JERUSALEM (Jan. 22)
Foreign Minister Abba Eban called on the world’s communications and information media today to accurately describe the Soviet-Egyptian so-called “peace offensive” which, he said, aimed at forcing Israel back to the pre-June, 1967 borders without a peace settlement, after which Arab terrorists would continue to pursue their goal of destroying the Jewish State. Mr. Eban spoke in the Knesset (Parliament).
Speaking of peace talks, he said, “Israel will weigh every proposal by its final goal, not by its procedural stages of execution. She will accept every reasonable form of procedure which will lead to contractual peace agreements and reject any procedure which will lead back to the explosive powder keg of May, 1967.” Mr. Eban said that France’s call for a Four Power conference on the Middle East extended “a clear and special status” to the Soviet plan which aims at the restoration of the situation which threatened both the existence of Israel and the security and peace of the area. Russia has announced support for France’s proposal for a parley at UN headquarters, but would regard such meetings as “cosmetics” to put a four-power cover on any agreements reached with Washington on principal features of a settlement.