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June 19, 1952 Israel Offers Peace
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June 19, 1952 Israel Offers Peace

Israel’s Foreign Minister told me the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia that Israel “is only too eager to reach an agreed settlement with her Arab neighbors …”

August 18, 1952 Israel Offers Peace
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August 18, 1952 Israel Offers Peace

A month after the overthrow of King Farouk of Egypt, Israel’s Prime Minister told the Parliament: “Israel wishes to see Egypt free, independent, progressive.  We have no enmity against Egypt … We have never sought to exploit Egypt’s difficulties with a great power by attacking her or taking revenge upon her, as she did upon […]

December 1952 Arab Refugees
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December 1952 Arab Refugees

The Report of the Director of UNRWA to the Seventh General Assembly: “The quality and quantity of the basic ration has been maintained in the face of increasing recognition of the need for reducing relief costs; as a result, the nutritional status of the refugees has continued at a satisfactory level… The daily basic ration […]

December 1952 Arab Refugees
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December 1952 Arab Refugees

UNRWA Report to Seventh General Assembly, p. 6. “Local governments contributed no funds; the full burden of wages fell on the Agency; the cost was five times that of simple relief. The approved projects were typically roads and public structures, and when they were finished, the refugees returned to tents and ration lines. In short, […]

December 1952 UNRWA
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December 1952 UNRWA

875,998 The Report of the Director of UNRWA to the Seventh General Assembly gave the total of persons registered for relief in June as 875,998, viz. 465,450 in Jordan, 199,789 in the Gaza area (under Egyptian control), 106,753 in the Lebanon , 80,499 in Syria, 23,570 in Israel. Source: Arab Refugees. (p. 14); Quoted in […]

December 1952 Arab Refugees
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December 1952 Arab Refugees

Director of UNRWA in the Lebanon “they are not granted residence visas and are not entitled to take advantage of the laws of citizenship. They have no political rights. However, due to the peculiar conditions under which they live, they are subject to certain restrictions… Being considered foreigners, they are required to file security before […]

December 1952 “Al Hawadith”, Amman
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December 1952 “Al Hawadith”, Amman

December 1952 Newspaper “Al Hawadith”, Amman “the attitude of the Arab Governments to the Arab refugees is worse than their behavior towards non-Arab refugees” Source: Arab Refugees. (p. 18-20); UNRWA Report to Seventh General Assembly, p. 44.; Ibid. p. 3, Ibid. pp. 45, 46.

December 1, 1952 Israel Offers Peace
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December 1, 1952 Israel Offers Peace

Israel submitted to the United Nations a blueprint of peace in the Middle East, proposing direct negotiations with the Arab states on every aspect of Arab-Israel relations. Source:  73

1953 Fedayeen attacks
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1953 Fedayeen attacks

“Ever since The Jewish State came into existence, Arab infiltrators—fedayeen—had been carrying out hit-and-run raids into Israel. Israeli casualties rose steadily through the first half of the fifties: 1953       162 Israeli Casualties                                                             ” Source: Brecher, Israel’s Foreign Policy, p. 229. O’Brien, Connor. The Siege.

January 9, 1953 King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia
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January 9, 1953 King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia

King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia: “ISRAEL TO THE ARAB WORLD IS LIKE A CANCER TO THE HUMAN BODY AND THE ONLY REMEDY IS TO UPROOT IS JUST LIKE A CANCER.” Sources: 36, p. 369.