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Founding of the State of Israel : an Interview with Walter Eytan by Jean Krasno
Mr. Walter Eytan (Israel, 1910 – 2001) was a member of the Jewish Agency delegation at the United Nations General Assembly in 1947. In this role Mr. Eytan supervised the lobbying efforts of the delegation, which was intended to help gain a favourable vote in the General Assembly and ensure the legitimacy of the State of Israel. In 1948, once recognition was achieved, Mr. Eytan was declared Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, serving in this post from 1948 to 1959. Mr. Eytan continued to serve in a diplomatic capacity after his time as Director General and was assigned to serve as the Israeli Ambassador to France from 1959 to 1970.
Retired at the time of the interview, conducted on 20 June 1990, Mr. Eytan discussed the creation of the State of Israel, the question of Palestine and United Nations involvement in the Arab-Israeli crisis.
Jewish Agency for Palestine - UN. General Assembly (2nd sess. : 1947 : Flushing Meadow, N.Y.) - UN. General Assembly (1st special sess. : 1947 : Flushing Meadow, N.Y.) - UN Special Committee on Palestine - UN Mediator in Palestine - UN Conciliation Commission for Palestine - UN Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine - HISTORY - TERRITORIAL PARTITION - POLITICAL STATUS - MEDIATION - ISRAEL-ARAB WAR (1948-1949) - ORAL HISTORY - PALESTINE QUESTION - JEWS - ARABS - CEASEFIRES - ARMISTICES - Bernadotte, Folke - Bunche, Ralph J. (Ralph Johnson), 1904-1971
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