Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on Monday (18 June) gave the opening address at an international convention in Jerusalem being attended by about 250 women journalists.
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"This area, like all areas, needs the cooperation of all the peoples int he area for the welfare of all the people. This is one of the areas where tone of millions of people do not enjoy the elementary necessities of life. I do not believe that they will ever acquire it as long as there is war. I once said at the United Nations in 1957, when I announced on behalf of the Government of Israel that we are pulling back from the Sinai Desert, from Sharm El Sheik, front he Gaza Strip. I put away my written statement and said to the representatives of the countries of this area: 'Not one of your children is going to live longer, will be happier, will be better fed, will be better clothed... (INDISTINCT).. so let us put all our efforts together for the welfare of everybody in order to have peace in this area.' And, since I know that one of the main objectives of your reorganisation is to have peace in the world, I hope that your congress that is held in Jerusalem, the City of Peace, will help this area, other areas in the world. But because you are here, will help this area also to reap an era of peace and cooperation."
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Background: Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on Monday (18 June) gave the opening address at an international convention in Jerusalem being attended by about 250 women journalists.
The chairman of the convention's organising committee, Bella Almog, said the large number of delegates -- all members of the World Association of Women Journalists and Writers -- made it the biggest meeting of its type ever held.
Women journalists from 38 countries, including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and the continents of Africa and South America, are taking part. The largest national contingent -- of 110 -- is from the United States.
In addition to the convention's working sessions, the delegates are also visiting kibbutzim (collective farms) and touring various parts of Israel. The convention ends on June 27.
The Israeli Prime Minister said in her opening address at the Agron (journalists) House: