Archive (ISA), Jerusalem, Israel; obtained and translated from Hebrew by Guy Laron. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/115407
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 The PM-Barbour [Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion—US Ambassador to Israel Walworth Barbour] conversation was devoted to the crisis in Cuba. Barbour did not add much to what you already had heard from the Secretary [of State Dean Rusk]. [Barbour]...did not succeed in discussing issues in US-Israeli relations; he felt the Prime Minister’s concern over the international situation…

The PM told Barbour that with regard to the Cuban Crisis we [Israel] had nothing better to do than pray.

Barbour reiterated the State Department’s instruction asking Syria and Israel to maintain order along their border in view of the [tense international] situation. The PM replied that Israel is trying to maintain peace.

Barbour told me later that he was impressed by the PM’s ability to focus on the crux of the matter…

[Shimshon] Arad [Head, North America Desk, Foreign Ministry]