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IV, Io. 47 JULY 11, 1980 27 TAMMUZ 5740 ORLANDO 2ml lmz pata d-x r-.rn Park, - with adgllqkmal  Ill 0rllmllo. FL hnd Ilddg'ol hangae tO P,O: k 742, Fern PzrI(,,R 32730 Ioulpllom Io Fledahn mdd0"uNo: ;" W.',,W . .-.-.,.,,, SINGLE COPY 350 Journey to Land Of Milk and Honey .. and Dance 'MORE THAN 300 youngsters took a journey to the land of milk and honey last week when Camp JCC held its 'Tour of Israel' program. Each area of Israel was represented by song, dance interpretation and displays. Lubavitch 'Mitzvah Tank' To Roll into Orlando 'Mltzuah Tank' The Lubavitch "Mitzvah Tank" will be invading Orlando next we as part of its annual summertime blitzto spread Jewish identity and unity among the area residents. Primarily their target will be young people, Jewish youth, as they spend four days here visiting the day camps and synagogues and other places Jewish people get together. Led by two students from Miami's Chabad House, the "Mitzvah Tank" is due in Orlando sometime this Monday or Tuesday and is scheduled to be here four days. They expect to be at the JCC Day Camp, Temple Israel, Congr. Ohev Shalom and Congr. of Liberal Judaism. Michael Gurkov and Isaac Weiss of Yeshiva Gedolah of Miami will bring with them Jewish literature in both English and Hebrew, mezuzahs, t'fiUin and other religious articles. Their motor home -- completely equipped with a kosher kitchen -- is both the home and office for the two students who are traveling the length and breadth of Florida from Key West to Pensacola during the month of July. They expect to visit both Daytona Beach and Satellite Beach in about two weeks as they make their way back to Miami. Rabbi Abraham Koff of the Miami Chabad House said the purpose of the "Mitzvah Tank" visit is to "keep members of the Florida Jewish community, not only in touch with traditional Judaism, but with what is happening with Jews the world over and to maintain their contact with the Jewish mainstream.'" The "Mitzvah Tank" will visit more than 20 cities in Florida during their summer mission, including some 15 federal and state prisons where they will bring their message to a reported 125 incarcerated Jewish prisoners. It is the 38th annual Jewish awareness program of the Chabad House. c Richard Stone -- 'Credentials are Impeccable' with 'Israel's Best Friend in U.S.' by Wolf Blitzer HERITAGE Washington Correspondent internationally renowned reporter and of American Jewish happenings in our nation's capital, regular contributor to HERITAGE with this incisive look Richard Stone. -- Israel has no better friend in the U.S. than Senator Richard Stone (D. Fla.). As of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the East, he has repeatedly come to Israel's defense entering the Senate five and one-half years ago. has been most helpful in making certain that U.S. and military assistance to Israel is passed cuts. At times, he has successfully introduced improving the terms of U.S. loans to Israel. )ugh a Democrat, Stone has not hesitated from Pres. Jimmy Carter and his Administration for Positions toward Israel and the Middle East which senator considered unwise. On other he has praised Carter. when it comes to Israel, his credentials are impeccable. His support stems from his firm conviction that Israel represents "the strongest strategic asset to American policy in the Middle East." This was made clear during a wide-ranging, one-hour interview with me in his Senate office. Stone, one of seven Jews in the Senate, said Israel is "the one tough nut" which the Soviet Union is trying to crack. "Israel stands between Soviet domination of the Middle East and no domination," he said. "If it weren't for Israel, the Soviets would be all over that region right now -- not just in South Yemen." But Stone, like so many other supporters of Israel in the Congress and the American Jewish community, is concerned about Israel's policy of establishing more settlements on the West Bank. Stone wants the Israeli government to impose an immediate and total settlements moratorium. Asked whether the Begin government has any support in the Senate for its settlement policy, he replied candidly and quickly, "No, it doesn't." "1 support a military settlement concept and I Support the right of people of the Jewish faith to settle and buy private property anywhere in the Middle East, not just in the administered territories," he continued. "But that's a far cry from taking a Gush Emumim settlements position. I oppose the Gush Emumim settlements policy as being very counterproductive to the chance to make a safe and just peace for Israel," he added. Asked about a better settlements policy, he expressed hope that Israel would "announce a moratorium on any additional settlements, and that a review of all settlements will be conducted on the basis of both social acceptability over the long run and military necessity over the medium and short run." The Senator was clearly and carefully selecting his words as he repeatedly glanced at his respected staff aide on the Subcommittee, Barry Schochet. Both he and Schochet recognized the sensitivity of the subject. But Stone apparently wants the Israeli government to understand the reality of the situation in Washington. He said that Israel's stock falls in the United States every time new settlements are announced. That's a statement of (Continued on Page 7) Reminder: No Heritage July 25 Deadline/or July 18 issue is Fri., July 11 Wolf Biitzer's CAPITAL COMMENTARY begins this week