Z.O.A. Asks Eisenhower to Seek Direct Arab-israel Peace Talks

The national executive council of the Zionist Organization of America, in a declaration unanimously adopted today addressed a plea to President Eisenhower “to apply the full weight of his prestige and influence” to the achievement of a just peace settlement through direct negotiations between Israel and Egypt as well as other Arab states. It also called for a mutual security treaty with Israel.

The declaration, presented to the Council by Dr. Emanuel Neumann, ZOA president, also called upon the nationwide membership of the organization “and Israel’s friends everywhere to rally to her side, to increase and intensify their material and moral aid and to work unremittingly for the day when Israel shall be able to build for peace, security and freedom.”

The declaration makes an urgent appeal to the U.S. Government “to take a firm and unyielding stand against Soviet encroachments in the Middle East and there by avert further Soviet aggression and global conflict.” It further urges our government “to act speedily in inaugurating a new policy and a new era in the Middle East by strengthening the hands of our democratic ally, Israel, in its struggle against the enemies of freedom and by entering into a mutual security treaty with Israel.”

The declaration also urges the U.S. Government “to insure that Israel ships shall have the same rights of passage through the Suez Canal as will be enjoyed by other users of the Canal.” It opposes any attempt to utilize the machinery of the United Nations to reestablish an untenable armistice or to impose an unjust settlement on Israel.

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