NEW YORK (Nov. 6)
In the first statement by an American Zionist leader on the outcome of the elections, Rabbi Irving Miller, president of the Zionist Organization of America, today expressed confidence that President-elect Eisenhower would continue American policy of support of Israel. Rabbi Miller spoke at a dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel tendered in his honor by leaders of the Israel bond drive.
Pointing out that “the fostering of a strong Israel will advance the interests of American democracy in a most critical area” and that “a militarily secure Israel is also insurance for America’s defense,” the Z.O.A. president said “there is ample reason to look forward to the extension of support for Israel on the part of the American Government.”
“In President-elect Eisenhower,” Rabbi Miller declared, “the Jewish people have a champion, and the State of Israel an understanding friend. The President-elect’s record on this score is clear and unmistakable. He was the liberator of the Jewish survivors of the Nazi concentration camps. As the commanding general responsible for the rehabilitation of the Jews in the displaced persons camps in the American zone of Germany, he brought to this task deep understanding, human sympathy and genuine concern for the future welfare of the remnants of European Jewry. His efforts in their behalf made it possible for them to look forward to the rebuilding of their shattered lives in Israel, and as proud citizens of the new state they continue to bless his name.
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“Moreover, President-elect Eisenhower recently provided striking evidence of his deep concern for Israel. In his letter to the great leader of the Zionist movement, Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, on October 17, he expressed ‘hearty accord’ with the declaration on Israel in the Republican platform, and stated that ‘it is in the interest of the United States and of all peace loving nations that political and economic aid to establish their own security should be extended to Israel and to all countries in the Middle East which are similarly intentioned.’
“Through the implementation of this policy, President-elect Eisenhower and his Administration will provide a historic solution to the problem of the Middle East. It will be a blessing for America, for Israel, and for the peace of the world,” Rabbi Miller emphasized. He also pointed out that “the Congress of the United States affirmed and reaffirmed bi-partisan support for the Jewish State, and President Truman earned an everlasting place of honor in Jewish history by his recognition of Israel and his unwavering assistance of the new democracy throughout these crucial years.”