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Rabin Says Israel Must Be Strong to Realize Promise of New Agreement

Immediately after the initialing of the new agreement with Egypt on Monday, Premier Yitzhak Rabin addressed a special plea to American and Canadian rabbis “to promote the promise” of the new agreement by strengthening Israel through greater response to the forthcoming High Holiday program in behalf of Israel Bonds. Rabin’s message was cabled to Rabbi Leon Kronish, chairman of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of the Israel Bond Organization.

The Premier said that the new agreement “reflects our determination to make every effort to move towards peace, while carrying forward the social and economic development of Israel, which is so urgent and vital to the Jewish people everywhere.” Stressing that “the rule still stands–that our neighbors will negotiate only with an Israel that is very strong.” the Premier noted that “the congregations of America are part of our strength which is why their tangible support through Israel Bonds is more urgent now than ever before.”

A record number of more than 1100 synagogues in the U.S. and Canada will participate in the special High Holiday Israel Bond program as a means of maintaining and expanding the strengthening and development of the economy of Israel.

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