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Israel’s Ambassador in U.S. is Confident of American Jewry’s Aid to Jewish State

Confidence that American Jewry will bear its full share in aiding Israel’s development during the new Jewish year is expressed in a Rosh Hashanah message issued here by Abba Eban, Israel’s Ambassador to Washington and head of the Israel delegation to the United Nations. The message reads:

“The growth of Israel has maintained its swift momentum in the outgoing year. Israel has emerged from it tempered and strengthened, and with its record of achievement significantly enhanced. A life of freedom and constructive effort was provided for hundreds of thousands of new immigrants. The democratic structure of the State was developed and reinforced. Grave tests were faced and mastered. In the councils of the nations its voice was raised on behalf of the principles of peace and justice and the inviolability of the human spirit.

“The price of our internal advance has been intense hardship for the people of Israel. The impact of our mass immigration, larger proportionately than any in history, upon a small people struggling to build up its state in an impoverished land has bred grave problems. Yet without the partnership of American Jewry, Israel could not have met this trust as it is doing.

“The New Year 5711 dawns in a world gripped by tension and suspense. For our young State the road ahead looms full of dangers, and we must face them with the full realization of what they may portend. The responsibility of Israel stands out clearly. It must bring in and absorb as speedily as possible all Jews who seek its shores. It must buttress itself by all means in its power against any emergency that may arise. Jerusalem, whose political status is again about to be debated in the United Nations, must be preserved as the unassailable heart of Israel. Externally, Israel will support all who are dedicated to the rule of law and order in the world.

“Faithful to its inner vision and drawing strength from the moral and spiritual sources of its heritage and from the zeal and readiness of its people for sacrifice, Israel will go forward in the new year with its appointed task. In this common venture, it is confident that American Jewry will bear its full share. To all the Jews of America I send my good wishes for the coming year.”

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