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Eban Says He Can’t Predict How Anti-pompidou Rallies Will Affect Franco-israel Relations

Foreign Minister Abba Eban said today that he could not predict how Jewish demonstrations against President Georges Pompidou in the United States would affect Franco-Israeli relations. Mr. Eban said that on Israel’s part there is a desire to return to the friendly ties that existed before the June, 1967 Arab-Israeli war, but so far this desire seems one-sided. The Foreign Minister talked to newsmen at a press conference following his return from a visit to four Western European countries and Britain. He said European leaders agreed with Israel’s assessment that the Soviet Union is not interested in peace in the Mideast but in “controlled belligerency.” Mr. Eban said he found general support in Europe for a restoration of the cease-fire but in none of the countries he visited did anyone suggest that Israel withdraw from the cease-fire lines except in the framework of a peace agreement with the Arabs.