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Senate Urged to Start Hearings on U.S. Policy in Middle East

Sen. Jacob K. Javits, New York Republican, in a major speech prepared for delivery today on the Senate floor, urged the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to hold hearings on U.S. policy in the Middle East, warning a "parallel with Viet Nam" exists and America may become "the policeman in the Middle East as well as the Far East."

Sen. Javits noted that the French and British were withdrawing from involvement in the Middle East while the United Nations Organization was "doing about all it can" to hold its own in truce operations on the Israel-Arab borders." Only the United States remains as a prime deterrent to war, and in case the deterrence fails, only the U.S. remains actively to intervene if it wishes to hold aggression there." he said. The Senator stressed that "the parallel with Viet Nam should not be taken lightly. At first, we supported the interests of our allies there. Then, our allies gradually loosened and finally cut their responsibilities. In the end we were left with the bag."

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