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British Mp Praises Israel for Role in Jerusalem, Administered Areas

January 12, 1972
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A British Labor MP who served as an officer in Palestine during the last years of the mandate, said today that the situation in the administered Arab territories and especially in Jerusalem “should be highly acceptable to the Arabs.” According to William Hamilton whose constituency is West Fife, Israel should be commended for raising the living standards of the Arabs.

Regarding the Middle East situation generally, Hamilton said it was only natural that the victors in a war should take steps to make sure the war does not reoccur. Israel should not be blamed for being “too victorious,” he said.

Hamilton is visiting here as a member of a Labor Friends of Israel Party consisting of 12 members of the House of Commons, two members of the House of Lords and several trade union and Labor Party officials. They will return to London tomorrow. Another member of the group, Bill Jones, the senior Labor Party organizer for North London, praised Israel’s programs of technical aid to Asian and African nations. He said the fact that they might be politically motivated does not impair their intrinsic value as humanitarian acts.

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