Israel’s Problems Better Understood by Americans in Light of Iran Crisis

Sen John Warner (R Va.) feels that, as a result of the Iranian crisis, Americans have developed a new understanding of Israel and its problems.

Speaking before more than 500 corporate executives and guests at a State of Israel Bond dinner here last night at which sales of over $2.3 million in Bonds and other instruments were reported, Warner said, “The Iranian crisis has brought Americans together in patriotism. It is beginning to unite the Congress behind a strong national defense of which Israel is an integral part. We have developed a new empathy with Israel because of its courage and because it faces dangers constantly. We are learning, as Israel has learned when faced by terrorists, no nation can surrender to terrorism.”

Bruce Sundlun, president and chief executive officer of the Outlet Company, headquartered in Providence, which operates department and specialty stores, as well as radio and television stations, received the Israel Prime Minister’s Medal, the nation’s highest public service award, at the dinner which was held in his honor. Col. Menachem Eini, air force attache at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., made the presentation.

Elizabeth Taylor Warner, who recently returned from a trip to Egypt and Israel, expressed to the audience the thanks and friendship for the American people that President Anwar Sadat and Premier Menachem Begin had urged her to convey. Begin had also expressed his gratitude for U.S. help in achieving the peace treaty, she said.

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