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British PM Eden's Speech at Guildhall (1955)

London, United Kingdom
Anthony Eden, United Kingdom: Speaker
A speech given by British Prime Minister Anthony Eden in London on 9 November 1955. Referring to the lull in open fighting between Israel and Egypt since the 1948 War, Eden alluded to the secret British-American efforts to promote Israeli-Egyptian talks under Operation Alpha, claiming that the Soviet decision to arm Egypt presented "a new element of danger" into the region. He declared that the "immediate task" is to prevent war, while in the long run the proposals made under Operation Alpha could foster negotiations with the support of the international community. Eden claimed that a compromise could be reached between the status quo, preferred by Israel, and the implementation of the Partition Plan and other resolutions, as demanded by the Arabs.