NEW YORK (Jul. 16)
Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, Walter Mondale’s running mate, is a member of Pioneer Women/Na’amat, it was reported by Phyllis Sutker, national president of the 50,000-member organization.
The New York Democratic Congresswoman joined the organization on May 25 during a meeting of the group’s Kesher Club in Forest Hills, part of Ferraro’s Congressional district. Addressing the members of the club, she expressed her enthusiasm for Israel and for Masha Lubelsky, secretary-general of Na’amat, whom she met during her visit there last year.
Ferraro, one of the original cosponsors in Congress of legislation to move the U.S. Embasy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, told the meeting, matter-of-factly, “It seems to me that if that’s the capital, it’s the capital.”
On the Palestinians, she said: “They are using the women and children in the refugee camps to generate sympathy …. It’s disgraceful to see what is happening there.” Ferraro visited refugee centers in Lebanon and Jordan while enroute to Israel. Referring to the Golan Heights, she stated: “There is no way that, if I were Prime Minister of Israel, I would ever agree to its being given back to anyone.”
After Mondale announced last Thursday that he had chosen Ferraro to be his running mate, Sutker sent her a congratulatory message saying, “We are proud that a woman of your high calibre — a Pioneer Woman — has been designated as a candidate for the office of Vice President of the United States.”