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Egyptian Statesmen Urge Peace with Israel; Former Foreign Minister Supports Movement

A movement for a separate peace with Israel has been launched by “numerous Egyptian statesmen” according to the Arab newspaper Falastin, published in the Arab-held part of Jerusalem. The paper reports that important elements in Egypt advocate peace with Israel even at the price of ignoring the views of other Arab states.

The popular feeling current in Cairo, the paper reports, is that every effort must be made by Egypt to withdraw from its “present delicate position with regard to Israel even if it means sacrificing the whole problem of the Arab refugees and the question of compensation for Arab property.” The Arab News Agency similarly reports that Akmed Luth Pasha, former Foreign Minister of Egypt, said in Cairo today that peace must be established with Israel since the Jewish state is recognized by the United Nations.