NEW YORK (Aug. 10)
A five-point plan for peace in the Middle East, including large-scale American aid and programs for displaced persons, was set forth in a full page advertisement in today’s New York Times by the “Americans for Permanent Peace in the Middle East” organizing committee. Meshulam Riklis, industrialist, was listed as acting chairman and treasurer of the committee. Among other members are author James Michener and Paul O’Dwyer. former New York City Councilman.
The advertisement described Soviet rearmament of the Arabs in the wake of the Arab-Israeli war and urged the United States to act to halt Russia’s use of “aggressive militarism” in the area. Objectives of the committee cited in the statement included “full United States pressure to foster constructive plans for economic and social development;” assistance to refugees for their social and economic benefit “regardless of political frontiers;” establishment of adequate international arms shipments control; and American use of all “its weight and influence” to achieve “cessation of continuing hostility of the Arab nations against Israel.”