JERUSALEM (May. 11)
If Senator J. W. Fulbright, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, decides to visit Israel during his impending visit to the Middle East, he will be welcome here and Israel’s leading Government personalities will receive him. it was stated today.
(In Washington, Senate sources said Senator Fulbright, after leaving Cairo, will examine the Arab refugee situation in Jordan and then enter Israel. On his return, he will report to Congress on the impasse in Arab-Israel relations caused by the Arab refugee controversy.
(Senator Fulbright will be accompanied by Mrs. Fulbright and by Carl Marcy, Chief of Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.)
Cairo Radio, in announcing plans for the American Senator’s visit there, described the Arkansan as “the Senator who in recent days worked to do the United Arab Republic good in the Cleopatra crisis”–a reference to Senator Fulbright’s condemnation of the picketing of the Arab freighter in New York Harbor by American seamen protesting Arab discrimination against them.
The Cairo Radio said Mr. Fulbright would remain in Cairo for three days.
One of his aides has been in touch with the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv with respect to the possibility of a visit to this country.
(Cairo Radio has repeatedly criticized the United States during the last few days, the Manchester Guardian reported today, alleging that the United States is “rearming” Israel. Cairo Radio also accused the United States of giving economic aid only to countries which allowed the Americans to “dominate” their affairs. the British newspaper said. It said the picketing of the Cleopatra by American maritime workers in New York was only one of the elements that had contributed to the deterioration of relations between the United States and the United Arab Republic.)