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Leading Italian Newspaper Proposes Israel Join Arab States in Federation

The newspaper II Popolo, official organ of Premier Aminitore Fanfani’s Christian Democratic Party, proposed in an editorial today that Israel join the Arab states in a Federal union which would aid peace not only in the Middle East but through out the world.

An Arab-Israel federation, the newspaper declared, would not only eliminate Arab-Israel conflicts, but would give Israel an opportunity to contribute “to the economic and social development of the Arab countries. ” The editorial pointed out that “the relationship between the Arab minority and the Jews in Israel confirms the possibility of Arab-Jewish co-existence, with equal rights for all. “

The editorial which warmly lauded Israel, also praised Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman of the Jewish Agency, for defining Arab nationalism as “a historically healthy and justifiable phenomenon, not necessarily in contrast with Israel’s interests. “

Prime Minister Fanfani, who is also the Italian Foreign Minister, will visit Cairo, probably before the end of October, according to official government sources.