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J.w.v. Commander Urges Bombing of North Vietnam, if Peace Try Fails

The national commander of the Jewish War Veterans of America praised President Johnson’s peace offensive yesterday as evidence to the world of the American desire for peace but asserted that if it failed to achieve its ends, the United States should resume full-scale bombing of North Viet Nam.

Addressing an Americanism Day rally sponsored by the Florida Department of the Jewish War Veterans, Milton A. Waldor, the JWV national commander, described his experiences on his recent visit to Viet Nam and told the audience of 800 that he had never seen men so dedicated and inspired as the American troops there.

(In a joint statement issued yesterday by the presidents of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the national commander of the Jewish War Veterans was strongly criticized for “bomb-rattling jingoism.” A statement on the Viet Nam issue will be issued this week by the Synagogue Council of America, representing the views of all branches of religion in American Judaism.)

The Jewish War Veterans meeting was also addressed by Rep. Claude Pepper, State Attorney General Earl Faircloth and Mayor Elliot Roosevelt of Miami.