WASHINGTON (Mar. 31)
President Eisenhower today called on Israel and the Arab states to restrain their partisans and extremists and to use what he described as a little bit of reason and to depend upon the judgments of outside people. The President said there was so much emotionalism in the Israel-Arab situation that one can’t tell from day to day how it will come out.
Mr. Eisenhower declined to comment when asked if he favored bringing the Israel-Arab dispute before the United Nations Security Council. He said he thought if he commented at this moment he would be speaking a little recklessly.
The United States, he said, has a definite program which has been supported by thoroughly approving the idea that is implicit in the United Nations plan that through some economic unity a better psychological and political unity would be achieved. Therefore, he said, the United States has been supporting the plan of development, including water development and sharing, that this nation hoped would be effective.
The Near East Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has arranged a meeting tomorrow to examine the Israel-Arab crisis. It is believed that the meeting will be held in executive session behind closed doors. Arthur Z. Gardiner, a Department of State official who is chief political and economic advisor of the Near Eastern Division, will appear before the subcommittee.