WASHINGTON (Jun. 22)
Israel “should not be arbitrarily required to appease various pressures by premature withdrawal” from cease-fire lines, according to a House-Senate concurrent resolution introduced in the House today by Rep. Seymour Halpern, New York Republican.
The resolution maintained that Israel should not be expected to withdraw “from certain occupied areas in a manner which would jeopardize regional and world peace, without necessary peace settlements and guarantees.” It noted that “pressures have been brought to bear upon Israel at the United Nations and from other sources to force Israel to make immediate and unconditional withdrawal from all territories occupied,” The resolution termed the pressures “one-sided and arbitrary.”
Notice was taken that “certain territory occupied by Israel, including Jerusalem, is traditionally and historically Jewish in character, previously separated from Israel by armistice lines no longer applicable because of Jordanian aggression, and, therefore, not negotiable in any peace settlement.”
The resolution pointed out that “Israel was forced into a war of self-defense bringing her armies into the present cease-fire disposition.” It cited American commitments to Israel and called on President Johnson to heed the sense of Congress on the withdrawal question.