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Vets Urge U.s., USSR De-escalate Mideast Conflict

The American Veterans Committee voted unanimously at its national convention here this week that “the United States and the Soviet Union must accompany the new detente in their relations with concrete steps to de-escalate the military situation in the Middle East.” The convention backed a resolution introduced by Prof. I. Milton Sacks of Brandeis University, chairman of the AVC’s International Affairs Commission. It recommended that the “great power conflict” and the “unresolved issues” in the Middle East be settled through “direct negotiations between the Arab states and Israel,” with outside influence limited to seeing to it “that the principal belligerents formally recognize each other’s existence and agree to deal with each other.”

The convention also singled out for “special shame” the USSR for its “reprehensible anti-Semitism,” which “both limits the freedom of its Jewish citizens within that country and prevents them from emigrating.”