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Dinitz; Powerful Efforts Underway to Change U.S. Position on PLO

Israeli Ambassador Simcha Dinitz told the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations today that “powerful efforts” were underway to change the American government position on non-recognition of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He said that there had been some “erosion” in press and academic circles but that the State Department was still standing firm.

Dinitz told some 75 Conference leaders that the problem of recognition of the PLO was one of the problem of recognition of the PLO was one of three major issues confronting Israel today, the others being the massing of modern military equipment and technology in the hands of the Arab states and the attack on Israel and Zionism in the United Nations.

Rabbi Israel Miller, chairman of the Presidents Conference, said that American Jews would redouble their efforts to support large-scale military and economic aid to Israel, would intensify programs to interpret the meaning of Zionism and would “seek in every possible forum to make clear that any discussion with or recognition of the terrorist PLO would inevitably lead to an Arafat State on the West Bank, thus jeopardizing not only the security of Israel but the whole strategy of American policy in the Middle East.”