JERUSALEM (Sep. 19)
Premier Yitzhak Rabin told world Jewry in a New Year’s message that Israel’s neighbors would find her a willing partner for peace negotiations. Rabin called on world Jewry to show solidarity, especially where the persecution of Jews is concerned. “Israel, in common with all Jews in the free world, will continue to speak out loud and clear in support of freedom for our brethren in distress,” the message said.
“The expansion and deepening of Jewish education must be pursued in every Jewish community for the sake of our collective Jewish integrity. However, this effort must never be at the cost of Jewry’s material assistance in helping Israel resolve the acute educational and social problems,” he said. Rabin said the Entebbe operation was another indication that “as Jews we act to save lives whenever the opportunity presents itself.”