Eshkol Says Johnson’s ‘dramatic Initiative’ Will Strengthen Cause of World Peace

Prime Minister Levi Eshkol said today that his talks with President Johnson last year had convinced him that the President was prepared to place his influence on the side of peace and “his dramatic initiative this week, too, will strengthen the cause of peace and freedom all over the world,”

Mr. Eshkol’s comments were included in his closing speech before the international economic conference here which brought outstanding Jews here from all parts of the free world to consult and plan for the economic development of Israel.

Foreign Minister Abba S. Eban told the conference that “all mankind breathes more freely today because the prospect of negotiations has been opened in the Vietnam conflict.” He told the delegates that the policy of standing firm while seeking negotiations promised to yield a harvest of peace in the Middle East, too. But, he warned, the turning point could be conceived only when the negotiating table is approached.

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