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June 04, 1971 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-06-04

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American Ambassador in Love With Israel;
Barbour, on Job 10 Years, Rejected USSR Post

By MOSHE RON
(Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent)
TEL AVIV—Meeting Ambassa-
dor Walworth Barbour at Lydda
Airport, where he was awaiting
U.S. Secretary of State Wil-
liam P. Rogers, I had this reply
to my greeting: "In Israel I feel
marvelous." It was as if he was
expressing a wish that ambassa-
dors in all parts of the world
could walk around as freely and
without guards, as he does in
Israel.
When Rogers arrived shortly
thereafter he had a surprise for
the many prominent guests and
newsmen. In a short ceremony,
in behalf of President Nixon, he
presented Ambassador Barbour
with the highest U.S. Medal of
Honor for his diplomatic services
of 40 years, 10 of which he has
served in Israel. Rogers, a per-
sonal friend of Barbour, addressed
him as "My dear Wally" as he
pinned the medal on his jacket.
The U.S. ambassador in Is-
rael has become one of the most
popular diplomats in the coun-
try. He has many friends, al-
though he gives a cocktail party
only once a year—on July 4.
The heavily-built man with the
dark glasses does not talk much
and does not court the press, nor
does he appear on TV. He is
frank and voices his personal
opinion on every subject, even
before contacting his foreign of-
fice and receiving official in-
structions.
Dan Patir, the Israeli journalist
who has been press attache in
Washington, describes Barbour as
an ideal diplomat, with sincerity,
punctuality, calmness, tolerance,
modesty and steadfastness. Bar-
bour ranks among the five Ameri-
can diplomats who have. the great-
est influence on the architects
of American policy in Washing-
ton. He was highly esteemed by
former Secretary of State Dean
Rusk and is today highly valued
by Rogers. His reports are taken
into consideration in the White
House. When he recently visited
Washington, President Nixon in-
vited him to the White House to
hear his personal views on Israel.
When Nixon visited Israel after
the Six-Day War, he was often
seen in the company of Ambassa-
dor Barbour.
Barbour often brings personal
messages from President Nixon
and Rogers to Israel Premier
0 *, Golda Meir. He often tries to con-
•"" vince 'Golda Meir, Vice Premier
Yigal Anon, Defense Minister
: Moshe Dayan and Foreign Minister
Abba Eban in various matters.
During his 10 years' service
in Israel, Barbour has not
changed his opinion about the
•Jewish state. He does not have
much contact with the popula-
tion. He does not use Hebrew
words like "Shalom," "Toda
Raba," etc., in order to show
off as do other diplomats. He
regrets that he was not able to
learn Hebrew. He is ,respected
in social circles.
Barbour started his diplomatic
career 40 years ago, when he was
23 years old. A year later he was
nominated vice consul in Naples.
Afterward he served as vice
consul in Athens and held diplo-
matic posts in Baghdad and Sofia
(during the Second World War).
He was nominated liaison diplomat
in Cairo with the exiled govern-
ments of Bulgaria, Greece and
Yugoslavia. After the war, he took
over Eastern European affairs in
the State Department in Washing-
ton. In 1945 he was named U.S.
envoy to London.
He became U.S. ambassador to
Israel in 1961.
He is independent and relies on
his own decisions. His reports
to the State Department contain
his personal attitudes and evalua-

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tions. He has an extraordinary
memory, a quick conception and
sharp wit.
When Barbour has to fulfil dif-
ficult and unpleasant tasks, he
tries to do so with tact and under-
standing. He knows everything that
is going on in Israel, in its political
parties, as to who is a hawk and
who a dove on questions of peace
with the Arabs.
Walworth Barbour, now 63,
is a bachelor. He lives in a
beautiful house in Herzliya over-
looking the seashore. He already
has the right to retire from the
diplomatic service, but Washing-
ton is interested that he continue
his service in Israel. A few
years ago he was proposed as
ambassador to Moscow, but he
declined the offer, stating that
he preferred to stay in Israel.
Walworth Barbour is on close
terms with employes of the em-
bassy. Two Israeli employes, who

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retired from work a short time
ago on reaching pension age, pub-
lished warm congratulations to
Barbour in the Israeli press, on
ending 10 years of service in Is-
rael. Then the press dedicated
friendly articles to the popular
U.S. ambassador, and congratulat-
ed him on being the recipient of
the highest U.S. award.

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