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and vitality of the Jewish life every-
where," said Matza, who is a former
Israel Knesset member and deputy
mayor of Jerusalem, where his family
has lived for 13 generations.
According to Matza, Israel Bonds
sold $1.38 billion in
bonds last year, and is
on target to surpass
that total this year.
The Jewish communi-
ty purchases about 60-
65 percent of bonds
sold in the U.S., with
the remainder bought
by financial institu-
tions and labor unions.
In Detroit, individuals purchase 85
percent of those sold. In honor of the
Rosenthals, purchases of $1 million
each in bonds were made by Bank
One, the Shaarey Zedek Endowment
and an anonymous couple; $500,000
vas purchased by Huntington
National Bank; Comerica Bank also
was buying bonds. All have purchased
them in the past. It was also
announced that the State of Michigan
would be making "a very significant
purchase" that would be announced in
the next two weeks.
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Ambassador Gold, Israel's permanent
representative to the United Nations
from 1997-1999, and a close advisor
to Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and
Benjamin Netanyahu, said that his
mother was born in Detroit in 1921.
Visiting Detroit "is like coming to a
hometown," he told the audience
before remarks focusing on the ongo-
ing political struggle for the State of
Gold recalled the "moment of great
hope" that the signing of the Oslo
Accords on the White House lawn 10
years earlier had brought to people.
But he noted that just three months
and one day later, the Palestinian dele-
gation to the U.N. introduced "a
whole series of 24 resolutions con-
demning Israel in the General
"It was then that I began to under-
stand the nature of the struggle," Gold
said. "It's not just a military struggle,
but a struggle to delegitimize the very
existence of Israel."
Gold reminded his audience of their
role in this struggle. "This issue is not
just for Israel to deal with. It has
spilled over into anti-Semitism, espe-
cially in Western Europe. We haven't
been well equipped to handle this
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