WASHINGTON (Dec. 30)
Israel Ambassador Ephraim Evron and Republican Presidential contender John Connally met for two hours at the Palm Beach, Fla. home of fellow-Republican and Jewish leader Max Fisher of Detroit on Dec. 26, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has learned. The purpose of the meeting was to give Connally, who flew in from Texas, an opportunity to explain that he was misunderstood several months ago in a public statement which he made which seemed to link Israel’s security with the conflict over oil the JTA was informed.
In his meeting with Evron, Connally made clear his good intentions toward Israel and his hopes for a peaceful settlement of the problems in the Middle East. The JTA was also told that Connally reiterated his commitment to the security of Israel, and that, as a great friend of Israel, he would honor all commitments undertaken by previous Administrations, should he become President. The JTA also learned that Connally intends to make public what he considers his very positive stand on the Middle East very soon in another political address.