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• Lyndon B. Johnson
Remarks of Welcome at the White House to Prime Minister Eshkol of Israel.
June 1, 1964

Mr. Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen:

I am very happy, Mr. Prime Minister, to welcome you to our country. Your predecessors have visited my country informally several times in the past, but this is the first official visit by a Prime Minister of Israel. We are pleased that you have come. My countrymen greatly admire the progress made by your people. You have met and mastered monumental problems of economic survival. You have shown all the world how to use science and technology to improve man's life on the planet.

Today, Israel is a vital, prosperous land, a symbol of the courage and the strength of her people. The United States is proud to have assisted in this high enterprise. We are prepared to continue our contributions to technical advancement in Israel, particularly in the field of desalinization of water. We are aware, Mr. Prime Minister, of the problems of political adjustment that Israel faces with her neighbors. We know that you want to live in peace with those neighbors, and we believe it is not only possible but imperative that those .problems be peacefully resolved, bringing justice to all as well as security for all.

We welcome this opportunity to exchange views with you on matters of mutual interest. We share many common objectives, Mr. Prime Minister, chief of which is the building of a better world, a world in which every nation can develop its resources and develop them in freedom and in peace. I am confident this visit will result in increased understanding between us and a strengthening of our already cordial relations.

Mr. Prime Minister, it gives me great pleasure to say shalom.

Citation: Lyndon B. Johnson: "Remarks of Welcome at the White House to Prime Minister Eshkol of Israel.", June 1, 1964. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
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