Need of Direct Arab-israel Peace Talks Stressed by Israeli Diplomat
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Need of Direct Arab-israel Peace Talks Stressed by Israeli Diplomat

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Peace talks between Israel and the Arab states constitute the prime need in the Middle East, Dr. Eliezer Yapou, a member of the Israel delegation to the United Nations, and the delegation’s counsellor in charge of information, told the annual “U. N. Town Meeting of the World” here this week.

“The basic problem in the Middle East,” Dr. Yapou said, “is how to make the Arab states sit down to talk about all the problems started by them with premeditated acts of force a few minutes after the establishment of our State–the consequences of which we still feel today.”

The United States policy in the Middle East is not only to achieve peace there, but to obtain “peace with justice,” the “Town Meeting of the World” was told by another of the speakers, Christopher H. Phillips, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. Other speakers on the program were Dr. Mohammad Ali Massoud-Ansari, of Iran; and Rokhi Jaipal, a member of the Indian delegation to the United Nations.

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