CARACAS (Dec. 3)
More than 1000 people gathered at a mass meeting here recently to reiterate Venezuelan Jewry’s support for Israel in this time of increasing tensions in the Middle East. The audience heard the leaders of Venezuela’s 20.000 Jews tell of their efforts to make Israel’s case known before the Venezuelan government. A delegation from the Confederation of Venezuelan-Jewish Associations (CAIV) visited Dr. Ramon Escobar Salom, Secretary-General of the Venezuelan presidency, and the presidents of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies to convey the Jewish community’s concern over the latest developments in the Middle East.
Among the speakers at the rally was Dr. Victor Eliachar, Israel’s Ambassador to Venezuela, who referred in his remarks to the letter written by President Carlos Andres Perez to President Ford, in which he promised that Venezuela, a leading petroleum exporter, would not use oil as a political tool (At the United Nations. Venezuela has either supported or abstained on resolutions favorable to the Arabs and the PLO.)