U.S. Jewish Groups Show Concern Over U.S. Mid East Policies
WASHIN6TON, D.C.—National Commander Bernard 13. Direnfeld of the Jew-
ish War Veterans of the USA disclosed that he had asked Secretary of State William
P. -Rogers to clarify whether the administration has abandoned the Middle Eastern
Policy espoused by President Nixon.
The JWV. leader said his organization was - deeply concerned by the implica-
tions of Secretary Rogers' speech of Dec. 9. This new statement of U.S. policy -
appears to favor a concession by Israel fur unilateral withdrawal without a similar
prior agreement by the Arabs to sign a real peace treaty. It is an apparent departure
from the previous position of the U.S. and a seeming concession to the Arabs and
the Soviet Union."
The American Jewish Committee told Secretary of State William P. Rogers
that his public statement on the Arab-Israel conflict, especially his detailing of specific
• element's of a possible settlement, "points in the direction of an imposed peace and
deludes the Arabs into believing that less than a full peace will be acceptable."
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Does Nixon Shirk Israel Commitment?
Israelis Embittered by New Policies;
Mrs. Meir Reveals 'Injustice Feeling',
Says Proposals Encourage Guerrillas
WASHINGTON — President Nixon has been asked by Rep.
Bertram L. Podell, New York Democrat, to clarify whether he
has abandoned commitments to Israel in light of indications of
pressure by the Nixon administration for unilateral Israeli with-
drawal from occupied areas.
Quoting President Nixon's assurances to Israel, Rep. Podell
said that "The Congress has a right to know whether to regard
Secretary of State Rogers' expressions or your own words as the
Official guideline to our Middle East policy." He referred to
Rogers' address of Dec. 9 in which the secretary voiced a
new Middle Eastern policy.
Rep. Podell said Congressmen "were confused as to whether
the administration is still backing
Israel's insistence on a real
peace as the essential precondition for any rolling back of
Israeli forces from the present firing lines."
The Congressman asserted that "Secretary Rogers has open-
Pandora's box of confusion by giving the Communist bloc
and the Arabs the impression that the United States might press
Israel to withdraw in exchange for some flimsy accord that
Would fall short of an actual peace settlement. The notion is
Spreading that our government is willing to use its great in-
fluence on Israel to accept a withdrawal similar to the 1967 roll-
The Congressman charged that a situation has now de-
Yeloped in which "I, as a member of Congress, do not know
What is going on with reference to our Middle East policy."
JERUSALEM (JTA)—Premier Golda Meir will make a statement to the Knesset Monday
on American policy toward Israel. It is expected to be along the lines of Monday's cabinet
communique which flatly rejected the latest U.S. proposals for a settlement between Israel
and Egypt and Jordan.
Mrs. Meir granted an interview to New York Times correspondent James Feron Monday
following the emergency session of the cabinet devoted to the latest U.S. initiatives in the
Mid East conflict.
Highlights of the interview, broadcast by the Israeli Radio Tuesday ., pictured Mrs. Meir as
bitter over what she regarded as a serious erosion of U.S. support for Israel amounting al-
most to appeasement of the Arabs.
The prime minister's office said Tuesday that the broadcast gave an incorrect impression
that Mrs. Meir had complained that the Nixon administration was consulting Israel less titan
the administration of President Johnson.
"The prime minister made no such comment nor did she draw any comparison whatever
between the administrations," the communique said.
In the New York Times report, Feron made a comment of his own. He said that "Mrs.
Meir spoke of the stream of proposals that has been presented to the Major Powers by Wash-
ington. Under President Johnson,— Israel apparently was consulted beforehand; now it ap-
pears that some (proposals), were submitted as late as 11 weeks after they were presented
to the Big Powers. '
In her interview, Mrs. Meir quoted from successive U.S. formulations on boundaries and
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Campaign Budgeting Indicates Mounting Obligations;
Increased Requests for Education, Appeals. for Day
Schools' Support; Aid Urged for Retarded Children
need for increased services by the Jewish agencies supported by the Allied .rbwish Campaign
Inflationary trends and the
drive, it became apparent at the 21st annual budgeting con-
Will account for vastly increased income from
held at the Jewish Center Sunday morning.
ference of the Jewish Welfare Federation,
mounting interest in the communal needs, including more evident participation of youth in the
A record attendance and
deliberations which were preliminary to the allocation of campaign funds, and to arriving at a
discussions, marked the
While there were no
definite decisions on either score, and there were no indications of the amount of money that will he
apparent from the remarks of the campaign chairman, Maxwell Jospey. that the
needed increasingly in support
Jospey pointed out that from the 1969 campaign income of 510,350.000. $7.000.000
goal this year will be much
compared this sum to the $3,000,000 amount for overseas causes three years ago and ou
Was allocated for overseas needs. Ile received for 1970—marking increases of 24 per cent—he predicted another triumph for
the basis of advanced gifts already
participation in community affairs and said that, in an over-all communal
in welcoming youth
the coming drive. He joined challenge
energy and greater
striving, ::We will meet the
marked by emphasis on the need to give priority to educational needs and there was an
Sunday's conference was
in behalf of the day schools for which a number of appeals were made by the participants.
especially evident growing sentiment
was a moving plea for efforts to provide for needs of retarded children.
An innovacation at the conference
deliberations, William Avrunin, executive vice president of the Federation, pointed out
allocations made in the presentations by heads of the various divisions showed appeals for additional
Support in the following
categories: Community relations, health and welfare, education and central services, from the 1 969
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U.S. Is Accessed
Libya for Abuses
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WASHINGTON — A huge Christmas
present in the form of U.S. airbase facili-
ties of great military value is being given
to the leftist Arab regime of Libya. The
giveaway was quietly arranged by the
State Department shortly before Christmas.
It involves the - Wheelus Airhase complex.
By next Christmas the American-built Tun-
ways and hangars may accommodate Soviet
TU-16 bombers and MIG jets flying survel-
lance over the nearby American Sixth
Wheelus cost the American taxpayers
hundreds of millions of dollars. It is the
most advanced training base outside the
United States. The scored target ranges
were important to NATO. The latest elec-
tronic and radar facilities were installed
over the years. Its strategic and strike
capacities were unmatched in the Mediter-
lease had two more years to
run. It would have been an -important two
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