Middle East Plan for Eisenhower-khrushchev Talks Proposed in Israel
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Middle East Plan for Eisenhower-khrushchev Talks Proposed in Israel

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A member of Israel’s caretaker Cabinet proposed today that the Israel Government submit a three-point plan for settlement of the Middle East problems to President Eisenhower and Premier Khrushchev for their consideration when they meet in the United States later this month.

Minister of Health Israel Barzilai told the central committee of the Mapam Party–one of the two labor parties that broke with Premier David Ben Gurion–that Israel should submit its proposals for study by the two world leaders and for action by any subsequent summit meeting. His plan covered the following points:

1. Neutralization of the Middle East.

2. An American-Soviet agreement to guarantee the present frontiers of the states of the Middle East.

3. An American-Soviet agreement to use the influence of both to bring about direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Arabs to end belligerency, to ensure freedom of navigation and to settle the Arab refugee question.

Another Mapam member of the Israel Cabinet, Mordechai Bentov, warned the central committee of hardships Israel must face when German reparations payments end, and asserted that only a partnership of the three labor parties of Israel would be able to cope with the situation. Mr. Bentov is Israel’s Minister of Development.

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