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Mrs. Dayan Says Israel is Being Treated As a Conquered Nation

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“We’ve made the biggest adjustment that any nation which was victorious (can make) and we’re being treated as if we were conquered. We are the only country that is imposed upon to give up anything without having any security” in return. Mrs. Ruth Dayan, wife of Israel’s Minister of Defense, Moshe Dayan, made this statement to CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace in a wide-ranging interview heard in two parts yesterday and today on “Mike Wallace at Large” on the CBS Radio Network. In addition to discussing the question of Israel’s willingness to make territorial adjustments, Wallace asked Mrs. Dayan if she feared violence in the wake of the breakdown of the Middle East cease-fire. “I’m not a political person,” she pointed out. I spoke to my husband and I asked him the same question-“What’s happening in Israel?” -and he said: “Well, it’s springtime and we don’t want a war.” Nobody can predict what is going to happen tomorrow. You see, if it were up to us, we’d have peace a long time ago.” Mrs. Dayan’s definition of peace includes having “economic moans for both” the Israelis and the Arabs – “especially for the Arab countries.” She said that the Arabs came to Israel when her grandfather started the first factory in the country. She added that the Israelis bought land and developed it from nothing. “This is all forgotten,” she said. “This is not taking the country from anybody!”

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