Majority of House and Senate Sign Declaration Urging Arab-israel Negotiations

A declaration calling for direct Arab-Israel peace negotiations, urging Arab governments to end terrorism and deploring one-sided United Nations condemnations of Israel has been signed by a majority of the House and Senate. Signatures of the declaration of sentiment have been given by 59 Senators and 229 Representatives and names were still coming in. The signatories include eight of the 15 members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and 22 out of the 38 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The signatories include House Speaker John W. McCormack, Massachusetts Democrat; House floor leader Carl W. Albert, Oklahoma Democrat; House Republican minority leader, Gerald Ford of Michigan; Senate Democratic whip, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts; and Republican whip, Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania. The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Thomas E. Morgan, Pennsylvania Democrat, who heads the Senate’s counterpart unit did not sign. Nor did Sen. Eugene McCarthy, Minnesota Democrat. The measure was circulated by Sen. Scott; Sen. Abraham Ribicoff, Connecticut Democrat; and Rep. Emanuel Celler, New York Democrat, dean of the House. Parts of the declaration will soon appear as an advertisement, sponsored by the America Israel Public Affairs Committee, in major metropolitan newspapers across the country.

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