LOS ANGELES (Nov. 30)
A $1.15 million goal was set at the West Coast annual conference and banquet of the Israel Histadrut Campaign attended by 2,000 persons. The record goal includes $1 million in immediate and long term commitments to the Israel Histadrut Campaign and $150,000 to help create an Institute for Negev Studies in Sde Boker, home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. The annual gathering this weekend was dedicated to Ben-Gurion who celebrated his 85th birthday last month.
Sen. Mike Gravel (D., Alaska) who was guest speaker said a directly negotiated settlement between Israel and the Arab states was the only “viable” solution of the Middle East conflict. He rapped administration “pressures” on Israel for an interim Suez accord and urged a resumption of deliveries of Phantom jets to Israel.