TEL AVIV (Jun. 27)
Deputy Premier Abba Eban expressed disagreement with Dr. Nahum Goldmann’s contention that peace in the Middle East might be achieved more easily through mediation of Jewish communities throughout the world.
Addressing a Foreign Press Club luncheon, the Deputy Premier said that peace would come not via New York or Buenos Aires but via Jerusalem and the Arab leaders. Dr. Goldmann suggested at a press conference in New York on June 10 that Jewish communities could help to create an atmosphere to pave the way for eventual Israel-Arab peace talks.
Mr. Eban also rejected another Goldmann thesis, expressed here several months ago, that the road to peace led through Moscow and that Israel should cultivate better relations with the Soviet Union. The Deputy Premier said that though the Soviet Union like every other major power, could greatly influence peace developments, peace itself would be reached by direct Arab-Israeli talks.
Summing up the two years of office of Premier Levi Eshkol’s Government, the Deputy Premier said that Israel had continued during that time to consolidate friendly relations on all fronts of the international arena.