Israel’s Role in Asia Analyzed at International Socialist Parley

Israel’s role in helping bring the East and the West together is being stressed by members of the Israel delegation at the current meeting of the Socialist International here.

Dr. Peretz Naphtali, member of the Israel Cabinet, told the congress that Israel will play an important part in bringing the two sections of the world into cooperation. He said Israel has a western background, although it regards itself as a part of Asia and its settlement work is of great significance for Asistic nations.

Reuven Barkatt, another member of the Israel group, speaking on the problem of underdeveloped countries, insisted that the Socialists must overcome both the obstacles of extreme nationalism and military dictatorship and shape a new relationship between eastern and western socialism. Citing Israel as an example of such a development, Mr. Barkatt said that the Jewish State was a land where “pioneers and workers are artisans of a new society based on free, constructive socialism able to combine nationalist aspirations with Socialist ideals.”

During a luncheon given by the Israel delegation for India, Indonesian and Burmese Socialists, Arab-Israeli relations were discussed. At that time the Indian delegation head, who is chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Indian Socialist Party, invited the Mapai to send a delegation to India. The invitation was accepted.

Mrs. Beba Idelson, who participated in a Socialist women’s conference, addressed a public meeting of Italian Socialist women. Speaking in Hebrew, she presented the views of Israel’s Socialist women.

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