Arab-israel Issue Raised in House of Lords: Govt Statement Sought
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Arab-israel Issue Raised in House of Lords: Govt Statement Sought

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The British Government was asked in the House of Lords today to give the House some “hope and encouragement” about Israel-Arab relations. The pleas was voiced by Lord Jowett, Labor, during a debate on the Queen’s speech.

Lord Jowett expressed the hope that when Lord Salisbury, the government spokesman summed up tomorrow, he would be able to make an encouraging statement. “If only we can get this fact recognized, “said Lord Jowett, “that Israel is there that Israel is a fact and that Israel is going to continue to be a fact-if we can get that firmly recognized by all sides, then all sorts of adjustments may be made at the present time and all sorts of adjustments may be made particularly regarding the problems of the refugees.”

He also chided his “old personal friend,” the Archbishop of York, who in a recent diocesan letter spouted a considerable quantity of Arab propaganda against Israel. “The wrongs are not all on one side.” Lord Jowett suggested cautioning the maintenance of a “judicial point of view” in the situation.

In the House of Commons last night, Barnett Janner, Labor complained that the Queen’s speech had omitted all references to the “injustices being done to Israel, “He pointed out that arms were being sent to the adjoining Arab countries and treaties were being signed with them, but not with Israel. “What is being done to show that we believe in the democracy we preach about#” he asked.

Ambassador Eliahu Elath of Israel called on Foreign Secretary Harold Macmillan today for a 45-minute discussion of the general Middle East situation. The Ambassador is understood to have brought to the attention of the Foreign Secretary the Israel Government’s views on current problems.

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