Berman: Positive U.S. Israeli Relationship is ‘back in Harness’

The traditionally positive relationship between the United States and Israel is “back in harness” and the strains over President Reagan’s September 1982 peace initiative and the war in Lebanon are now over, Julius Berman, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, said here today.

Berman presented this assessment to a plenary session of the Board of Deputies of British Jews during which he traced the evolution of the U.S.-Israeli relations during the Reagan Administration. He said the U.S. now realizes the invalidity of its initial hope that the so-called moderate Saudi Arabia, together with Jordan, would act as the catalyst towards a Middle East peace settlement.

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