Hadassah Leader Expects Healthy Mideast Policy Under Carter

Mrs. Bernice S. Tannenbaum, president of Hadassah, said here today that "based on President-elect Carter’s statements, his appointments and the Middle East plank of the Democratic Party platform, we expect a healthy Mideast foreign policy."

Mrs. Tannenbaum, who came to Israel to plan Hadassah’s first convention in Israel, scheduled for August, 1978, also said that Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor designate, had summarized Carter’s position on Mideast peace with the statement that "there can be no concessions on the gut issue involved, namely, not only the continued existence but full recognition of Israel" by the Arab states.

Mrs. Tannenbaum said the appointment of Rep. Andrew Young (D.Ga.) as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, was positive because of his sensitivity to the issue of human rights. She said that Young, as a member of Black Americans to Support Israel Committee (BASIC) and as a co-sponsor of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment for freedom of emigration of Soviet Jews and others, brings moral credibility to the UN position.

The Hadassah leader declined to comment on Israel’s domestic policies, explaining that Hadassah is a member of the World Confederation of United Zionists, a diaspora-based organization with a philosophy of non-affiliation with any political party in Israel. She said Hadassah is "non-partisan in Israel’s election" and believes that "as Americans we have no right to participate in Israel’s political life, even though we are committed to helping build a sound, creative society in Israel as we are in the United States."

Mrs. Tannenbaum is being accompanied here by Mrs. Rose Matzkin, immediate past president and Hadassah Medical Organization chairman; Mrs. Faye L. Schenk, HMO building and development chairman; and Mrs. Frieda Lewis, Hadassah treasurer.

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