NEW YORK (Feb. 15)
The chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations charged today that West Germany’s action in halting arms deliveries to Israel had “endangered Israel’s security and jeopardized the fragile balance that has deterred Arab aggression in the Middle East.”
Speaking on behalf of the 20 national Jewish religious and lay groups that make up the President’s Conference, Dr. Joachim Prinz voiced “anguish and bitter disappointment” at the German action. “It is apparent that the Bonn regime surrendered to President Nasser’s blackmail threat to recognize East Germany,” he said. “In so doing, the German Government abandoned the grave burden it carries for the life and liberty of those Jews who managed to outlive Hitler, and for the country of Israel which was established to give them haven.”
Dr. Prinz, who is president of the American Jewish Congress, spoke at a news conference here. He assumed office today as chairman of the President’s Conference, succeeding Lewis H. Weinstein, of Boston.