NEW YORK (Nov. 7)
Stuart Eizenstat, President Carter’s assistant for domestic policy, declared here that the President is unshakeable in his commitment to the survival of Israel. “America will never trade Israel for any commodity, there will be no cut offs and no reassessment,” he said.
Eizenstat spoke to the inaugural luncheon of the National Committee for Labor Israel-Israel Histadrut Campaign which initiated the celebration of the 60th anniversary year of Histadrut in Israel.
Dr. Judah Shapiro, president of the National Committee, told the 600 delegates meeting last weekend not to be concerned over the fight now going on for the leadership of the Labor Party in Israel. He cited the contest now being waged between President Carter and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D. Mass.) for the 1980 Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination as evidence that the struggle within the labor party is a normal factor of democracy, “unfortunately too rarely seen in the world today.”
On the eve of stepping down as president of the AFL-CIO, George Meany reaffirmed the American labor movement’s continuing support for Israel and Histadrut, in a letter of greetings to the delegates assembled from across the United States and Canada. “Since its creation 60 years ago, Histadrut has had the complete support and cooperation of the American labor movement,” Meany said. “Over the years, in good times and in bad, that support has never wavered, and I can assure you with complete confidence that our links with the workers and the people of Israel will remain over all the years ahead.”