Vice President-Designate Nelson Rockefeller—Friend of Israel
By JOSEPH POLAKOFF
WASHINGTON (JTA)—Former New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, nominated Tuesday by President Ford to be Vice President, is
considered a friend of the Jewish people and has long held firm commitments for the security and survival of Israel.
At' a White House press conference following his nomination, Rockefeller did not discuss international matters except to say that he looked
forward to efforts "to face the tough realities in our country and in the world."
Rockefeller did not respond to a question as to whether he had discussed his nomination with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, widely
considered to be a political protege of the 66-year-old former governor. Kissinger was for a long time adviser on foreign affairs to Rockefeller
and since Ford's first act on becoming President was to announce that Kissinger would remain as secretary of state it is assumed that Ford and
Rockefeller are in full agreement on U.S. foreign policy.
This would mean that Rockefeller is expected to support fully the administration's policy in negotiating a peace settlement in the Middle
East on the lines currently being pursued by Kissinger and Ford.
However, Rockefeller pointed out to newsmen that his role as Vice President depends entirely on the President.
For the 15 years he was governor of New York prior to his resignation last December, Rockefeller received a great deal of support in his
election bids from the Jewish comfnunity. He was a strong supporter of Jewish causes in New York and throughout the nation and a firm defender
of - Israel.
He was a longtime supporter of the United Jewish Appeal campaign in New York and was founder and first chairman of the Non-Sectarian
Community Committee for UJA in 1946-47. He assumed chairmanship of the committee again in 1958. He said of the committee's work at one time
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U. S.MidOcisst , Policies, Disputed;
Disengagement Talks Rejetted
Rabbi Miller Upset With Developments
NEW YORK (JTA)—Rabbi Israel Miller, chairman of the Conference
of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, indicated Tuesday
his dissatisfaction with- recent developnients in United States Mideast policy.
Rabbi Miller said he has feelings of "malaise" and "uneasiness" over
U.S. policy in the Mideast, especially on the way it has been developing
since the beginning of this month.
He cited the use of the term "disengagement" in President Ford's and
King Hussein's communique Sunday which promised early action toward
an agreement between Israel and Jordan. It was the wrong word to use,
Rabbi Miller said. He expressed uneasiness over the manner in which
Hussein and Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi were received in
Washington. There were indications that the U.S. is being "too friendly"
to the Arabs, Rabbi Miller said, stating that
American statements after the meeting with the
two Arab leaders "are going beyond good
Rabbi Miller said, however, that he "takes
Kissinger at his word" and believes that the
U.S. won't decide on further steps in the Mid-
east until talking with all representatives from
the area. But Rabbi Miller did not exclude a
situation in the near future in which his organ-
ization would have to undertake a campaign
against U.S. policy in the Mideast.
Rabbi Miller pointed out that recent events
in rlyprus have shown "the impotence of the
:aid the fact that "the U.S. is not omni-
Rabbi Israel Miller
Cleric Weapon Smuggler
Has Arab Defenders,
Greek Orthodox Archbishop Hillarion Ca-
pucci was caught redhanded with lots of
ammunition and explosives intended to be
smuggled from Lebanon to terrorists operating
against Israel, yet he has support from Yassir
Arafat in behalf of the Arabs, from fellow
churchmen and from some who now are build-
ing up a case of religious prejudice against
Israel. The Vatican is embarrassed but in the
eyes of Israel's enemies he has emerged as
ROME (JTA) — Vatican circles are visibly
"embarrassed" by the arrest of Greek Catholic
Archbishop Hillarion Capucci accused by Is-
raeli police of having helped the Fatah ter-
rorist organizations. The archbishop was ar-
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Rabin Calls Arab Peace Unacceptable
Premier Yitzhak Rabin made clear Monday
night his motto for next month's visit to the U.S.: "There will be . no more
disengagement agreements," he told some 2,000 youths at a meeting in
Zemah, on the Lake of Tiberias.
"Finished," Rabin said in reaction to the joint American-Jordanian
communique published earlier this week at the end of the visit of Jordan's
King Hussein to the U.S., "The disengagement agreements between Israel,
Egypt and Syria have been signed, and there are no more disengagement
agreements. The next stage is progress toward significant peace agreements."
Rabin did not rule out the possibility of war. "If we have to go to war,
one should know that we do so only because our peaceful intentions were
not met by our neighbors." He said the peace Arab leaders talk about in
their visits overseas is not the same kind of peace Israel is willing to accept.
The youth, members of 17 Nahal (military
units. which spend part of their service in agri-
cultural settlements) groups ("Gar'Inim"), re-
ceived Rabin with cheers, calling him "Jinji",
a nickname from the times he served in the
Rabin's Zemah speech was interpreted here
as a clear message to the U.S. that Israel was
determined not to join American and Jordanian
intentions for disengagement talks between
Israel and Jordan prior to an overall settlement
or continued negotiations with Egypt and Syria.
Israel did announce in the past that she was
ready for a partial settlement with Jordan, but
this did not mean, it is stressed here, that she
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Premier Yitzhak Rabin
Amnesty International, Andre Sakharov,British Leaders
Appeal for Commutation of Spetter's Death Sentence
LONDON (JTA)—In an official statement Amnesty International expressed its `shock," at the confirmation of Dr. Heinrich
Spetter's death sentence and disclosed that the organization's secretary general, Martin Ennals, had appealed in a cable to
Todor Zhivkov, Bulgaria's head of state, to commute the sentence. Amnesty stressed that "the Bulgarian authorities had not
released a single piece of evidence to justify the charge of espionage against Dr. Spetter," adding that "we believe the charge
of spying is groundless."
The statement further noted the approaching 30th anniversary of the "Day of Freedom" which is an occasion when
amnesties are usually announced in Bulgaria, and suggested that appeals for clemency to the Bulgarian authorities should "ex-
press the hope that such a great national festival should not be marred by a confirmation of the death sentence on an innocent
man." Bulgaria's "Day of Freedom" will be celebrated Sept. 9.
A protest wave has been gathering momentum here against the Bulgarian. Supreme Court's decision to confirm Dr. Spetter's
death sentence. Several British organizations and individuals have already appealed to Zhivkov to exercise clemency. Others
were expected to follow suit shortly.
Ian Mikardo, MP, parliamentary chairman of the Labor Party, who has special connections with Bulgaria, sent an
appeal to Zhivkov. At the same time, a group of British economists were meeting in London to consider joint action. British
economists have already supported an appeal for clemency by several American colleagues, including Nobel Prize winners
Paul Samuelson and Simon Kuznets.
Aware of the mounting indignation, Bulgaria's official news agency has issued a statement denying that the Supreme Court
had already reached its decision on Dr. Spetter's appeal. The statement was monitored here by Radio Free Europe but
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