WASHINGTON (Mar. 27)
The Israel proposal for peace arrangements with Egypt was lauded from the floor of the Senate this week-end by Senator Herbert H. Lehman. He urged the United States Government to use its persuasive power upon Egypt to accept the proposal as a basis for negotiation.
“The proposal by the Government of Israel, made through Ambassador Abba Eban in the United Nations Security Council last week, was the first constructive proposal I have heard in many months to deal frontally with the tragic tensions which now exist between Israel and her Arab neighbors, ” Sen. Lehman told the Senate. He urged the Egyptian Government to give concrete evidence that Egypt accepts the existence of Israel within her present boundaries and will move forward to normalization of relations between Egypt and Israel.
Both countries must be willing to meet each other half way, he said, to negotiate and to reach agreements. “I am sure Israel is so disposed. I hope that Egypt will be likewise disposed,” the Senator stated. He called on the U.S. Government to give full support to the Israel proposal for peace.
“Our government can do a great deal which it is not now doing,” he said. “Our government should be moving with full force and vigor to rescue Israel from the isolation which now engulfs her in the Middle East. We should be pushing the excellent Johnston Plan for the joint development and use of the Jordan River basin. By bringing the nations–all the nations–in the Middle East together, by helping to establish a common front among them, to the maximum extent possible, we thereby advance the cause of Middle Eastern security, and consequently, of free world security.”