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Mideast and Israel / United States Policy and Jewish Lobby #249969

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 19, 1977
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(Studio) United States interest in Mideast peace negotiations because of desire for world peace and cntry.'s special interest in fate of Israel noted. Report on actual influence so-called Jewish lobby has on United States policy.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Details given of Jewish lobbying efforts in US, but it's noted that there is no one official head of these activities. Some orgs. mentioned include United Jewish Appeal, American Jewish Congress, B'nai B'rith, Hadassah and American Jewish Committee; one organization registered as official lobbyist in DC is American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Films shown noted as being made some years ago and that cameras not allowed in offices this year; bombing of home of AIPAC director Morris Amitay this summer noted. Reception at Israeli embassy for Prime Min. Begin over past wkend. mentioned. Confusion of some government leaders with regard to many lobbying activities by Jewish orgs. reported [Senator Dan. P. MOYNIHAN - cites as example abortive efforts of former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles to simplify requirements for meeting with representatives from all Jewish orgs. in US.] Common goal of all American Jews in seeing that Israel survives noted; also cited is fact that only recently were 6 million Jews exterminated by Nazis. Explanation of these feelings given by Washington, DC attorney and political adviser to Senator Hubert Humphrey, Max Kampleman. [KAMPLEMAN - describes feelings of Jews with regard to Israel, because it is haven for those who escaped concentration camps of Europe.] Jewish fund-raising activities and lobbying for United States aid to Israel detailed. Films shown. Ex. of fund-raising during one week, after beginning of Yom Kippur war. View of some that there is collective reaction when danger threatens using example of reaction to joint US-USSR statement on Mideast this fall. [Rabbi Alexander SCHINDLER - notes number of telegrams received by White House immediately after statement issued. Says

Cronkite, Walter

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