WASHINGTON (Jun. 13)
Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey (D. Minn.) says President Carter is “an unswerving supporter” of Israel and that he is “carefully moving in the right direction” towards a settlement in the Middle East.
Humphrey, long regarded as among the, staunchest friends of Israel in the Senate, made the statement following a meeting with President Carter at the White House last Thursday. In his statement to the press he said: “I had a lengthy conversation during lunch yesterday with the President on the Middle East. I came away reassured that President Carter is an unswerving supporter of the State of Israel in whom all who have worked for Israel’s cause can have complete trust.
“I also came away with the conviction that the President is carefully moving in the right direction in the Middle East to break the log-jam which has kept the parties apart for so long. We cannot let the opportunity for peace escape our grasp. Peace is in the best interests of the United States and Israel.”