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btalented leaders whom youth would respect and follow. All bwould give of themselves to their people when they bgraduated from the school. Their lives would be dedicated bto redeeming Jewish youth; their goal would be to create a bproud Jewish people living in a proud Jewish State.

bThere was not and there is not another Jewish school such bas this. From it would come forth a Jewish “revolution” on bcampus. Each of these leaders whom we would have put out bcould have reached and touched thousands of young Jews. I bcan think of nothing more important.

bThis was my dream and the thing that I knew could be a bsalvation for young Jews. My idea was to have the school in bIsrael, for the obvious reason that a year in Israel would binspire and instill in the young leader the kind of spirit that bcould be acquired in no other location. I wanted the young bJew to walk on his soil, to travel to the places where his bancestors walked, to the sites where they fought the battles bfor freedom and tradition, to learn the language and mingle bwith the people, to come back, having spent a year in the air, bthe sun, and the dust of the Land of Israel. No amount of bmoney in the world and no other place in the world could bever give the young Jewish leader what a year at home could.

bAs a test of the school, we were able to implement one bcomplete summer program that brought some twenty byoung people to Israel in 1972. Having seen what a poten- btially magnificent thing the school could be, and having bnoted the mistakes that were made, I looked forward to bgoing back to America in October to raise money for the b1973-74 year as well as to begin to screen truly superior bcandidates. Unfortunately, I was arrested that month in bconnection with a plan to establish an antiterrorist group bimmediately after the Munich massacre and my passport bwas taken from me.

bThen, to my dismay, the JDL Executive Board in New bYork showed no inclination to support the project, contend- bing that it had no money for its own day-to-day expenses band that the “American” JDL took precedence. The bshortsightedness of the board’s first argument, which failed bto see that unless top young leadership could be created, the b 

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