Abba Eban

  • Abba Eban’s Speech at the U.N. Resonates Long After Six-day War

    As we recall the Six-Day War 40 years ago, the role of Abba Eban — Israel’s foreign minister and eloquent spokesman — deserves special attention. Eban’s unforgettable speech to the United Nations on the second day of the war brilliantly defined the moment and inspired an outpouring of public support. On his flight to New… More ▸

  • Obituary ‘founding Father’ Abba Eban Spoke Eloquently on Israel’s Behalf

    After the outbreak of the 1967 Six-Day War, Abba Eban addressed the U.N. Security Council, striking a tone that simultaneously defended Israel and extended an olive branch for peace. “There is an intellectual tragedy in the failure of Arab leaders to come to grips, however reluctantly, with the depth and authenticity of Israel’s roots in… More ▸

  • Eban Says Seize Chance for Peace

    Israeli elder statesman Abba Eban has warned Israelis of the danger of missing the present opportunity to make peace with the Arab world. Eban, a former foreign minister and longtime dove, said Israelis, especially the younger generation, would look back with a profound sense of regret and demoralization if the present negotiations between Israel and… More ▸

  • Hebrew U. Opens Abba Eban Center Focusing on Diplomatic History

    A center for the study of Israel’s diplomatic history named after Abba Eban, the country’s doyen of diplomacy, was to be opened formally Thursday at the Hebrew University. The center will house Eban’s voluminous personal archives, as well as audio and video material collected by the former foreign minister in connection with his public television… More ▸

  • Israeli Envoy Cancels Eban Dinner at Request of Foreign Ministry

    The Israeli ambassador to Holland, Zeev Suffoth, has surprised the public, both Jewish and non-Jewish, by canceling a small dinner reception he was to give in honor of visiting Israeli elder statesman Abba Eban. Suffoth apparently acted on instructions from the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem. Eban was here participating in a symposium on “Peace in… More ▸

  • Eban Tells Dutch Audience PLO State No Danger to Israel

    Abba Eban, Israel’s elder statesman and an outspoken dove, told an overflow audience of Jews here last week that a Palestinian state would not imperil Israel nor present a military threat, because Israel is vastly superior militarily. Eban also said he was convinced the Palestine Liberation Organization does not want to annex Jerusalem, east or… More ▸

  • Eban and Kissinger Agree U.S. Must Take Lead in Peace Process

    Abba Eban and Henry Kissinger said Monday that an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement will only come about with the mediation of the United States. The two veteran diplomats, one a former Israeli foreign minister, the other a former U.S. secretary of state, were the speakers at a symposium held in honor of the United Jewish Appeal’s… More ▸

  • Eban Headed for Prague, Belgrade

    Abba Eban has gone abroad on a personal mission for Foreign Minister Shimon Peres in Eastern Europe. The Laborite chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee left Sunday for Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. A former foreign minister of Israel, Eban will be the guest of the foreign ministers of those countries. While in Prague,… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Eban Says PLO is Mellowing, but the Time is Not Yet Ripe

    Like the Labor Party he has served for his entire political career, Abba Eban has greeted the Palestine Liberation Organization’s latest hints of moderation with a mixture of enthusiasm and skepticism. But during a week when PLO leader Yasir Arafat was scheduled to meet with members of the 12-nation European Parliament, the veteran diplomat and… More ▸

  • Europeans Should Pressure PLO to Recognize Israel, Says Eban

    The Palestine Liberation Organization can decisively influence Israel’s parliamentary elections Nov. 1, according to Labor Party Knesset member Abba Eban. “A clear declaration, the recognition of Israel and the renunciation of terrorism (by the PLO) would help the Labor Party,” Eban told reporters after meetings here Friday with Foreign Minister Giulio Andreotti and Socialist Party… More ▸