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Truman Urges Direct Arab-israel Talks for Permanent Peace

Former President Harry Truman today received Louis Segal, general secretary of the Farband-Labor Zionist Order, and discussed with him at length the Israel situation. Mr. Truman expressed deep satisfaction with Israel’s accomplishments. He voiced the hope that the day is near when the Arab nations will recognize that it is to their best advantage economically and politically to enter into direct negotiations with the State of Israel to arrange for a permanent peace.

Mr. Truman also expressed great admiration for Prime Minister David Ben Gurion as an individual and as a very able leader of Israel, which occupies an important place in world democracy. Mr. Truman asked Mr. Segal to assure Mr. Ben Gurion that he hopes to have the opportunity to visit Israel in the not too distant future.