Talks Resume at Accelerated Pace THE
UNITED NATIONS (JTA )—Four-
Power efforts to find the basis for
a solution of the Arab-Israeli con-
flict were under way again Wednes-
day after a five-month hiatus.
An initial four-hour meeting 'held
Tuesday evenings was aparently
not productive of much more than
a decision to continue the talks
at an accelerated pace and an
agreement on the readiness of the
participants "to consider at their
meetings specific questions con-
cerning the implementation of this
resolution (the Security Council
resolution of Nov. 22, 1967) in all
its aspects as a package deal re-
lating to the entire region of con-
flict in the Middle East."
The envoys of the United
States, Soviet Union, Britain and
France held their 16th meeting
Tuesday in the apartment of Am-
bassador Charles W. Yost. They
will meet Saturday at the resi-
dence of French Ambassador
Armand Berard. In the past, the
envoys and their aides met once
certain to map new war plans the essential interests of the State
against Israel. of Israel."
But the most serious concern of
the Israelis is that the renewed
Big Power talks will be weighted
heavily against Israel's interests
and could force the U.S. into
agreeing to concessions detrimental
to Israel's security.
The State Department will press
Israel to accept its latest peace
proposals — but only if the Soviet
Union accepts the formulation, it
was learned in official quarters.
Should Moscow agree with the
concept communicated by the U.S.
to the USSR last Oct. 28, the U.S.
government would strongly urge
Israel to go along. Officials hope
that an affirmative Soviet response
is received in time to allow for
pressure on Israel prior to the Dec.
20 Arab summit conference.
The U.S. plan envisages an
Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai
territories occupied in June 1967,
in exchange for a "binding com-
mitment" from President Nasser
to establish peace. Israel and
The schedule apparently now will Egypt would use the so-called
be speeded up to provide for more "Rhodes formula" to achieve
"practical security arrangements"
A formal communique -- a pre- for the Gaza strip and Sharm-El
cedent in the history of the Four-
The Israel Foreign Ministry has
Power meetings—was made public
after the four-hour session Tuesday denounced a statement issued by
Soviet Union and five Warsaw
night. Ambassador Yost, flanked
by his colleagues, read the lost Pact countries reaffirming their
of the Arabs in the Middle
to newsmen in an attempt to give
it greater weight and impressive- East conflict. The ministry said
that the statement, published by
The four ambassadors confirmed the official Soviet news- agency
'Cass on Nov. 27, was " a - further
in the communique that "They
contribution of the Soviet Union to
regard the situation in the Middle
perpetuation of the dispute in the
East as increasingly serious and
urgent, and reaffirmed their con-
"The content of the Soviet
viction that the situation must not
be permitted to jeopardize inter- statement and the timing of its
were calculated to
national peace and security."
Attending the meeting with Yost help Nasser rally the Arab states
around his aggressive designs,"
were Yaakov Malik, Lord Caraden
the Israeli Ministry said.
of Britain and Berard.
"With all of her pretensions to
Israeli official circles made no
secret of their disappointment over advocacy of a so-called peaceful
the government of the
the resumption of the Four Power
Soviet Union has never declared
states and Israel
Diplomatic circles in Israel be-
lieve that the United States was should prepare a genuine peace
quite unwilling to resume the Four- among themselves with a view to
Power talks but was unable to find putting an end, once and for all,
a way out of them. According to to the war which the Arab govern-
these circles, Washington could not ments have waged against Israel
very well refuse to resume the for 20 years," the foreign ministry
discussions with the Soviet Union declared.
"It is clear that a government
on the Middle East appear hope-
whose policy is expressed in this
Soviet document has no moral right
Israeli diplomats are most appre-
hensive over the role that France to be a partner and cannot be a
positive and unprejudiced factor
will play in the renewed Big Four
in discussions and consultations on
deliberations. They note that Paris
preparations of a Middle East
has made it quite clear that in the
peace — discussions which affect
matters of foreign policy, the Pom-
pidou regime follows the lines laid
down by former President Charles Yeshiva U. Grad School
De Gaulle. Israelis fear that
France may renew its proposal for Restructuring in Line
a timetable to implement the With New Demands
Security Council's Nov. 22, 1967
Mid-East resolution. Israel rejects NEW YORK — Yeshiva Univer-
the timetable concept and insist sity's oldest graduate unit, the
that the resolution is not self--im_ Bernard ReVel Graduate School,
plementing. has begun a process of restructur-
According to the Israelis. the res- ing, as part of the growing need
in_ for scholars in Jewish studies in
olution merely lays down the K
ciples upon which agreement be- burgeoning programs at colleges
tween the two sides should be and universities throughout the
reached. In the Israeli view, agree- U.S.
According to Dr. Sidney B.
ment is the key word. But France's
stand has been closer to that of Hoenig, chairman of the recently
the Soviet Union which has agreed appointed faculty executive com-
to a "package deal" but insists rnittee, which administers
that Israel withdraw to the 1949 school, changes would allow for
armistice lines before the deal be- more intensive training of scholars
in the fields of Jewish studies and
Israeli officials note that at the
' cognate learning.
a ' Among innovations will be the
talks are being resumed
development of a department of
most inauspicious time from
Israel's point of view. They fol- archaeology and cultures of the
low a bellicose speech
Other departments to be formal-
dent Gamal Abdel Nasser
Assembly ized include biblical literature.
Egypt to the National
war Modern Hebrew literature, history,
in which he declared that Mid- philosophy, post - biblical literature
was 'the only solution to tlu;
and Semitic languages and area
East conflict. And they come on
study. In addition, a Middle and
the eve of the Arab summit con.
at Near East Institute is being pro-
ference at Rabat. Morocco.
which the Arab states are almost jetted.
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