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Vice-president Barkley Calls Israel a Free Nation Essential to U.S. Security

Paying tribute to the Jewish state as an “outpost of democracy,” Vice-President Alben W. Barkley called yesterday for maximum support to Israel as a “free nation that is so essential to the security of our own liberty and ideals.” Addressing an all-day conference, the Vice-President told more than 1,000 Jewish leaders assembled at the Westview Country Club that aid to Israel through the United Jewish Appeal “is more than a Jewish problem–it is a humanitarian problem.”

The Miami conference heard Mr. Barkley declare that he was proud as an American that the United States was instrumental in the birth of Israel as an independent nation and that our government recommended the admission of the Jewish state into the United Nations.

In his address the Vice-President emphasized that the United Jewish Appeal was a vital factor in the future development of Israel. “Israel is not financially strong enough to provide for the newcomers who are coming in at the rate of some 200,000 a year. It is not strong enough to take care of the immigrants alone, to provide housing, hospitals, to care for the children and to reclaim the land and prepare it for settlement. We must help the Jewish state because Israel is not economically strong enough at the present time to meet these needs,” Mr. Barkley declared.

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