Labor Zionists Urge Washington to Bring Arabs and Israel Together
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Labor Zionists Urge Washington to Bring Arabs and Israel Together

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The 53-member central committee of the Labor Zionist Organization of America, comprising representatives from all parts of the country and meeting in a special two-day session concluded here today, called upon the Administration in Washington to make a vigorous effort to bring the Arab states and Israel together for direct negotiations on the establishment of peaceful relations between them.

Unless the present tense situation in the Near East is alleviated, a resolution adopted by the meeting warns, the defensive strength of that strategically vital area against possible Communist incursions will continue to be precarious, and instead of forming a bulwark for the free world it may become again a scene of violent unrest.

Until a stable peace is established between the Arab states and Israel, the resolution further warns, it would be foolhardy to implement the policy decision of the State Department to supply arms to Iraq and Egypt, for that would only fortify the Arab states in their hostility toward Israel and would not contribute to their internal stability or to the stability of the area.

The Administration in Washington was therefore urged not to send arms to any of the Arab states unless they: 1. Proclaim their readiness to join in the defense of the free world against Communist aggression; 2. Agree to negotiate a peace settlement with the State of Israel; and 3. Abandon their direct and indirect boycott and blockade of Israel in advance of any such negotiations.

The central committee of the LZOA also adopted a program for the promotion of immigration to Israel, whether for permanent settlement or limited-term service of members of the organization and other American Jews.

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