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Catholic Leader Urges Reagan to Nix Move of U.S. Embassy in Israel

President Reagan has been urged by the head of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops to veto legislation that would force the United States Embassy in Israel to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Bishop James Malone wrote in a letter last weekend to Reagan that “We believe such a unilateral move would fail to address the special significance Jerusalem holds for Moslems, Jews and Christians and it would present yet another obstacle (for) Middle East peace.”

The letter was quoted in the Catholic New York, John Cardinal O’Connor’s archdiocesan newspaper. Sen. Jesse Helms (R.N.C.) is proposing an amendment that would require the Embassy location transfer. Malone is president of the 350-member conference, which includes O’Connor of New York.