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Dr. Goldmann: Inappropriate Now for Parleys Between Israelis, Palestinians

October 21, 1970
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Dr. Nahum Goldmann said today that he supports Premier Golda Meir’s position that the time is not appropriate for contacts between Israeli representatives and representatives of the Palestinian guerrillas. He said that although he himself had initiated the idea of such contacts, he changed his mind after the Jordanian civil war. “We all agree that the suggested meeting can bring no fruits,” Dr. Goldmann said. The Jewish leader spoke to reporters at Lydda Airport prior to leaving for Switzerland where he will spend the next few months. He indicated that he was once more in the good graces of Israel’s leadership following the furor he created here by his criticism of Israel’s foreign policy and his “private diplomacy” with Arab leaders. Dr. Goldmann said he had meetings with Mrs. Meir. Deputy Premier Yigal Allon, Foreign Minister Abba Eban, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and Minister of Tourism Moshe Kol. He said he reported to them on his recent talks with King Hassan of Morocco and on “the latest intelligence I had from Egypt.” Dr. Goldmann said in press and television interviews in West Germany last month that he was in contact with emissaries of President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt and expected an invitation to meet with Nasser in Cairo. The Egyptian leader died on Sept. 28. He said today that he had no plans to meet with other Arab leaders in the near future.

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