WASHINGTON (Oct. 7)
Former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace, Presidential candidate of the American Independent Party, today told the National Press Club that he favors the supply of military equipment to Israel. Mr. Wallace stated his position on the Arab-Israel dispute for the first time in a major policy address.
He said that “the Middle East is still an area of high potential danger to world peace. We will take the initiative in encouraging mutual cooperation between the adversaries in this area and in seeking the mutual respect of each for the United States. We will encourage multilateral discussions seeking means of resolving and stabilizing boundaries and providing for the free use of water and land routes throughout this area. Binding non-aggression agreements must be developed.
“Until there are sincere negotiations and some form of positive agreement between Israel and the Arab nations, we must assure that no imbalance of force comes to exist in this area. Nothing could more endanger the peace,” Mr Wallace said. “If Russia persists in its arming of the Arab nations to such an extent as to pose a threat to Israel, this country must assure that Israel is kept at a commensurate level of strength,” he said.