The Diaspora's Discontent

U.S. Jews are leaning on Shamir to bend his rigid policies

As darkness fell over Jerusalem's Old City last Wednesday, Orthodox Jews recited evening prayers at the Western Wall, the remains of King Herod's great temple and the symbol of the fall of Israel two millenniums ago. Armed border police stood guard against terrorists while 1,500 leaders of the Diaspora, more than half of them Americans, assembled for a "Conference on Jewish Solidarity with Israel." Mordechai Gur, commander of the troops that wrested the Old City from Jordan in 1967, read a closing proclamation: "We support the democratically elected government of national unity in its efforts to achieve peace and security with...

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