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President Urged to Invite Jordan, Israel to Peace Talks on Sixth Fleet Flagship

April 1, 1968
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The National Governing Council of the American Jewish Congress proposed at a meeting today that President Johnson summon Prime Minister Eshkol of Israel and King Hussein of Jordan to meet for peace talks aboard the flagship of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean with himself as mediator.

President Johnson’s personal intervention was urged “in light of the fact that the United States is the only country that has consistently maintained close relations with Israel and Jordan and because the President is personally friendly with both King Hussein and Prime Minister Eshkol,” the AJC body said. It cited as a precedent the initiative taken by President Theodore Roosevelt in bringing Russia and Japan to the peaceable at Portsmouth, N.H. in 1905 to end the Russo-Japanese war. The Council asserting that the United Nations had failed to either prevent aggression or bring about a lasting peace, said the Security Council resolution of March 24 “revealed a fundamental inability to distinguish either cause and effect or aggressor and victim.”

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