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Sen. Fulbright Reports Impressions on Israel; Stresses Refugee Problem

Chairman Fulbright of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told a press conference today that he has not yet sorted out or evaluated his impressions on his visit to Israel, Egypt and Jordan and that he would make a formal Committee report later. He said that both Nasser and Ben-Gurion appear to be “afflicted with ancient prejudices that caused so much trouble in that area. “

The Senator reported that he visited a project for “collective farming” in Israel and that it was “well planned. ” Also that he found the teaching of new immigrants very encouraging. He said much money had been spent in Israel and that Israel “has the air of being well off.”

The Arab refugee situation was “a very serious problem, ” he stated. He said Nasser feels Americans do not know the Arab side of the issue, adding that Nasser was willing to implement UN resolutions on the Suez Canal if Israel abided by UN resolutions on repatriation of Arab refugees.