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Peace Committee Says Israel Fully Committed to Negotiate with Arabs

A 20-member delegation of the “Committee for a negotiated peace between Israel and the Arab states” returned from a visit to Israel today fully committed to Israel’s position with regard to peace talks and the nature of a Middle East settlement. The delegation was headed by Henri Rolin, a Socialist Minister, and included ten leading members of Belgium’s parliament. Their report stated:” There is a unanimous desire in Israel to negotiate with the Arabs. The Israeli military presence in the administered territories presents a low profile and is hardly evident. The policy of open bridges and free movement contributes to a climate of peace. Israel has a right to demand secure and recognized borders. Certain rectification of the armistice lines are indefensible for a peace settlement. We believe negotiations between Israel and the Arab states involved be held without prier conditions of any kind. Any proposal to divide Jerusalem again must be rejected if peace is to reign in the Middle East.”