NEW YORK (Apr. 15)
Louis Lipsky, chairman of the American Zionist Council which represents the entire Zionist movement in this country, today called upon the United States Government to use its influence to achieve peace in the Middle East In a statement issued on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the State of Israel, Mr. Lipsky also urged the U. S. to continue to assist all the peoples of the Middle East in the solution of their economic problems.
“As Israel celebrates its fifth year of statehood, her friends throughout the world record their gratification at the significant progress of the reborn state,” the statement said. “We rejoice with the people of Israel that they are continuing to strengthen political democracy and social justice in the Middle East through the development of their own way of life.
“Our joy in Israel’s five years of achievement is married, however, by the fact that the blessings of peace have not yet come to the Middle East. The continuing hostility of the Arab states, their boycott, blockade and three to of renewed aggression have retarded the development of the young Republic. The Soviet Union’s recent attempt to drive the peoples of the Middle East further apart by its cessation of diplomatic relations with Israel has added to Israel’s difficulties.
“Without regional cooperation Israel and its neighbors cannot hope to make the economic progress essential to the welfare of their peoples. Nor will any of the countries of the Middle East be able to withstand Soviet aggression unless they agree to make peace and to cooperate in the defense of their lands,” the statement pointed out.