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Book of Former U.N. Chief of Staff Condemned in Knesset by Eban

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Foreign Minister Abba Eban denounced in Parliament today a recent book by a former chief of staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization as “beneath elementary manners and good taste.”

The book, “Soldiering for Peace, ” by Swedish General Carl Von Horn, was published in Swedish recently in Stockholm and touched off a barrage of critical comment in Israel for its assertion, among other comments on the U.N. peacekeeping role in the Middle East that Israel officials had released girls from military service to entice U.N. observers to give information to them about the Arab countries.

Replying to questions in the Knesset, the Foreign Minister said the style and content of the book were “unworthy of comment.” He added that the book was “a sorry example of how a high U.N. official can run afoul of the truth with a public display of extreme and unbalanced feelings.”

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