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Knesset Unit Neutral on Jackson

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee–with Premier Golda Meir participating in its session drafted a carefully neutral resolution on the Jackson Amendment issue passed on to it by the plenum Wednesday after a Likud motion for a full dress debate was voted down.

The resolution, drafted Friday, states: “The Knesset Foreign Affairs Committee, on behalf of the Knesset, wishes to express its high esteem to the President of the United States, members of the Senate and House of Representatives for their initiatives and actions to ensure free and unrestrained immigration of Jews from the USSR, and to all the governments, public and state officials and representatives, parliaments, groups and public committees in the world which were moved to take the initiative and voice protest for the release of Russian Jews from their conditions of hardship and suppression….”

The Likud minority presented its own draft which “expresses high esteem for President Nixon for his activities for the emigration of Jews from the USSR, to Senator (Henry) Jackson for the role he has initiated in the Congress…and to the decisive majority of both Houses of Congress who support this vital and important proposal.” The Alignment-National Religious Party majority, following the government’s policy of not involving itself in the Jackson dispute, voted down this draft.

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