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Israel Can Become Meeting Place of West and Middle East Cultures, Elath Says

Israel can become a meeting place in the Middle East for modern developments and ancient traditions, Israel Ambassador Elath declared here last night at the annual meeting of the Institute of Ethnic Affairs.

Mr. Elath assorted that both the Israelis and the Arabs faced the same problem of becoming assimilated in western civilization without surrendering entirely their spiritual and cultural heritages. He also said that he hoped to see Israel set an example for the Middle East in social and economic stability and thus help the region make and increasing contribution to the welfare of the world.

He also pointed out that now that Israel is an independent state it can deal with its neighbors on an equal basis. “After the Arabs have become reconciled to the fact of Israel’s existence, the common interests will come to the foreground,” the Ambassador stressed.