NEW YORK (Oct. 25)
Peace can be saved in the Middle East only “if the United States Government chooses to establish the political and military balance in the Near East by furnishing arms to Israel and by guaranteeing her security,” Harry Torczyner, chairman of the commission on Israel of the Zionist Organization of America, reported at a special meeting of the commission last night.
Dr. Emanuel Neumann, chairman of the ZOA executive, blamed the State Department’s appeasement policy toward the Arab States and charged that “step by step we have yielded to political blackmail which the Arab States have practiced so long, so expertly and successfully.”
A call to American Jewry to “mobilize immediately” to protest against the arming of the Arab States by the Soviet bloc and to demand effective counteraction by the United States and the West to safeguard the security of Israel, was voiced here by the Labor Zionist Assembly, spokesman for the four major Labor Zionist organizations in this country.
The call, issued after an emergency meeting of the Assembly’s executive committee, urged American Jews to demand of the U.S. Government: that it not supply the Arab states with arms as a form of appeasement; that it ship arms to Israel, and that it offer Israel a mutual security pact.