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Church: Israel Will Take Risks for Peace if U.S. Stands by Commitments

Sen. Frank Church (D. Idaho) declared here this week that Israel must be continuously assured that its “security remains the cornerstone of American policy.” He explained that “only in that belief will Israel feel confident enough to take the calculated risks for peace.

Church told the 600 persons attending the 78th annual banquet of the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia (FJA) that the proposals by Republican Presidential candidate John Connally “linking the price of oil to a peace settlement for the whole of the Middle East … are politically naive, economically unsound and morally bankrupt.”

The Idaho Senator, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also said the United States was straying from the Camp David accords by its overtures to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the “harsh criticism of Israel’s bombing of southern Lebanon unaccompanied by a censure of PLO terrorism the original source of this tragic cycle of violence.”

Ronald Rubin, who was installed for a second term as FJA president, declared that Jews “must continue to stand together on every important issue facing our people, for only together can we have the strength and the capability to find solutions to the difficult times ahead.”

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