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Orthodox Leader Says Viet Nam War Policy Does Not Endanger Anti-poverty Fight

Rabbi Pesach Z. Levovitz, president of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council, took sharp issue here this weekend with those of President Johnson’s critics who say that the war in Viet Nam jeopardizes the anti-poverty and Great Soviety programs. “We have every confidence in the President’s assertion that the American economy is strong enough to cope with any commitments abroad as well as on the home front,” he said.

As evidence, Rabbi Levovitz pointed to the fact that the Administration has introduced into Congress legislation to continue all aspects of the Johnson social program. “It is those elements both in Congress and elsewhere who are using the war in Viet Nam as an excuse to scuttle this great program and undermine the President’s leadership.”