US Senator William Fulbright has proposed a Middle East peace plan involving a formal United States-Israel treaty and the positioning of United Nations troops to guarantee Israel's security if it withdraws from all occupied Arab territories.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: FULBRIGHT: "I think that you'll find nearly everyone in the Government that has spoken on the subject in the Senate and the Executive have already used the word commitment and I think they feel it, and I think there is -- what might be called -- a de facto commitment growing out of cultural, sentimental ties between Israel and this country. There is this feeling that we are committed -- and this is constantly said -- without a formal treaty. And yet this is a kind of open-ended indeterminate type of commitment. If you have a situation like that I think it is far preferable to recognise it and to make it formal. Now I want to make it clear however, that I would not formalise it in view of the Russian interest and the dangers of the area unless it is in connection with and subsequent to a guarantee by the United States. Because I would think it would be a futile and dangerous gesture. But the actual basis for it is already there, and that it would be a tremendous thing if that could be done in connection with a United Nations Security Council guarantee -- then you would have achieved to most important objectives."
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Background: US Senator William Fulbright has proposed a Middle East peace plan involving a formal United States-Israel treaty and the positioning of United Nations troops to guarantee Israel's security if it withdraws from all occupied Arab territories. The Senator made his proposal in a speech which was published on Saturday (22 August) and which he will deliver to the U.S. Senate on Monday (24 August). In a press conference in Washington on Saturday, the Senator spoke about his plan.
The Arkansas Senator, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that he could not formalise such a treaty unless it was under the guarantee of the United Nations. He said that the U.S. Senate's ratification of such a treaty might help to overcome Israel's lack of faith in the United Nations.
The peace proposals were made in Senator fulbright's first major statement on the Middle East. Under the proposed treaty the U.S. Would guarantee to protect Israel's borders, with force if necessary and israel would have to agree never to violate the 1967 frontiers.