Israel's Views Are Clarified to Pope
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eign minister of Israel.
Eban added that they discussed
reconciliation of the peoples of the
region. the future of Christian and
Moslem Holy Places and the refu-
A Vatican announcement, follow-
ing the meeting in the Holy See
library. , said that another topic
v ■ as the "sacred and unique char-
acter of Jerusalem." The an-
nouncement said that the pontiff
and Eban met for little less than
an hour and that "His Holiness
had the opportunity to reaffirm
and personally outline the positions
of the Holy See on (Middle East)
The Vatican said that Pope Paul
"listened attentively" while Eban
outlined Israeli efforts to promote
peace and while he discussed. the
status of Jews in Arab nations. The
Holy See said that the pontiff "was
inspired only by higher religious
motives and by Christian and hu-
man charity" as well as a desire
to see "a just and lasting peace
and a brotherly and meaningful
to the Pope." the foreign ministry .
In his slice( h to the UN Gen-
eral Assembly last month. Ehan
said that "Israel does not claim
exclusive or unilateral jurisdiction
in the Holy Places of Christianity
and Islam in Jerusalem and is
willing to discuss the principle
with those traditionally concerned.
There is a versatile range of pos-
sibilities for working out a status
for the holy places *such a man-
ner as to promote Middle Eastern
peace and ecumenical harmony.
In the meantime, our milky is
that the Moslem and Christian
Holy Places should always he
under the responsibility of those
who hold them sacred. This prin-
ciple. has been in practical effect
Pope Paul sent an appeal to the
recent Islamic summit conference
in Rabat, Morocco, calling for
peace in the Holy Land that would
include an agreement of Islam.
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The Pope refrained from using
the word "internationalization."
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his predecessors - using this term
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With Eban was Israeli Ambas-
sador to Italy, Amiet Najar.
Speaking later to Rome's Jewish
community in a synagogue, Eban
said. 'II found an atmosphere of
esteem and profound respect for
our sovereienty and for our his-
torical evolution. I hope this will
be a point of departure for fur-
ther contacts on international
policy that will - form part of our
effort to achieve peace."
When he arrived Sunday in
Rome. Eban said that Israel wants
to bring Christian and Moslem
shrines in the Holy Land under the
jurisdiction of "those who hold
them sacred." He said that until
there is a peace settlement with
the Arabs, Israel- will continue to
give full responsibility for the
shrines to Christian and Moslem
authorities in Israel.
The Vatican said the Pope's in-
terest in conferring with Abba
Eban "falls within the framework
of the very keen interest con-
stantly demonstrated by the holy
father for the peace and concilia-
tion of people in the Middle East."
The foreign ministry, in Jeru-
salem. said the meeting was ar-
ranged "because of the great in-
terest shown by the head of the
Catholic Church on peace in the
Middle East, in bringing closer
the peoples of the area and in the
holy places." The Vatican has
never recognized the state of Is- •
rael and meetings between the
pontiff and Israeli leaders have
The Monday meeting, to which
the Israel government attaches
great importance. was the first
between an Israeli cabinet minis-
ter and the Pope since the inten-
sive talks which took place in
the first few months following the
1967 war. It was noted that in
addition to stopping its active cam-
paign for an internationalization
of Jerusalem, which has been a
long-term Vatican aim, the Holy
See has stopped pressing actively
for a return to the city's pre-war
status. "The Church seems to be
satisfied with the status granted
to the churches right now," a
source said. The meeting gave
Eban "the opportunity to clarify
Israel's views on these problems
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ly Arab. There are 50 other urban
centers, 700 Jewish villages, and
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The major cities are: Jerusa-
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of 265,000; Tel Aviv-Yafo, the com-
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center (207,500); Beersheba, capi-
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(30,000) and the new Mediterran-
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Other urban centers under Israel
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Nablus (Shechem), Hebron, Beth-
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