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Mrs. Abzug: Military Help to Israel Different from Aid to Vietnam

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Congresswoman Bella Abzug (D., N.Y.) said here that military help for Israel is totally different from military aid to Vietnam. Helping Israel meant aiding that nation to stand on its own. Involved in Vietnam was that of “a foreign country interfering with a nation searching for its own direction.” Mrs. Abzug, a leader of the National Women’s Political Caucus. made these remarks on the radio program, “Washington Scene,” produced by the American Jewish Committee. Hyman Bookbinder, Washington representative of the AJCommittee, asked the Congresswoman how she justified support of Israel to the New Left youth among whom she had credibility but who are largely opposed to Israel, Mrs. Abzug said she explained her support in terms of helping a democratic nation, which is the homeland of the Jewish people, to survive. She said that during her recent visit to Israel she was amazed at the interchange between Arabs and Jews in the Israeli-administered territories.

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