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Labor Zionist Leader Warns U.S. Against Pressuring Israel

June 23, 1975
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A warning that the U.S. cannot hope for the friendly relationship it seeks with Israel if it appears to dictate terms to Israel was voiced here yesterday by Dr. Judah J, Shapiro, president of the Labor Zionist Alliance, Dr, Shapiro, addressing the LZA executive committee meeting, said that the U.S, has traditionally wanted a relationship with Israel based on mutually agreed positions.

“But when the U.S. moves to impose conditions, as there are indications that it is doing, the relationship is altered. The constant references to overcoming stagnation in the Middle East negotiations refer to the expectation of further concessions from Israel,” Dr. Shapiro told more than 100 Labor Zionist leaders from the U.S. and Canada. He also referred to Premier Yitzhak Rabin’s comment that the U.S. is a large democracy while Israel is only a small one and that the two nations must act like partners rather than to have the big power dominate the little one.

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