NEW YORK (Jan. 29)
An Israeli Cabinet Minister said here last night that chances for Middle East peace might improve if President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt was replaced by leaders who were more “Egypt-oriented” than pan-Arab. Shimon Peres, the acting Minister of Immigrant Absorption, was interviewed on the National Educational Television Network. Mr. Peres conceded that if Nasser were toppled he might be replaced by leaders even more intransigent. But, he said, under present circumstances Col. Nasser is not going to make peace with Israel because he has assumed for himself a “horizontal” role as leader of the Arab world. Another Egyptian leader might be more concerned with Egypt’s national interests, Mr. Peres said.