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Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014 Message Text LIMITED OFFICIAL USE PAGE 01 TEL AV 06695...

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Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014

Message Text LIMITED OFFICIAL USE PAGE 01 TEL AV 06695 241434Z ACTION NEA-11 INFO OCT-01 EUR-12 IO-13 ISO-00 HA-05 CIAE-00 INR-10 NSAE-00 CA-01 /053 W ------------------101242 250130Z /66 R 241405Z MAY 78 FM AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3306 INFO AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST AMEMBASSY VIENNA AMEMBASSY MOSCOW AMCONSUL JERUSALEM USMISSION USUN NEW YORK

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE TEL AVIV 6695 E.O.11652: N/A TAGS: PGOV, IS, RO SUBJ: ROMANIAN CHIEF RABBI SPEAKS ON JEWISH EMIGRATION 1. THE JERUSALEM POST ON MAY 22 CARRIED A STORY BY STAFF WRITER SARAH HONIG ON A SPEECH MADE BY DR. MOSHE ROSEN, THE CHIEF RABBI OF ROMANIA, SHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE FROM ISRAEL. 2. ACCORDING TO HONIG, ROSEN, IN HIS REMARKS, DENIED THE EXISTENCE OF A DELIBERATE POLICY ON THE PART OF THE ROMANIAN GOVERNMENT TO CURTAIL THE EMIGRATION OF ROMANIAN JEWS. ROSEN IS QUOTED AS SAYING "THERE IS NO TRUTH AT ALL TO THESE REPORTS. JEWS CONTINUE TO EMIGRATE TO ISRAEL AND SOME IN FACT CAME HERE ON THE SAME PLANE WHICH BROUGHT ME TO LOD. THERE ARE ONLY A FEW REFUSALS TO ALIYA PERMITS. THESE AMOUNT TO NO MORE THAN 50 CASES ...AND ARE CHIEFLY FOR SECURITY REASONS. THE ALIYA FROM ROMANIA IS HARDLY OVER...SUCH REPORTS (OF A NEGATIVE ROMANIAN POLICY) ARE DANGEROUS. THEY COULD RESULT IN LIMITED OFFICIAL USE LIMITED OFFICIAL USE PAGE 02

TEL AV 06695 241434Z

DISASTER FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY...AS MANY AS 1,000 ELDERLY JEWS DEPEND ON ASSISTANCE FROM SUCH ORGANIZATIONS AS THE JOINT DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE AND INVOLVING THEM IN THE SPREADING OF SUCH INFORMATION IS IMMORAL." 3. ROSEN CLAIMED THERE IS NO DROP-OUT AMONG ROMANIAN JEWS WHO ARE FLOWN DIRECTLY FROM BUCHAREST TO ISRAEL,

Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014

Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014 RATHER THAN THROUGH VIENNA, AND ADDED THAT "THERE IS A CHANCE TO SOLVE THIS (DROP-OUT) PROBLEM AS IT AFFECTS SOVIET ALIYA, EITHER BY ESTABLISHING DIRECT AIR CONTACT WITH MOSCOW OR BY MAKING BUCHAREST THE CONGREGATION SITE FOR OLIM FROM THE SOVIET UNION INSTEAD OF VIENNA." 4. COMMENT: ISRAELIS RECOGNIZE, AS WILL VETERAN ROSEN WATCHERS, THAT THE RABBI MUST SING THE SONG OF HIS MASTERS WHEN HE IS OUTSIDE ROMANIA. THE GOI ACCEPTS THIS, NOT LEAST BECAUSE IT IS MORE THAN SATISFIED WITH THE CURRENT STATUS OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. THE BEGIN GOVERNMENT HAS CLEARLY CONCLUDED, AS DID ITS RECENT PREDECESSORS, THAT THE POLITICAL ADVANTAGES OF A PRESENCE IN BUCHAREST WHEN THE REST OF THE EAST IS OFF-LIMITS AND THE ASSET OF ROMANIA AS A GO-BETWEEN WITH THE ARABS REQUIRE THAT ISRAEL NOT ALLOW JEWISH EMIGRATION TO BECOME AN ISSUE OF BILATERAL CONTENTION. WE ARE DOUBTFUL THAT ANY CHANGE IN THIS POLICY WILL OCCUR SO LONG AS THE U.S. CONTINUES TO CARRY THE MAIN BURDEN OF PRESSURE ON THE GOR TO LIBERALIZE ITS EMIGRATION PROCEDURES. LEWIS

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Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014

Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014

Message Attributes Automatic Decaptioning: Z Capture Date: 01 jan 1994 Channel Indicators: n/a Current Classification: UNCLASSIFIED Concepts: JEWS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS, EMIGRANTS Control Number: n/a Copy: SINGLE Draft Date: 24 may 1978 Decaption Date: 20 Mar 2014 Decaption Note: 25 YEAR REVIEW Disposition Action: RELEASED Disposition Approved on Date: Disposition Case Number: n/a Disposition Comment: 25 YEAR REVIEW Disposition Date: 20 Mar 2014 Disposition Event: Disposition History: n/a Disposition Reason: Disposition Remarks: Document Number: 1978TELAV06695 Document Source: CORE Document Unique ID: 00 Drafter: n/a Enclosure: n/a Executive Order: N/A Errors: N/A Expiration: Film Number: D780220-0144 Format: TEL From: TEL AVIV Handling Restrictions: Image Path: ISecure: 1 Legacy Key: link1978/newtext/t19780522/aaaaasjg.tel Line Count: 83 Litigation Code IDs: Litigation Codes: Litigation History: Locator: TEXT ON-LINE, ON MICROFILM Message ID: d6064597-c288-dd11-92da-001cc4696bcc Office: ACTION NEA Original Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE Original Handling Restrictions: ONLY Original Previous Classification: n/a Original Previous Handling Restrictions: n/a Page Count: 2 Previous Channel Indicators: n/a Previous Classification: LIMITED OFFICIAL USE Previous Handling Restrictions: ONLY Reference: n/a Retention: 0 Review Action: RELEASED, APPROVED Review Content Flags: Review Date: 05 may 2005 Review Event: Review Exemptions: n/a Review Media Identifier: Review Release Date: N/A Review Release Event: n/a Review Transfer Date: Review Withdrawn Fields: n/a SAS ID: 2581007 Secure: OPEN Status: NATIVE Subject: ROMANIAN CHIEF RABBI SPEAKS ON JEWISH EMIGRATION TAGS: PGOV, IS, RO, (ROSEN, MOSHE) To: STATE Type: TE vdkvgwkey: odbc://SAS/SAS.dbo.SAS_Docs/d6064597-c288-dd11-92da-001cc4696bcc Review Markings: Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014 Markings: Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014

Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014

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