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Israel Hopes for Easing of Arab Hostility Due to Nuclear Test Ban Pact

Israeli officials indicated today a belief that the next session of the United Nations General Assembly, which opens September 17, will seek to exploit the current relaxation of East-West tensions and the new international spirit of the three-power nuclear test ban pact, to pierce the deadlock on the Israel-Arab dispute.

Hopes were indicated that the discussion on the Arab refugee problem at the Assembly would be moderate and constructive, as a result of the new international spirit. Atop Foreign Ministry official indicated that Israel would support all measures at the Assembly against South Africa’s racial policies, short of expulsion. Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, will again head the Israeli delegation. Gideon Raphael, the Foreign Ministry’s assistant director-general, left today for New York to augment the Israeli mission to the next Assembly.