NEW YORK (Jan. 16)
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Chaim Herzog, warned against over-optimism about peace in the Middle East based on statements made by leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Addressing more than 100 Israel Bond leaders at the first Northeastern Inaugural Leadership Conference of the Israel Bond Organization Friday. Herzog said that despite media accounts of PLO moderation. Israel does not believe the PLO will suddenly change its policy of terrorism and its avowed aim to destroy Israel.
Herzog condemned France’s release of Palestinian terrorist Abu Daoud as an example of “pure cowardice” and surrender to “pressure by the Arab governments and the threat of PLO and other terrorist groups.” He called on American Jewry to increase its efforts for Israel Bonds as a means of strengthening Israel’s voice on the international scene and achieving “dignity and strength in our role as spokesman for the Jewish people.”
On Thursday, Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem, currently visiting the U.S., addressed a luncheon of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of the IBO. He urged the leading American and Canadian rabbis present to have their congregations throughout North America participate in special events to mark the tenth anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.