1700 People Pledge $8.2 Million at Dinner Feting Israeli Premier

More than 1700 people jammed the Beverly Hilton Hotel here last night to hear Premier Yitzhak Rabin and to pledge $8.2 million toward the United Jewish Welfare Fund goal of $35 million at UJWF’s inaugural dinner. The event was the final public appearance by the Premier during his three-day visit here. He also spoke to more than 2000 young Jews at a meeting yesterday arranged by the Los Angeles Jewish Youth Council.

Rabin told the huge throng, believed to be one of the largest audiences of his current visit to the United States, that he had found on the part of both Jews and non-Jews “a solid basis of communication and understanding and of special relations between the largest democracy and the only democracy that exists in the Middle East.”

Declaring that “we are strong in terms of what we present and what we project,” Rabin said, “We carry with us something other nations envy. Many countries would like to see the same zeal among their young people as is exhibited by our young people.”

During a stop-over in New York today on his way back to Israel, Rabin met with reporters and Israeli officials, conferred with intellectuals and scholars from various universities and taped an interview to be shown on Channel 13-WNET this evening at 7:30 and 11:30 p.m.

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