NEW YORK (May. 28)
A two-day national leadership conference convened by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations ended yesterday with the adoption of a resolution voicing “concern” that while the United States has barred new military aid commitments to Israel during the reassessment of American Mideast policy, she has announced intentions to provide Jordan with $100 million worth of “Hawk” anti-aircraft missiles.
The resolution adopted by the 300 delegates at the assembly at the Delmonico Hotel here, also declared: “We call on the Administration to strengthen American economic and military support of Israel, not only for Israel’s security but for America’s as well. The vital interests of this country require a strong, stable, democratic, friendly government to thwart the Soviet intrusion in that region. America’s greatest contribution to the cause of its own security and of peace in the Middle East lies not in any ‘imposed’ solution nor in pressure or threat. It lies in making clear our country’s enduring commitment to the security of Israel.”
Another resolution adopted said that the member organizations of the Presidents Conference “advised their membership that their organizations approve and endorse acts of conscience taken by individual members reacting to the Gulf Oil Corporation’s gift to Arab sources in Beirut, Lebanon for propaganda purposes in the U.S.”
A Presidents Conference spokesman said the resolution spoke for itself and there was no definition of the term “acts of condolence” given by the delegates. He acknowledged that it could interpreted by some Americans to mean that they would turn in their Gulf credit cards or refuse to buy the company’s gasoline. But he said it could mean other things to other people. The spokes man stressed that viewing the term “acts of conscience” as a counter-boycott was stretching the point and that there was no reference to any specific counter-boycott action.