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November 5, 1976
Israeli, U.S. Jewry Spokesmen
View Carter Policy Reaffirming
Friendship and Justice for Israel
By JOSEPH POLAKOFF
WASHINGTON (JTA)— With Israel's security assured by both major Presidential candidates
and the platforms of both parties, Jews were considered by observers here to have generally voted
like most other Americans — on the basis of economic circumstances, social outlook, and the
qualifications and personalities of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.
Hyman Bookbinder, Washington representative of the American Jewish Committee, noted
that the Ford and Carter commitments and pledges "neutralized Israel as an issue" and said
"relatively few" Jews voted on who they believed was more favorable to Israel.
"Israel was not a major issue" said David Brody, director of the Anti-Defamation League's
Washington office. "Both candidates are committed to Israel."
Men and women prominent in Jewish communal organizations were in both the Ford and
Carter camps in large numbers and lent their names, energy and funds to their favored candidate.
Both candida,tes also received high- marks from Israelis as essentially friendly to the Jewish state.
Regarding Soviet Jewry, Carter appeared more aggressive in his statements to bring about a
greater flow of emigration but that subject, in isolation, was not regarded as a major factor in the
vote getting. Thus Jews faced the entire panoply of issues when they went into the voting booths.
Traditionally liberal and supportive ardently of trade unionism, Jews in metropolitan areas
considered the problems of unemployment, urban blight,
racism, public education, poverty, health care and per-
sonal social security. But a sizeable fraction saw inflation
as a principal scourge and favored conservative methods
to combat rising costs, crime, increasing taxation, and_ a
Like many other Americans, Jews considered whether
NEW YORK — The executive com-
trust was better vested in incumbents they knew or in new-
mittee of the National Council of
comers yet to be tested. Jewish observers thought more edu-
Churches last Saturday "proposed
cated Jews favored Carter than the trend which saw the
that the Orthodox Church in America
request its episcopal commission con-
majority of college graduates backing Ford. Many elderly
sider asking Archbishop Valerian
Jews in crime-infested areas and the Orthodox who see their
Trifa to refrain from executing his
schools pinched for funds tended towards Ford, too.
duties as a governing board member
Small retailers in blighted urban areas hoped for a
until church and civil proceedings are
liberal victory as a step 'toward revitalizing their
neighborhoods and thereby restoring their establish-
I Observers say the action against
ments. In suburbs and smaller communities, however, the
the prelate, because of his ties with
same classes of businessmen tended towards conservatism
the fascist Romanian Iron Guard in
as best for their interests.
World War II and allegations that he
In summary, therefore, Jewish observers felt that
led a pogrom against Jews ill.
Jewish voters acted as citizens like all other Americans
Bucharest in 1941, will have little
interested in the welfare of their family, community and
Trifa's church is reported to be sol-
country and voted in accordance with those interests.
idly behind him and only the church
Israeli opposition leader Menahem Begin challenged
can remove him as its representative
President-Elect Carter on Wednesday to keep his promises
on the NCC governing board.
James Earl Carter Jr. is the choice of the Ameri-
can people for the Chief Executive of this nation.
"Vox populi, vox Dei" — "The voice of the people is
the voice of God" remains a powerful admonition to the
electorate for acceptance of an irreversible verdict. In
its spirit, the nation continues to strive for peace and
for justice in amity and good sportsmanship that is so
basic to the American idea of fair play in the majority
The American electorate has spoken.
Whatever bitterness is injected in a political cam-
paign vanishes with the verdict of Judge and Jury
symbolized by the American Voter.
Now the nation gets down again to the business of
raising the standards of living of the less fortunate in
our midst, of protecting the aged and providing for the
handicapped and retarded, of assuring the highest
goals for those aspiring to higher education.
Now we get down to the business of creating good
will among the nations and of retaining a role of lead-
ership for the American people.
While seeking peace and amity for the entire world,
we continue our role as both peacemaker and as protec-
tor of this great nation by assuring proper and sufficient
military strength for the United States for the purpose
of retaining lives and liberties and thereby protecting
the dignity of America and Americans.
The objectives for the four years ahead are clear
and unshakable. We commence these years with con-
fidence that the man chosen to lead this nation will not
falter and will not abandon the high American princi-
For the attainment of that purpose we salute the
next President, who has our blessings for years of
dignity, courage and faith in the attainment of the
high goals to which all Americans - aspire.
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Zionist Elections Ordered;
May Delay World Sessions
The Red Line
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Zionist Executive will follow the
Zionist Congress Court order to carry out elections "in word and
in spirit," the Executive decided by a wide majority Monday.
Avraham Schenker, head of the Organization and Informa-
tion Department, was asked to submit a timetable to the Execu-
tive for carrying out the membership census and elections, and
the date for the Congress will be determined accordingly. The
final decision as to the convening of the 29th Congress will be
determined by the Zionist General Council. It was also decided
that in countries in which election dates have already been set,
they will be postponed until a final date for the Congress is fixed.
The Executive meeting followed a Zionist Congress Court
which declared "unconstitutional" an amendment abolishing elec-
tions for the Congress.
WZO chairman Yosef Almogi said it was desirable that the
Executive prepare the Congress properly.
Jewish Agency treasurer Arye Dulzin said the court had
saved the honor of the Zionist movement, and its decision should
be regarded as an important turning point in the history of the
movement. He added, "All of us owe thanks to the appeal by
Herut (which was opposed by the American Zionist Federation)
and the stand adopted by the WZO attorney which brought about
this important ruling."
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Syria has
promised the U.S. it would not move
its forces into southern Lebanon, the
newspaper Haaretz reported Wed-
According to Haaretz, this was in
addition to an earlier promise that
Syria would not allow Palestine Lib-
eration Organization terrorists to
enter this part of the country.
The paper said the U.S. had con-
veyed these promises to Israel, adding
its own interpretation that for the
time being Syria was sticking to the
political course, and did not resort to a
military option. According to the
American analysis, the Syrian prom-
ises opened the way for an interim ag-
reement in the Golan Heights, or even
a resumption of the Geneva confer-
ence for an overall settlement.
Political sources in Jerusalem, how-
ever, regard with skepticism talks of