TEL AVIV (Mar. 27)
Peace between Israel and the Arab states is still remote, Walter Eytan, director-general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, warned today at a public meeting. He said that not a single Arab statesman is powerful or courageous enough to start an all-out peace effort.
Weary talks under the auspices of the U.N. Palestine Conciliation Commission have achieved precisely nothing, but showed that feelings among Arab statesmen against Israel are very strong, Dr. Eytan said.
Representatives of Israel, Transjordan and the United Nations today visited the Beit Jibrin area to investigate charges made by Transjordan that Israel forces violated the truce agreement and crossed the demarcation lines in pursuing Arab marauders. The mixed armistice commission decided in favor of Transjordan.
Meanwhile, Transjordan authorities today banned the transfer of foodstuffs by members of the consular corps from the Arab-hold part of Jerusalem to the Jewish section of the city. At the same time, Transjordan withdrew from the representatives of Czechoslovakia, Poland and Switzerland permission to cross from the Jewish part of Jerusalem into the Arab section.