Bassett, John White Hughes
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A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto.
Some of the things that the speaker talked about with journalists and politicians in Italy and England, and sharing his experiences during an 11-day trip to Israel as the guest of that state's government. Bringing to fruition a greater realization of the role Canadians must be prepared to play in world affairs, and an acceptance on the individual level of national responsibility. An example. Canadian adulthood. Conditions in Italy. A description of Israel. An analogy of Israel with Britain during the war years. Making Israel citizens out of new arrivals. Compulsory military service. The importance of the army to the continued survival of Israel. The impressive material development and growth of Israel. Some words about Israel's Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, and Mrs. Golda Meir, the Foreign Minister. Understanding the Israeli-Arab conflict. Some remarks on expanding British-Canadian trade. Russia's influence throughout the Middle East. Canada's part to play in supporting Israel.