A resolution calling on the United States Government to adopt a long-range policy for settlement of the Middle East crisis, guaranteeing the territorial integrity of Israel as well as giving both to Israel and the Arab states a warranty against direct or indirect aggression, was adopted here today at the concluding session of the 63rd annual convention of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States.
The resolution, asking the United States to take the initiative toward peace negotiations between Israel and the Arab states, urged the Washington Administration to maintain troops in the Middle East area when requested to do so by an aggrieved nation.
The Jewish War Veterans requested that Arab-Israel peace talks include the resettlement of the bulk of the Palestine Arab refugees in underpopulated Arab areas. They also called for implementation of the Jordan River Valley Authority plan, and the establishment of a Middle East Development Agency under the auspices of the United Nations.
Governor Goodwin J. Knight, of California, addressing the convention, said the time has come for the United States to declare a second “Monroe Doctrine” which would include the Middle East. The United States, said the Governor, has a moral responsibility to protect the forces of democracy in all areas of the world. If necessary, he stated, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should take into membership Israel and Lebanon.
Sam Shaikewitz, of St. Louis, was elected national commander of the Jewish War Veterans organization.
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