Adlai Stevenson – Address At The Weizmann Institute Dinner – 1954 -Past Daily Reference Room
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Adlai Stevenson, despite losing the bid for the White House in 1952 and not fully committed to running again in 1956 was still a very potent figure on the political stage. The governments of the United States, Britain and France were asked this week by Adlai Stevenson”to allay rising apprehensions”in the Middle East by reaffirming their policy, declared in 1950, of preventing possible aggression on the Arab-Israel borders. Mr. Stevenson also urged the “Big Three” to strengthen their alliance “with guarantees.”
He added that “any general security system in the Middle East must take is to account the military potential and the democratic vitality and reliability of Israel.” The dinner was attended by more than 1,500 guests each paying $250 per plate. The proceeds went to the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
“One cannot, in good faith, take issue with the striving of our officials and ether Western nations to improve relations, cooperation and confidence in the Arab) world,” Mr.Stevenson said. “This would be a major goal of any administration in Washington. But one can inquire whether tensions are lessened or accommodations advanced by sending military equipment to Arab
states if there is any ambiguity about the purpose of such assistance—which is defense, not offense, peace ,not war.”Perhaps it would help to allay rising apprehensions for Britain, France and the United States to reaffirm their policy, declared in 1950, of preventing aggression in the Middle East and to strengthen it with guarantees. And certainly any general security’ system in the Middle East must take into account the military potential and the democratic vitality and reliability of Israel,” Mr. Stevenson emphasized.
Here is that complete address, as it was given and broadcast on December 2, 1954.
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