Book Reviews57 Middle East Mission: The Story ofa Major Bidfor Peace in the Time of Nasser and Ben-Gurion. By Elmore Jackson. New York and London, W. W Norton & Co., 1983. 124 pp. $12.95. Among the many efforts to bring peaceful relations between Israel and her Arab neighbors is this one in August and September of 1955, the year before the Suez War. Elmore Jackson, who at that time was director of Quaker liaison with the United Nations, became one of the early practitioners of shuttle diplomacy, visiting Jerusalem and Cairo three times each within six weeks to try to find the basis for a negotiated settlement. Although the Jackson mission has been known in restricted circles the full story has never before been published. The initiative came from the Egyptians. Ambassador Hussein in Washington, backed by the foreign minister, Dr. Fawzi, and by Prime Minister Nasser, approached the Quakers. A meeting of Hussein with Clarence Pickett and Delbert Replogle led finally to agreement among Friends that Elmore Jackson would take on the assignment. A characteristic of the Quaker mission was the careful preliminary consultation with key United Nations people (Andrew Cordier), State Department officials (George Allen), Israeli
Quaker History – Friends Historical Association
Published: Apr 4, 1984
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