The Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr. Abba Eban, has blamed the Arab countries for failure to?
The Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr. Abba Eban, has blamed the Arab countries for failure to reach a settlement of the Middle East war. Mr. Eban, addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday (3rd October), said the absence of negotiation in the Middle East was the gravest obstacle to the end of tension. The root of the conflict, he said, was the refusal of the Arab governments to come to terms with Israel as a sovereign nation, rising from the depths of Middle East history to resume its place in the universal community.
Mr. Eban said that in discussions about withdrawal from territories held since 1967, none of the Arab participants would recognise Israel's rightful place among the free nations of the Middle East.
The Israeli Foreign Minister repeated his country's acceptance of the Security Council's Resolution 242, which calls for permanent peace by agreement between Israel and the Arabs. The Resolution also specifies withdrawal of forces from territories occupied since 1967 to "secure and recognised boundaries".