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U.S. Charged with Isolating Israel; Urged to Negotiate Security Pact

February 18, 1955
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Attacking the enforced isolation of Israel, Rabbi Irving Miller, chairman of the American Zionist Council, urged tonight negotiation of a security treaty between the United States and Israel similar to those being arranged with the Moslem countries of the Middle East. He spoke at a dinner sponsored by the State of Israel Bond Organization.

Rabbi Miller charged that defense of the Middle East was being organized on a discriminatory basis. Citing the network of treaties being built up by the West in this area, as well as arms agreements involving this country and Pakistan and Iraq, he asked: “Why is no treaty being negotiated between the United States and Israel# Is the exclusion of Israel from these pacts a deliberate policy on the part of the Western Powers# If so, on what basis is this policy being pursued#”

The Rabbi said an American-Israel treaty is a positive necessity if the free world is to maintain its strongest possible posture in the Middle East. He said exclusion of Israel would deal a severe blow to Western defense plans. He emphasized the important role Israel could play, both in its capacity as a democracy and as a military arsenal and repair shop of known value.

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