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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-09-23

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British Jews Delighted Over Callaghan Invitation to Begin

Rosh Hashana carries the
message of hope that it is
possible for human beings
to improve their natures, to
rise above the petty things
of material existence.

LONDON (JTA) —There
has been a warm reaction in
Jewish circles to the news
that Premier Menahem

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Begin of Israel has been
invited to Britain by British
Premier James Callaghan.
han. The invitation was sub-
mitted to Begin Aug. 31 in
Jerusalem by British
Ambassador John Mason.
Lord Fisher of Camden.
president of the Board of
Deputies of British Jews,
Jews, said it was "excel-
lent" that the invitation had
been extended by
Callaghan.
"I have not the slightest
doubt that the two men will
get on extremely well and
that their meeting will lead
to a long. friendly and pro-
ductive association. in the
course of which much of the
misunderstandings which
arise from time to time will
surely disappear." he said.
The Israeli Premier could
be assured of "the most cor-
dial and friendly welcome
from the Jewish community
in which the Board of Depu-
ties will play its part," he
added.
Similar feelings were
expressed by Sidney Ship-
ton, general secretary of the
Zionist Federation (ZF),
who regretted, however,
that Britain had trailed
behind the United States,
Romania and France in ex-
tending an invitation to
Begin.
Although no date has yet
been announced for the
visit, communal leaders are

interested in the uncon-
firmed report that it may be
at the end of October since
it would coincide with a°
flurry of pro-Zionist
activity.

Callaghan will himself
address the Board of Depu-
ties on Oct. 23 to mark the
60th anniversary of the Bal-
four Declaration. The ZF
will mark the same event on

Nov. 2.
2. the actual anniver-
sary, with a dinner to be
addressed by other leaders
of the main British political
parties. It is also hoped to
have a leading Israeli at the
dinner, but no decision has
yet been made.
The following week, Abba
Eban, the former Israeli
Foreign Minister, will be
the guest speaker at the
ZF's biennial conference.

Begin Will Address Christian
Peace Congress in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM—Israel
Prime Minister Menahem
Begin will address the Inter-
national Congress for the
Peace of Jerusalem at the
end of January.
According to the confer-
ence organizers, Begin's fre-
quent biblical pro-
nouncements and his ex-
pressed faith in the prophet-
ic utterances of the hebrew
prophets will make an atten-
tive audience of the 1,000 or
more evangelicals from the
United States and the entire
Western world who will as-
semble in the Embassy Au-
ditorium of the Diplomat
Hotel in Jerusalem for a
mass expression of deep
Christian concern for Is-
rael's right to exist under a
just and durable peace.
Delegates will travel en-
masse to the nearby hills of
Judea to participate in a
tree-planting service, and
to Masada for a stirring cer-
emony.
It is/ anticipated that very
positive projects will stem
from the Peace Congress,
projects which will be a con-

tinuing fulfillment of
delegates' feelings of bib...-
al ties with the Jewish
people restored in the Land
of Promise. Resolutions are
expected to be adopted at
the close of the Peace Con-
gress which will urge the
Christian world to rally sup-
port for the cause of Israel.
Christian speakers will in-
clude Dr. Arnold T. Olson,
of Minneapolis. past presi-
dent of the National Associ-
ation of Evangelicals, and
Rev. Chuck Smith. a
staunch friend of Israel and
pastor of Calvary Chapel.
in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Tours are being arranged
to include the Congress.
Those who are interested in
attending or supporting the
Congress, and, specifically,
pastors who would like to
organize delegations, should
contact either Dr. Israel
Carmona. chairman. steer-
ing committee, P.O. Box
873, La Mirada, Calif. 90637,
or Casimir Lanowick, na-
tional coordinator, P. 0.
Box 400. Paradise, Calif.
95969.

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JERUSALEM (JTA)—In
a Rosh Hashana message to
world Jewry, World Zionist
Organization Executive
chairman Yosef Almogi
called for aliya as "the best
and most fruitful way to
exercise influence" on the
ongoing development of
Israeli society.
"Nobody would claim that
Israel is free from defect,"
Almogi wrote. But "Zionists
can and should exert an
influence on the shape of an
Israeli society—press for
the elimination of abuses,
strive towards the full
achievement of social jus-
tice and the embodiment of
fundamental Jewish values
in that society.
"The best and most fruit-
ful way to exercise that
influence is through a large-
scale voluntary aliya from
the free world. That respon-
sibility must not be evaded
by the Zionist movement."
Reviewing prospects for
the year ahead, Almogi
stated: "In view of the
financial power and politi-
cal influence of the Arab
world, Israel more than
ever depends upon both the
financial and moral support
of world Jewry, not only to
ensure Israel's security and

continued development, but
to foster an understanding
of the true objectives of
Zionism and to prevent the
erosion of general public
sympathy for the Jewish
state throughout the enlight-
ened world.
"Second only to the prob-
lem of Israel's security—
and ultimately having asig-
nificant bearing upon it —is
the problem of assimilation
in the free world. The Zion-
ist movement will have
failed in one of its primary
responsibilities if it cannot
stimulate Jewish commu-
nities everywhere to pro-
vide a really adequate Jew-
ish education for their
youth."

Dutch Oppose
PLO Role at UN

AMSTERDAM(JTA)-
The Netherlands govern-
ment is opposed to the
Palestine Liberation Organ-
ization receiving full official
status at the United Nations
and to permitting PLO rep-
resentatives to address the
General Assembly. it was
stated by Foreign Affairs
Undersecretary Pieter
Kooymans.

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