NEW YORK (Jan. 10)
Every Israeli is deeply grateful to American Jewry for the swift and courageous way in which it united behind Israel when the Jewish State was faced with the threat of withdrawal of United States aid and suffered censure by the United Nations during the recent Israel-Arab crisis, Dr. Israel Goldstein, president of the American Jewish Congress, reported at a press conference following his return from Jerusalem where he attended the sessions of the Zionist Actions Committee.
Emphasizing that Israel is always deeply concerned over the attitude of our government because it is an important factor in shaping the attitude of other powers toward it, Dr. Goldstein declared:
“We must remember that while President Eisenhower, in my opinion, is favorably disposed toward Israel, the State Department’s attitude on the Middle East is governed by three factors–population, area and oil. On these scores, the Arab world carries tremendous weight with our State Department. Fortunately, the latter is also sensitive to American public opinion. This public opinion, sufficiently strong to overcome adverse State Department attitudes, has been effectively activated by the Zionist movement in America.