Mizrachi Women Ask Truman to Initiate Peace Talks Between Israel and Arab States

An appeal to President Truman to initiate peace talks between Israel and the Arab states was voiced here last night by the delegates to the Silver Jubilee convention of the Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America. The convention resolution called the Middle East in its present situation the “second most volatile area in the world.”

Earlier, Israel Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett, chief speaker at the session, declared that “the response of the Jewish people to the establishment of the Jewish state, impressive as it has been, has most conspicuously lagged behind a staggering increase of the need. The present ingathering of the exiles is a revolutionary phenomenon, nothing short of a miraculous fulfillment of ancient prophesy. It has not yet produced a corresponding transformation in the consciousness of the masses of Jews not directly affected by it, “he said, adding:

“It is utterly anachronistic to raise at this stage issues of status and confidence. The responsibility for the success or failure of this great historic enterprise is, in the ultimate resort, that of the state of Israel. But it is the duty of all Jews, and primarily of Zionists, certainly of all organized Zionist units and the World Zionist Organization, to assist the state of Israel in the discharge of that tremendous responsibility.”

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