NEW YORK (Sep. 11)
A call for the United States to use its good offices to promote a permanent peace settlement between the Arab states and Israel and to guarantee the inviolability of the armistice boundaries between Israel and its neighboring Arab states pending such a permanent settlement was voiced here today in a resolution adopted at the 12th annual convention of the Manhattan Region of the Zionist Organization of America.
Jacob K. Javits, New York State Attorney General and chief speaker at today’s session, called Secretary of State John Foster Dulle’s policy statement last month on the Middle East a “distinguished and significant beginning” to an American re-evaluation of its policy in the area which, he said, had been influenced by British oil and military needs. He said that Sec. Dulles’ proposal gives the initiative for peace in the Middle East to the United States and “puts the discussion about U.S. -Israel relations in the area of U.S. and free world security where it belongs.”
Mr. Javits further opposed the contention that American security guarantees to the Middle East states should be dependent upon “prior agreement” between the Arabs and Israelis. Noting that the Arabs refuse to deal with Israel and refuse to recognize its existence, he asserted that waiting for their prior agreement would amount, in effect, to giving the Arabs a veto power over guarantees to Israel. Other featured speakers at the conference were Col. Katriel Salmon, Israel military attache in Washington, Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum and Jacques Torczyner, Zionist leaders.