Sen. Flanders Bids Israel to Cease ‘recruiting’ Immigrants

Sen. Ralph E. Flanders, Vermont Republican, told the Senate today that there could be no end to Middle East tension without “concessions” by both Israel and the Arab nations.

He said in a Senate address that Israel must cease “recruiting Jews from those parts of the world where they are not living in fear and oppression.” He took issue with the “expansionist recruiting” which, he said, Israel is “presently doing in South America.”

Sen. Flanders said that “to fill up the narrow confines of their present territory with new hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are not refugees from terror cannot fail to be considered as an evidence of imperialistic designs by the Arab nations by which Israel is surrounded.”

On the other hand, the Senator said, the Arabs “must recognize the existence of Israel as a fact, reconcile themselves to it, and learn from “the remarkable results achieved by Israel in making the maximum of its resources.”

In earlier remarks, Sen. Flanders called for a friendlier U.S. policy toward the United Arab Republic and assistance to the Nasser regime.

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