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Johnson Asks Eight Senators to Visit Israel; Sen. Morse to Lead Group

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President Johnson has requested a group of 8 seraters, who will go soon to meet with the parliaments of India and Japan, to visit also Israel, it was announced here last night by Sen. Wayne Morse, Oregon Democrat. Sen, Morse made that announcement while addressing the opening session of a four-day national convention of the Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America. He said the group of semtors, for whom he will act as chairman, will comply with the President’s request and will make Israel part of their itinerary.

“Our delegation,” said Sen, Morse, “will certainly discuss many outstanding political issues that plague the Middle East, I know that one of the unique contributions of Israel to world peace has been its program of technical assistance in Africa. The success of this program has attracted much interest on the part of Congress and the administrators of our own aid program. It would appear that, by careful selection of countries and careful planning of activities, Israel has accomplished so much with such good results that we are anxious to learn from her.”

Other addresses were delivered at the session by Ambassador Avraham Harman, Israel’s envoy to Washington, and Mrs. Eli Resnikoff, national president of the Mizrachi Women’s Organization. Sen. Morse was awarded the organization’s “American-Israel Friendship Award.” He pledged that the senators to visit Israel would focus their attention on contributions that can be made toward a peaceful solution of the Middle East problems through programs of mutual assistance.

The 1,000 delegates to the convention, representing 50,000 members in 37 states and the District of Columbia, adopted resolutions today, urging the United States Government to continue to make strong representations to the Soviet Union on behalf of religious and cultural freedoms for the Jews in the USSR and pledging support to the United Nations convention against genocide. The convention also voted to support a regional disarmament program in the Middle East as a prelude to a more general agreement by all states in the Middle East.

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