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Israel Will Not Accept “mutilation” of Its Territory, Eban Says

Israel cannot accept any peace based on “mutilation or humiliation.” Ambassador Aban Eban declared here, addressing the Overseas Writers Club. He interpreted Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden’s proposals for territorial sacrifices by Israel as “an unchivalrous view, especially if held by those accustomed to rule large areas outside their national boundaries.”

The Israel Ambassador said his government has no information to support reports that United States officials are optimistic about chances of Arab-Israel settlement. He cited evidence of continuing Arab hostility, including a military threat against Israel voiced yesterday by the Egyptian Commander-in-Chief. “The very fact that Israel is devoted to peace, “Mr. Eban said, “impels us to issue a warning against optimism not founded on facts.”

In an address today before the Republican National Committee meeting in Chicago. Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., United States delegate to the United Nations, credited the U.S. with having performed an important role in “the maintenance of the Israel-Arab armistice agreements… although the situation there is still explosive and the sending of weapons by the Communists is portentous.”

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