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Eban Says Arabs Block Peace; Nasser Tells Troops ‘battle is Inevitable’

April 30, 1968
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United Nations peace envoy Ambassador Gunnar Jarring is expected back in Jerusalem tomorrow for further talks with Foreign Minister Abba Eban. Dr. Jarring was in Amman yesterday. Mr. Eban, in a speech in Tel Aviv last night, charged that the attitude of the Arab countries, inspired by Egyptian hostility and opposition to any talks, blocked the way to establishing peace with Israel.

The foreign minister stressed Israel’s firm decision that there could be no settlement unless permanent peace was first secured. He asserted that there will never again be a divided Jerusalem. Nevertheless, he said, Israel was not slackening in its continued efforts to find a solution leading to peace.

(Egypt’s President Nasser, in what was described as his most belligerent speech since last May, declared today that United Nations peace efforts have come to nothing and that ‘the sequence of events indicates the battle is inevitable.” Nasser, addressing army, navy and air officers at a military base somewhere in Egypt, said that Ambassador Jarring has achieved nothing and has utterly failed. In his speech which was broadcast by Cairo radio, Nasser said renewed warfare against Israel was inevitable “because the Israelis speak peace but are deceiving the world.” He cited the Independence Day parade in Jerusalem on May 2 as an example of “Israeli defiance of the United Nations.” He disclosed that he had spoken to El Fatah irregulars who fought against the Israelis on March 21. “They told me there is nothing supernatural about the enemy. The enemy is not unbeatable,” Nasser said.)

(President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria, in a message to King Hussein of Jordan, called again for a renewal of war against Israel and urged ‘encouragement of Palestinian resistance.” according to Paris reports from Algiers. Referring to the peace efforts of the United Nations, he rejected “the diplomatic or intermediate solutions” in the Middle East.)

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