Truman Receives Histadrut Leader; Speaks of Arab-israel Peace

President Truman today told Secretary General Mordecai Namir of the Histadrut–the Israel Federation of Labor–that the Jewish state is doing a remarkable job and that he is very pleased and would like to see Israel live in peace with its neighbors, He called attention to the fact that Israel and Arab states are located in the valley of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers which he described as the cradle of peace and civilization.

The President expressed the hope that the Tigris and Euphrates area would be restored to a breeding place of peace and civilization.. He said he was glad to meet Mr. Namir and told him that he would like to see peace not only in the Middle East but all over the world. The president added that he would appreciate it if the Histadrut representative would help him work for peace.

Mr. Namir, who was Israel Minister to the U.S.S.R. far two and one-half years, is in the United States in connection with the $10,000,000 Histadrut fund-raising campaign. He called on the President to express appreciation for aid to Israel and the Histadrut.

“Israel aspires with all its might and soul for peace in the world,” Mr. Namir told President Truman. “Our state is interested in peaceful relationships and friendships with every nation that is prepared for peace and friendship with us. According to our internal regime and our world outlook, we consider threatens our democracy, we are prepared to contribute our full share to its defense.”

The Histadrut leader added that “the Jewish people are blessed with a long memory and we believe that the United States will never have occasion to regret the aid which it is extending to us.” He was accompanied to the White House by Joseph Schlossberg, general chairman of the National Committee for Labor Israel; Isaac Hamlin, general secretary of the committee, Charles Segal, special events director, and Federal Security Administrator Oscar R. Ewing.

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