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Ben Gurion Favors Return of All Territories Except Golan Heights, East Jerusalem

Israel’s former Prime Minister David Ben Gurion said here that he favored return of all the Arab territories occupied during the June, 1967 war with the exception of East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Mr. Ben Gurion, who stressed that he was speaking as a private individual, said that peace was more important than holding on to occupied territories.

The 83-year-old Israeli statesman was visiting here as a guest of the French United Jewish Appeal and addressed its closing session today. He expressed disappointment that he would not meet former President Charles de Gaulle. Mr. Ben Gurion had written to the General asking for a meeting but was told that de Gaulle has not received political visitors since leaving office. Mr. Ben Gurion said nevertheless that he admired Gen. de Gaulle who “saved France.”

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