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Democrats Told There is No Disagreement on Platform Plank on Middle East

Sen. Philip Hart, of Michigan, told the Democratic national convention today during debate on the party’s platform that there was no disagreement on the Middle East plank. The plank called for provision of “the most advanced types of combat aircraft…(to Israel) as long as Israel is threatened by hostile and well-armed neighbors.” Sen. Hart stressed that “the Middle East remains a powder keg” and that the Democratic Party would do everything in its power to preserve peace in that area.

Israel Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin attended the convention today as an honored guest. The convention band played an arrangement of “Havah Nagela,” the Israeli song, apparently in honor of Gen. Rabin. This week Gen. Rabin will leave for Venezuela where he will visit that country’s Jewish community.