NEW YORK (Jun. 28)
President Luis Alberto Monge of Costa Rica has affirmed his country’s “free and sovereign determination to honor Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
Monge made that statement in a cable to Edgar Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress. It was in response to a cable of encouragement Bronfman sent to the Costa Rican President following the walk-out by Arab delegations at the conference of the International Labor Organization in Geneva earlier this month when Monge rose to address the gathering. The Arabs were protesting Costa Rica’s decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Bronfman’s message of support stated that in response to the “attempt at political intimidation, six million Jews in America and all their friends in this country as well as Jewish communities in 67 nations throughout the world applaud your courage, your dignity, your resolute behavior as an outstanding leader of the free world who stands his ground in the face of base threats.”