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Chief Rabbi of Israel Endorses Pope’s Call for Ban on Nuclear Weapons

Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim endorsed today the call of Pope John XXIII, in his encyclical last week, for a ban on nuclear weapons and the gradual reduction of the nuclear arms stockpiles toward general disarmament.

The Chief Rabbi said that those goals were worthy of the active and sympathetic support of the Jewish people. The Chief Rabbi cited the Pope’s statement that the time had come for the heads of religions and the world’s spiritual leaders to assume the initiative in curbing the drive for nuclear weapons dominance to secure humanity from disaster.