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Dr. Nohum Goldmonn, former president of the World Jewish Congress, was sharply critical of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon. In an interview in Paris with the Dutch daily Het Parool, he predicted that Israel’s victory will be short-lived. He said he hoped the United States would now intervene but admitted that hope was slight.

Goldmann said the victory over the Palestine Liberation Organization forces in Lebanon has not put an end to the PLO. He maintained that the PLO had been observing the cease-fire along the Lebanese border which went into effect last July. He said the main responsibility for what has happened in Lebanon lies with the U.S. which supports Israel.

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