NEW YORK (May. 1)
Abraham A. Redelheim, president of he Zionist Organization of America, today appealed against “the creation of any gap” between Israel and American Jewry “as a result of misunderstanding and spiritual rifts. ” He warned that this would be “catastrophic to the interests of both. “
Mr. Redelheim spoke at a session of the ZOA National Executive Council at which the 12th anniversary of the State of Israel was marked by a reaffirmation of solidarity with the people of Israel “in their valiant struggle to build a sound economy and to live in peace with their neighbors. ” Zionist leaders from all parts of the country attended the all-day meeting of the Council, which is the ruling body of the ZOA between annual conventions.
The meeting adopted a resolution calling upon the United States Government “to take vigorous action through all channels at its disposal to induce the leaders of all Arab countries to accept the permanent existence of Israel.” Another resolution urged the United States “in the United Nations and else where to halt the United Arab Republic’s illegal blockade of the Suez Canal and clearly to affirm its support of the principle of passage through the Suez Canal for all nations. “
The meeting also marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Herzl, founder of the Zionist movement, which coincides with Israel’s 12th anniversary.