Truman Urged Israeli-arab Amity
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Truman Urged Israeli-arab Amity

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It was recalled here today that in a message on July 11, 1966, at the dedication of the Harry S. Truman Center for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University, Truman urged better Israeli-Arab relations. A longtime associate, David Noyes, said of the former Chief Executive: “President Truman came here in 1948 and he has never left. And he’s never going to leave.” Israeli Premier Levi Eshkol said at the same ceremony that Truman’s recognition of Israel 11 minutes after its proclamation as a State had “kindled a flame in Israel’s spirit which is still burning.”

In his message, Truman said of the Center: “Here we will give serious consideration to any new practical approach that could help to advance the cause of peace. All will be welcome. There are no restrictions as to national origin, ideological commitment or religious differences.”

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