TEL AVIV (Feb. 29)
A message of greetings from President Johnson to the national executive committee of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, which held its first meeting on foreign soil, here this week, was interpreted by the veterans today as a sign that Israel may be exempted from restrictions on American travel abroad now being debated in Congress. They reasoned that the warmth of the President’s message, addressed to a large group of Americans visiting a foreign country, indicated that such a course may be contemplated by the Administration.
The JWV executives wound up their session after hearing an address by Israel’s Minister of Tourism, Moshe Kol. Before returning to the U.S. tomorrow, they resolved to intensify their efforts to explain to the American Government and people that Israel is America’s only ally in the Middle East and so deserves continued American aid and consideration. “Israel is facing the same tanks, the same planes and the same enemy that Americans are facing in Vietnam,” the JWV resolution said.