NEW YORK (Sep. 21)
The American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs today made it known that it is seeking the views of candidates for the United States Congress on the issue of granting arms to the Arabs in advance of an Arab-Israel peace. A memorandum to this effect, signed by Louis Lipsky, chairman of the Committee, has been sent to Jewish leaders throughout the country for submission to Congressional candidates in their area. The memorandum reads:
“The steps now being taken by the United States Government to supply arms to the Arab states in spite of their reluctance to align themselves firmly and openly with the Western world and without their agreement to end their belligerence against the State of Israel will not promote the cause of peace nor the cause of military defense against aggressive Communism.
“On the contrary, the premature supply of arms to the Arab states without conditions will, in effect, delay peace, stimulate Arab hostility against Israel and obstruct the organization of an effective defense system in the region. Verbal assurances of good intentions alternating with threats and appeals to hatred are meaningless performances upon which no reliance can be placed.”