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b“1.aThe Jewish people is a unique and chosen one with a bspecial Jewish heritage and tradition that calls for separate bcultural existence and division from the assimilated non- bJewish world.

b“2.aIn all issues a Jewish leader must always think in terms bof: Is it good for the Jews? What is the Jewish interest here?

b“3.aThe Jewish leader must understand that the Jew has bnever been liked, never will be liked, and has no permanent bnon-Jewish allies. That Jewish interests call for an under- bstanding that only Jews will permanently aid other Jews.

b“4.aThat a powerful Jewish bloc must be formed wherein bJewish political and economic power be thrown behind is- bsues and political candidates on the basis of their stand bvis-à-vis the Jewish interest.

b“5.aThat candidates must be told clearly that the Jewish brole is given or withheld on the basis of their pledge and bconduct on issues we consider vital.

b“6.aThat Jewish candidates be told that we expect them, bno less than Blacks, to consider themselves representatives bof Jewish interests first.”

bOur insistence that Jews begin to stop being liberals did bnot mean that we wanted them to start being conservatives. bWe simply wanted them to start being Jews and to weigh beach issue and every candidate on the scales of Jewish in- bterest. If in the particular context of the issues of our times bwe saw liberalism as being destructive of Jewish interests, we bopposed it. This, and not conservatism, turned us against bLindsay in 1969. The irony is that we led a strong and bsuccessful battle that saw him lose the Republican nomina- btion to John Marchi, a Staten Island Conservative who was a bman of honesty and intellect but, unfortunately, lacking in bcolor and charisma and saddled with a conservative label bthat was used to smear him. It was precisely our success in bhelping Lindsay lose the Republican nomination that even- btually gave him the victory in the election. Lindsay’s loss in bthe Republican primary led him to run as an Independent band, facing Marchi and the Democratic nominee Mario bProcaccino (a decent sort but one who lost votes every time bhe opened his mouth on television), he won with far less b 

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