Sen. Flanders Assails Israel in Senate; is Retiring from Congress

Sen. Ralph E. Flanders, Republican, who is retiring from the Senate this session, today made a slashing attack on the State of Israel.

The Vermont Senator said that until the United States recognizes that Israel is the main problem undermining the peace of the Arab world, “we will continue to lose our influence and Western Europe’s future of freedom and prosperity will be increasingly jeopardized.”

The “vital concern” of the Arabs is an expanding Israel, he asserted. “The obvious overhanging threat of danger in the Middle East is presented by the growing strength and expansion of the new nation of Israel,” he added.

He alleged that Israel “long ago completed the justifiable function” of providing a refuge for Jews actually displaced by persecution. He said that the plight of thousands of uprooted Arabs removed from their homes in Israel “is what the whole Arab world knows and sees.” The Senator quoted approvingly an article condemning Israel by the late Iraqi Premier Nuries-Said.

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