Bush, New U.S. Envoy to UN, Rejects Imposed
Settlement, Backs Rogers Mid East Plan
UNITED NATIONS (JTA) —
George Herbert Walker Bush made
his debut as U.S. ambassador to
the United Nations Monday by re-
jecting a Big Four-imposed Middle
East settlement but backing the
Rogers territorial plan of Dec. 9,
The 46-year-old Massachusetts-
born Texan, a Republican Congress-
man from 1966 to 1970, met the UN
press corps in his first official act
as ambassador after presenting his
credentials to Secretary General
Thant. The subject of the Mid East
dominated the 40-minute session,
at which Bush, exhibited an extro
verted, freewheeling style in con-
trast with the taciturnity of his
ousted predecessor, Charles W.
"The Four have a useful role" in
the Mid East deliberations, Bush
remarked, but they should not "su-
Asked "What role should Amer-
perimpose" a settlement or in any ica's oil Interests in the Mid East
way "impede" the very sensitive play in its policy in that re-
balance that now exists in the Jar- gion?," he said that while oil
was "of fundamental importance
He added praise for the Swed-
. . . tremendously important"
ish intermediary, commenting:
there, U.S. oil interests were "not
"I personally have the greatest
going to dictate" Washington's
respect for what Dr. (Gunnar V.)
Mid East stance. He added that
Jarring Is frying to do, and I
in being prepared for his new job
knofr our government does." But over the past several weeks, the
Bush stated , that President Nix-
matter of American oil interests
on's position on the Rogers plan
was never mentioned to him.
was "clearly the position our mis-
In the course of his comments,
sion is going to take."
Bush used the phrase "even-hand-
He said the four—the envoys of ed —the kind of Mid East policy
the U.S., the Soviet Union, Britain recommended to President Nixon
and France—"continue to play an by fact-finder William W. Scran-
important role." But as to whether ton, former Republican governor
they should makes public state- of Pennsylvania, and reacted to bit-
ment in support of a truce exten- terly by defense-conscious Israel.
Bush clarified his use of the
sion, Bush commented that "it
would depend on the nature of the phase by remarking: "What I'm
statement," whether it "enhanced talking about is fair play. I mean
not superimposing our will on oth-
the quest. for peace."
In this latter connection, he said ers, I mean a lasting peace—that
"any fair-minded observer would sort of stuff."
• • • "
say things have come a long way."
But he admitted that this was "a Majority of Israelis Want
very critical time" for the Mid Withdrawal Plebiscite;
East, and that the U.S. must "keep Nixon Popularity Soars
our cool in a heated-up situation."
TEL AVIV (JTA)—A public opin-
Bush said the U.S. desired "a last- ion poll indicated that a majority
ing peace," and that toward that of Israelis want a plebiscite before
end "we're not writing off any ap- the government decides to with-
proach," including a Big Power draw from any of the occupied
force in the Mid East. Regarding Arab territories within the frame-
his personal philosophy, Bush de- work of a Middle East peace settle-
clared: "I will feel no inhibition ment. According to the poll con-
whatever in presenting my views ducted by the Public Opinion Re-
forcefully to the president and the search Institute, 54.4 per cent of
secretary of state."
Israelis want the issue of with-
Bush, who was given the UN drawal put to a national vote while
ambassadorship after he lost a 36.6 per cent were opposed. The
Senate race urged on him by Presi- poll also showed that the popular-
dent Nixon, added: "I have a close ity of President Nixon with Isra-
relationship with the President. I elis has soared to 56.4 per cent
think I have his confidence." Hav- from a low to 15 per cent last De-
ing divested himself of his presi- cember when the Rogers plan for
dency, chairmanship and shares in a Mid East settlement was an-
Zapata Off-Shore Co. of Midland, nounced.
With expiration of the current
Tex., before running for Congress
in 1966, he gave a carefully worded Suez cease-fire extension nearing,
reply to a question about Mid East the Egyptian Air Force has re-
oil by the correspondent of the sumed reconnaissance flights over
Israeli positions and lofted several
Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
observation balloons to observe
and photograph the Israeli lines.
Two overflights by Egyptian Suk-
hoi-bombers Feb. 27 were the
subject of a new Israeli complaint
to the United Nations Truce Su-
pervision Organization (UNTSO).
Fuibright Continues to Back
Nixon's Mid East Policy
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Sen., J.
William Fuibright, a bitter critic
of the administration's Indo-China
policy, said he continued to ap-
prove President Nixon's Middle
East policy in light of the Presi-
dent's state of the world message
to Congress last week. The Arkan-
sas Democrat, chairman of the
Senate Foreign Relations Commit-
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Stevenson Calls on U.S.
to Remain Ally of Israel;
Warns Against Imposed Peace
MIAMI (JTA)—A call on the U.S.
to remain "the great ally of Israel"
was made here Sunday night by
Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III of
Mina's as he accepted an award
the Jewish Theological Semi-
nary of America. "Far more is at
stake in Israel, than the future of
one nation or America's pride,"
Stevenson told the more than 500
guests assembled for the semi-
nary's 12th annual convocation din-
ner. "The honor of a generation is
at stake," he declared.
Asserting that while "we need
urgently a just and enduring settle-
ment in the Middle East," Steven.
son cautioned against an "im-
posed" peace. "Such a settlement
can only be negotiated by the par-
ties to it," be declared. "No dur-
able settlement can be imposed on
Israel or, for that matter, on the
He said, howe"er, that "the
terms for peace must require Arab
recognition of the sovereignty and
territorial sanctity of agreed boun-
daries for the state of Israel."
The 41-year-old senator, who was
elected last November, and Senate
veteran Margaret Chase Smith of
Maine, were recipients here earlier
in the day of the Jewish Theologi-
cal Seminary's Herbert H. Lehman
Ethics Award. The award was con-
ferred by Dr. Louis Finkelstein,
chancellor of the Jewish Theologi-
cal Seminary. Both were cited for
"applying the ethical and moral
values of Scripture to the everyday
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Egypt's Israeli POWs Fine, Says Red Cross
TEL AVIV (JTA)—A Red Cross Syria but Syrian authorities have
representative who visited the 12 stopped regular visits to them by
Israeli prisoners of war in Egypt Red Cross representatives.
Feb. 13, recently reported that they
were in good spirits and were re-
ceiving mail and parcels from
He said two of the POWs, both
pilots, are still in a hospital. The
other eight, most of whom are
pilots, have been permitted to room
together at the Abassiyeh Prison.
Egypt, however, continues to
turn down Israeli demands for a
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