WASHINGTON (Jun. 15)
Chairman J. W. Fulbright of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee made a speech today on the floor urging Israeli and Arab leaders to overcome their “irrational emotion” and settle their differences. He suggested specifically that Premier Ben-Gurion of Israel and President Nasser of the United Arab Republic could help case regional tensions.
He blamed both of these “two most powerful potential antagonists” for failure to solve the Arab refugee problem. The Arkansas Democrat termed solution of this problem the key to relaxation of basic tension. He said that neither Israel nor the Arabs were willing to take the first step.
Senator Fulbright reported that both the Israeli and Arab leaders were “considerably more rational in their private statements than they are in their public pronouncements.” He speculated on the possibility for “quiet, off-the-record conversations to be held so that some agreement might be made which would move the problem off dead center.”