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Mrs. Meir: Israel Will Not Forego Geography, Control of Shipping Lanes

The Assembly of the reconstituted Jewish Agency concluded tonight with a speech by Premier Golda Meir in which she reiterated that “geography” and “control over our shipping lane” were “conditions” that Israel could not forego. “We refuse to do anything that can make the next war easier,” she declared. Mrs. Meir observed that “If President Sadat (of Egypt) is not resuming the war now, then the reason is that he knows very well he can’t win it.” She added to the Assembly that while American aid was appreciated, “where our security is concerned we rely on Israel itself, and that means you and we together.” Max M. Fisher of Detroit, president of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, said the Assembly was “no ordinary enterprise” but an effort “to correct history…, to refresh our own inspiration and to create new ways of achieving great things for our people.”