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Clinton Urges American Jews to Stay Course Toward Peace

March 18, 1996
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President Clinton is urging American Jews to rely on the historical triumphs of worldwide Jewry to stay the course toward peace in the Middle East.

“We are convinced that, ultimately, fear will overcome the adversity of terror, because overcoming that kind of adversity is the genius of the Jewish people and the history of the State of Israel,” Clinton told more than 3,000 cheering participants at the United Jewish Appeal’s Young Leadership Conference here.

As an overflow crowd stood on chairs chanting “four more years,” Clinton took the stage Sunday night for his first public appearance since returning from last week’s “Summit of the Peacemakers” in Egypt.

“The Jewish people have overcome every one of their would – be destroyers, denying them their goal, and in doing so reaffirming that what is good in human nature can prevail,” Clinton said.

With this in mind, Clinton pledged to work with Israel in its war against terror.

As a follow-up to the Egypt summit, Secretary of State Warren Christopher will host a meeting of foreign ministers on March 28 in Washington to plan ways to combat international terrorism.

“No one seriously believes anymore it is fair to ask Israel to give up its security until the peace is made,” Clinton said.

The UJA’s Young Leadership Conference, a gathering of activists younger than 40, met here this week for a three-day conference that includes lobbying visits to Capitol Hill and some fund raising by local communities represented at the gathering.

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