You will have seen a detailed memorandum of my conversation with King
Hussein at lunch
yesterday.2See Document 508. I met privately with him for a half
hour preceding that luncheon and, among other things, referred to his
conversations with Ambassador Goldberg in New York.3See
Document 509 and footnotes 3 and 5
thereto. I intended to incorporate the statements made by
Ambassador Goldberg to him and by
reference to indicate my approval of Ambassador Goldberg's statements.
Following the luncheon, a member of the King's party inquired as to
whether I had specifically meant to include a reference to the
statements made by Ambassador Goldberg with respect to territorial integrity. I
authorized a U.S. official to confirm to the King that I had by
reference incorporated Ambassador Goldberg's assurances in my comments.
The net effect of this incorporation is to state that the United States
as a matter of policy does not envisage a Jordan which consists only of the East Bank. The United
States is prepared to support the return of a substantial part of the
West Bank to Jordan with
boundary adjustments. However, the United States would use its influence
to obtain compensation to Jordan for any territory it is required to give up.
For example, if Jordan is
required to give up the Latrun salient, the United States will use its
diplomatic and political influence to obtain in compensation access for
Jordan to a Mediterranean
port in Israel. Finally, although as a matter of policy we do not agree
with either Jordan's or
Israel's position on Jerusalem, we are prepared to use our diplomatic and political
influence to obtain for Jordan a role in Jerusalem. In short, we are
prepared to make a maximum diplomatic and political effort to obtain for
Jordan the best possible
deal in terms of settlement with Israel.
The foregoing was conveyed to the King with a clear statement that we
cannot guarantee that everything will be returned to Jordan since, of
course, we cannot speak for Israel.
King Hussein's visit has so far gone quite well.
During his visit, King Hussein
will have made a number of public appearances in addition to meeting
with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Foreign Affairs
Committee of the House. He appeared on the TV program “Face the Nation”
on November 5. He also has delivered an address at Georgetown University
and at the National Press Club.
The major theme of the King's public statements is the need for a
permanent understanding between Israel and its Arab neighbors. In what
he described as the “new and positive approach of the Arabs towards a
lasting peace in the Middle East”, he has stressed the willingness of
the Arab world to consider a political approach to the Arab-Israel
Specifically, he has called on Israel to state what it proposes to do
with respect to Arab lands it has occupied, Arab refugees it has
displaced, and the future of the Old City of Jerusalem. He has stressed
the Arab desire for peace and has pointed out that Israel has a choice
of either living with the Arabs peacefully or of remaining an isolated
outpost in the Arab world.
1Source: Johnson Library, President's
Appointment File. Secret; Exdis.
The Department of State record copy of this memorandum is dated
November 8 and indicates it was drafted by Battle on November 7. An attached
note states that Rusk took the
memorandum to the President on November 8. (National Archives and
Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 7 JORDAN) He presumably took it
with him when he attended the President's lunch meeting at 1 p.m.
that day. The Middle East situation at the United Nations and plans
for the meeting with Hussein
were on the agenda. (Johnson
Library, National Security File, Rostow Files, Meetings with the
unsigned, undated memorandum from Rusk to the President with supplementary talking
points for his meeting with King Hussein urging that he do everything possible to
persuade the Arab delegations, especially the UAR delegation, to accept the U.S.
draft resolution, is filed with this memorandum.