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Words of Warning About Evangelist

March 01, 1987

Support for Israel and having "dear friends" are important to Jews regardless of where they live. But the form of government and its leadership are vital for the freedom and security of Jews wherever they do live.

Television evangelist Pat Robertson may "stump for Jewish support" (Times, Feb. 22) and find some willing listeners and a few supporters, but Jews who know their history will shun him and work against (his) campaign for the presidency. . . .

Only in democratic countries where religious freedoms are guaranteed and protected can Jews as individuals or as a group survive. To think otherwise is to delude oneself and place Jews at risk.

The Jewish community's responsibility and obligation is to favor and support candidates and law that adhere to and further those practices and principles that help ensure such freedoms.

HYMAN H. HAVES

Pacific Palisades

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