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U.S. Labor Movement to Press for Direct Arab-israel Peace Talks

Walter Peuther vice-president of the AFL-CIO, promised today that the American labor movement would use its fullest influence with the United States Government to have it press for direct negotiations between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

He also said that the United Nations should exert influence to negotiate a peace settlement between Israel and the Arab States that would give Israel free passage through the Suez Canal, free entry to the Gulf of Elath and the elimination of military bases in the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip.

Mr. Reuther stated his views in a cable to Histadruth general secretary Pinchus Lavon. He said that organized workers understood that Israel had no choice but to undertake its campaign against Egypt before Egypt had the opportunity to use Russian arms against Israel.