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Israel Cabinet Proclaims Adherence to Eisenhower Doctrine

The Israel Government tonight announced adherence to the principles of the Eisenhower Doctrine which aims to check Communist aggression in the Middle East. In a declaration, it said that Israel welcomes the support of the United States for the preservation of the independence and the integrity of the Middle Eastern states and for their development.

The declaration was issued following two extraordinary meetings of the Israel Cabinet held late last night and early this morning at which the text of the statement was discussed. The text reads:

“On May 2, 1957, Ambassador James P. Richards, special representative of the President of the United States, visited Israel to explain the principles and purposes of American policy for the Middle East as proposed by President Eisenhower and endorsed in a resolution adopted by both Houses of Congress of the United States. Owing to the shortness of the time available these discussions between the two governments were concluded in Washington.

“The Government of Israel welcomed the support of the United States for the preservation of the independence and the integrity of Middle Eastern states and for the development of economic strength dedicated to the maintenance of their independence.

“In the course of these conversations the Government of Israel reaffirmed its adherence to the following principles which, it is confident, also command the sympathy and support of the United States:

“I. Israel reaffirms that in the conduct of its international relations it is guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations to strengthen universal peace, to develop friendly relations among nations, to settle international disputes by peaceful means, and to achieve international cooperation in the economic, social and humanitarian spheres.

“2. In conformity with its obligations under the Charter, it is opposed to aggression from any quarter against the territorial integrity and political independence of any country. It entertains no aggressive intent against a other people or nation anywhere, and is agreed on the importance of preserving the political independence and territorial integrity of the countries of the Middle East.

“3. It recognizes that every effort must be made to achieve lasting peace both in the Middle East and throughout the world and will cooperate with the United States and other friendly governments to this end.

“4. It recognizes that for the promotion of stability, well-being and peace in the Middle East it is vital to promote economic development dedicated to the strengthening of national independence.

“5. The Government of Israel expresses its appreciation of the interest shown and assistance rendered over many ears in the development of the State of Israel by the government and the people of the United States.”

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