Israel's Foreign Minister Mr. Eban said in London on Monday (November 29) that he believes?
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): INTERVIEWER: "The Arab Defence ministers are holding a meeting in Cairo with a view to achieving further unity amongst the Arabs. What effect do you think yesterday's assassination of Jordanian Premier Wasfi Tell will have on this meeting and on Arab unity?
EBAN: "Well it is not an illustration of Arab unity. It is an illustration of Arab contention of lack of unity. I believe that a war against Israel is not going to unify them at all because I believe that under that pressure the inherent divisions in their societies will become even more marked than before. We would like them to talk about unity for peace instead of about unity for war, because unity for war will be a united disaster. Unity for peace could bring about what I think is the real answer to our recent problems which is the construction of a community of Middle Eastern states, independent in their sovereignty but jointed together by close integration in a regional pattern of co-operation similar to that arising in Europe. I recall that the European communities in Europe were created not out of economic motives but in order to solve the problem of conflict--traditional conflict; how to transcend conflict; and create new patterns of reconciliation I think we need a new momentum of thinking to go beyond the semantics of international controversy into a broad vision of a community of Middle Eastern states, Arab and non-Arab joined together in common devotion to our nation."
INTERVIEWER: "Jordan is traditionally one of the more moderate of the Arab states. Do you think yesterday's assassination will have any effect on this moderation and therefore an effect on Israeli Arab relations?"
EBAN: "Well that's a matter for the Jordanian regime to discuss. My appraisal is that they will not be turned aside from the direction they have taken because of this isolated act of violence, but that's guess. I would think that there will not be any marked change in the trend of Jordanian policy. There might even be an intensification of it in the same direction."
INTERVIEWER: Is the assassination of Premier Tell an act which you would condemn?"
EBAN: "Yes because it is an act of violence, because I don't think that political problems are solved by violence, either in the international context or in any other context."
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Background: Israel's Foreign Minister Mr. Eban said in London on Monday (November 29) that he believes peace in the Middle East can come only through regional co-operation--similar to that in Europe.
Mr. Eban noted that the European communities were created not as a result of economic motives, but in order to solve the problems of conflict.
Mr. Eban's remarks came during an interview following the assassination of the Jordanian Prime Minister, Mr. Wasfi ???all.
He spoke to Visnews reporter William Ward.