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Israel’s Views on Present Situation Outlined at UJA Dinner

If it is Israel’s destiny not to have peace in its first decade and its first stages of evolution, the State will accept that fact and will carry through its dual process of constructive growth and battle against hostile forces, Abba Eban, Israel Ambassador to the United States, said here tonight at a dinner sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal of Greater New York.

The Ambassador told his listeners that as Israel wards off dangers it is forced to consolidate its strength with increasing speed. “If this be our destiny, then let us accept it,” Mr. Eban continued. “It may be that nothing except the spectacle of Israel’s firm and irrevocable strength will bring about those attitudes in the neighboring world which we passionately long to see and upon which we and they can construct together our common future. “