NEW YORK (Jul. 20)
“The Jews of Israel have made a great sacrifice in accepting the latest U.N. truce,” Samuel Rothberg, of Peoria, Ill., national vice-chairman of the Trades and Industries Division of the $250,000,000 United Jewish Appeal, said today on his arrival here from Israel, where he flew earlier this month to observe economic progress. Rothberg narrowly escaped death last week when an Egyptian Spitfire strafed Kibbutz Buchenwald, while he was inspecting a children’s section of the settlement.
The U.J.A, leader called for lifting of the U.S. arms embargo, declaring that such a move “by the American Government would “hasten peace in Palestine,” since the Arabs would probably not dare to resume fighting. “If they did, despite the lifting of the embargo,” he said, “Israeli forces could win the war within two or three months.” Accompanying Rothberg was Henry Montor, executive vice-chairman of the U.J.A. who was also returning from a visit to Israel.