Abba Eban

  • Eban Declines Job As Envoy to U.s

    Abba Eban has politely declined a proposal that he become Israel’s next Ambassador to the United States, a post he held with distinction from 1950-1959. The suggestion was made by Likud MK Eliahu Ben-Elissar last week that one of the three former envoys to Washington now in the Knesset be named to succeed the current… More ▸

  • Knesset Unit to Push Ahead for Thorough Probe into the Pollard Affair, Unit Chairman Eban Announces

    Abba Eban, chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, announced Monday that its subcommittee on intelligence will open a determined investigation Thursday into the Jonathan Pollard affair. Eban said he rejects Premier Yitzhak Shamir’s assertion earlier Monday that the matter is “closed” and his refusal to appear before the Knesset body. The special… More ▸

  • Eban Reveals Overseas Version of ‘heritage’ Edited to Meet Criticism from Orthodox Jews

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban has revealed that the Public Broadcasting System television series “Heritage: Civilization and the Jews” will be edited for viewing in Australia, Germany, Israel and United Kingdom to meet criticism from Orthodox groups. The series now being shown in the United States on PBS stations was criticized for portraying Judaism… More ▸

  • Eban Urges U.S. Mediation

    Former Foreign Minister Abba Eban has urged the United States to return to the role of mediator in the Middle East as a means of resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict. “There is no substitute for the United States as the agent for conciliation in the Middle East,” Eban declared at a press conference here Thursday shortly… More ▸

  • Eban Won’t Seek Knesset Speaker Post

    Former Foreign Minister Abba Eban withdrew his candidacy for the office of Knesset Speaker today after Labor Party support swung to his rival, Shlomo Hillel. Eban, who has been serving as acting Speaker for the past three weeks, announced over the weekend that he would seek the job permanently. He reversed himself, he explained today,… More ▸

  • Eban is Temporary Knesset Speaker

    The Knesset arrangements committee today elected Labor MK Abba Eban as temporary Speaker. He was elected on the basis of being the eldest Knesset member, after Yosef Burg. The vote took place after Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir and Knesset legal advisors ruled that Burg’s position as Interior Minister and as Speaker represented a conflict of… More ▸