MIAMI BEACH (Feb. 18)
Arthur J. Goldberg, former Supreme Court Justice and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, declared last night that Security Council Resolution 242 was “intended to permit negotiated territorial adjustments” in the Middle East and not lead to imposed border settlements on the nations in the area. Addressing the closing meeting of the three-day sixth annual mid-winter conference of the Israel Histadrut Foundation, which raised $1.3 million in commitments and endowments during the conference. Goldberg said it was not Israel’s “inflexibility” that was responsible for the continuing tension in the Mideast and enumerated numerous concessions made by Israel in order to make possible the beginning of the Jarring peace talks. He told the 1,000 delegates from the U.S., Canada. Latin America and Israel that the meaning of Resolution 242 is “thwarted in Cairo. Moscow and Amman. The resolution was not intended to perpetuate the situation that led to three tragic wars in 20 years.”
At a press conference which preceded the dinner, Goldberg asked to comment on the Jarring talks, replied: “I have never yet learned of a final peace treaty being achieved when the two participants did not sit down face to face.” Goldberg was presented with the “$20 Million Award of the Israel Histadrut Foundation,” symbolizing the fact that the Foundation had achieved a cumulative total of $20,023,000 in deferred grants. At an earlier session, Senator Mike Gravel, Democrat of Alaska, told the delegates “Israel should not give up an ounce of ground until there is a permanent peace settlement.” He also said “I as a Christian wish to see the continued administration of an undivided city of Jerusalem by the State of Israel.” Dr. Leon Kronish of Miami Beach, national chairman of the board of the Israel Histadrut Foundation and rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom here, announced that the board of directors had undertaken to raise $30 million in deferred giving during the next four years in addition to the annual regular Histadrut campaigns. Dr. Sol Stein of New York, Foundation executive vice-president, announced the launching of a $2.5 million issue of Histadrut Annuity Trust.