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Humphrey; Cultural, Scientific Talks Between Israel, Egypt Can Lead to a True Peace in the Middle Ea

September 19, 1975
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Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey (D.Minn.) last night urged the American government to take the lead in encouraging Israel and Egypt to work together on a broad range of educational and scientific projects in the Sinai and for the betterment of the Middle East.

“Let Israeli and Egyptian doctors, scientists, archaeologists and farmers begin working together and the time will not be distant when Prime Minister (Yitzhak ) Rabin and President (Anwar) Sadat face each other across the table,” Humphrey declared. He added, until there is such face-to-face negotiations there will not be a true peace in the Middle East.

Humphrey’s remarks were made at the Golden Jubilee Scopus Awards Dinner of the American Friends of the Hebrew University where he received the group’s Judah L. Magnes Award. Dr. Max M. Kampelman, president of the American Friends, announced that the garden at Hebrew University’s Mt. Scopus campus will be named after Humphrey.

Also receiving 1975 Scopus Awards at the dinner which marked Hebrew University’s 50th anniversary were Frank R. Lautenberg, general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, and Isaac Stern, the noted violinist and president of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. The some 600 persons attending the black-tie affair at the Waldorf-Astoria sat under portraits of the first Board of Governors of Hebrew University.


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However, the Minnesota Senator stressed that “Israel’s great strength is not her spectacular victories in battle…it is the emphasis she has placed on human resources.”

Lautenberg stressed that “Israel’s future is dependent upon its quality of life. It exists as a Jewish homeland–and that must always be our first priority.” He said that “closing the educational and cultural gap” is “a priority that holds the key to the quality of life in Israel.” Lautenberg stated that what American Jews are doing by aiding Israel “is not charity–but rather an investment in the quality of life–in Jewish civilization.”

Sam Rothberg, chairman of Hebrew University’s Board of Governors, and chairman of the State of Israel Bond Organization, said that the White House and the State Department are watching closely to see how the American Jewish community responds to Israel’s needs. He said the size of American aid to Israel will be determined by how well American Jews contribute to Israel’s economic betterment.

Avraham Harman, president of Hebrew University, said the 60 years of the Jerusalem university has been one of existence in a society which has not known peace throughout that time. He said the educational accomplishments of the university have been coupled with the willingness of Israelis to defend their country.

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