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Conference of Presidents Praises Nixon for ‘forthright Analysis’ of Mideast Situation

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has written to President Nixon to express “deep appreciation” for his “forthright analysis” of the Middle East situation in his televised remarks July 1. “We are confident,” the letter signed by Conference president Dr. William A. Wexler said, “that appropriate measures will be taken to leave no doubt about the credibility of America’s resolve. We are reassured by your firm statement that you will maintain the balance of power, because once it shifts against Israel there will be a war.” Soviet “predominance” in the area, the letter said, would result in “the expulsion of Western nations”; in addition, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Eastern flank would be “crucially weakened, thus endangering our European allies.” The letter was the Conference’s first to the President since Secretary of State William P. Rogers’ late-March announcement that jet sales to Israel would be held “in abeyance.”