LONDON (Mar. 21)
A demand that the British Government make defensive arms available to Israel as a means of insuring peace in the Middle East was voiced in a resolution adopted here last night at a mass rally of London Jews. The rally opened “Demand Arms for Israel” Week, sponsored by the Zionist Federation of Britam.
Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the Jewish Agency, who addressed the rally, expressed exasperation with diplomats who understood that until there was general disarmament, peace could only be maintained by a certain balance of strength, but who forgot “these simple truths” in relation to the Israel-Arab situation. He expressed confidence that once the Arabs realized that the world at large would not permit them to destroy Israel they would move toward normalization of relations with Israel.
He appealed to the friends of Israel to realize that the “new chapter” in Israel’s history that was unfolding–the stage of seeking Israel’s integration into the Middle East would require efforts as intense as those which were needed to bring forth the State of Israel.