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the New York Times, produced quite a furore.

A couple of days later I get a letter from David Rockefeller in which he says that he has my letter and he wanted me to know that he was for peace. He didn't respond to my question, but he was for peace. So I wrote back saying, “Of course you're for peace. Everybody's for peace. I assume by your not having responded to my question, that in fact the conversation took place, and I shall now pursue this matter, as others will, I'm certain.”

Well, maybe ten days later there's a call, and it is from a guy who identifies himself as Rabbi Klapperman, who was then the president of the New York Board of Rabbis. He says he's from Long Island; he has just been to a meeting with David Rockefeller called by Jewish organizations, and that after that meeting, Rockefeller had told them about oil and the need to change the policy, and he said, “What do we know?” But in the course of this conversation, Rockefeller had said that he had tried to get in touch with Congressman Koch, who had expressed an interest in the matter and had not been able to do that, to locate me. So I said, “Well, Rabbi, that's rather strange since there's someone here at the office every day from 9 until 6, and we've gotten no calls.”

So he said, “Well, he gave me his private number. Would you mind calling him?” He'd like to see you.” I said, “Fine.”

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