International Socialist Congress Hears Israel’s Plea for Peace

Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister made an urgent appeal today to delegates to the International Socialist Congress to press for support by their governments directly and through the United Nations for peace between the Arab countries and Israel.

Asserting it was “high time” that the United Nations used its power and influence to achieve that goal, Mrs. Meir also told the delegates that freedom of the seas must be guaranteed to Israel equally with all nations.

Warning that it was impossible for one part of the world to live in peace while another section was under permanent threat of war, Mrs. Meir said the Middle East was a powder keg threatening world peace. No other group of persons and no other organization desires peace so strongly as members of the Socialist Internationale, she said.

Discussing the problem of the Arab refugees, she said they have been forced by the Arab leaders to live under miserable circumstances, a plight she contrasted with the acceptance by Israel in nine years of 1,000,000 persons, 80 percent of whom, she said, were refugees for whom jobs and food must be provided.

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