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May 07, 1971 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-05-07

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10—Friday, May 7, 1971

Rep. Ford Leads Congressional Supporters
of Israel at Public Affairs Conference in DC

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Leaders
of both parties in the House of
Representatives, including Gerald
Ford (Republican) of Michigan,
have strongly urged face-to-face
negotiations between Israel and
Arab countries and deplored any
attempt at an imposed solution in
the Middle East.
They spoke last week to an au-
dience of about 170 congressmen
and 400- delegates attending the
America-Israel Public Affairs Com-
mittee's annual policy conference.
The conference marked Israel's
23rd anniversary and honored Is-
raeli Ambassador Itzhak Rabin,
who received a standing ovation
after he pleaded for "help to bring
us together in dialogue with our
neighbors."
The speeches in support of
Israel by House Speaker Carl
Albert, Democrat of Oklahoma;
Majority Leader Hale Boggs,
Democrat of Louisiana; and
Ford, minority leader, came
while Secretary of State William
P. Rogers was in Ankara, Tur-
key, on his visit to the Middle
East.
Ford, who drew applause on
several occasions, declared that
"Israel, the victim of aggression,
is entitled to reasonable claims for
new and secure boundaries." He
added that "we must exercise great
care to avoid unwitting collabora-
tion with Moscow and impose a
settlement upon Israel."
Ford also scored Senate Foreign
Relations Committee Chairman J.
W. Fulbright, Democrat of Arkan-
sas. Without naming him, Ford
referred to Fulbright's recent
speech at Yale in which he de-
nounced Israel for allegedly re-
sorting to "Communist-b a i t i n g
humbuggery."
Ford declared: "It is tragic that
such a self-proclaimed peace ad-
vocate has undermined the pro-
spects of a real Arab-Israeli
settlement by tacitly encouraging
the Soviet Union and Arab ex-
tremists to desist from a genuine
peace and to continue a great
military escalation in the hopes of
forcing their will upon Israel."
Referring to the Jews in the So-
viet Union, Ford said he saluted
"the grave Jews (who) stand up
to the Soviet secret police."
Albert told AIPAC that "Your
mission is the most important mis-
sion in the world, one which is
joined in by right-thinking people
around the world."
He said that "no settlement of
the Middle East problem can be
made that leaves it impossible for
neighbors to take care of their
neighborly problems."
Boggs declared: "Israel has
every right to negotiate face-to-
face with its adversaries. Despite

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our aid to Israel we don't have
the right to dictate peace to Is-
rael."
Ambassador Rabin expressed
the gratitude of the government
and people of Israel to President
Nixon and the Congress for the
assistance "rendered to us over
the years gone by, and not least
during the past year."
Noting that Israel is 23 years
old but "4,000 years deep." Rabin
said there can be no understanding,
of Israel's views in political dis-
cussion "unless they are measured
against the background of our na-
tional experience, our achievement
and our hardships."
Irving Kane, Cleveland lawyer,
was re-elected AIPAC chairman.
Speaking at the Senate lunch-
eon, Sen. Hugh Scott, Republican
of Pennsylvania, the minority
leader, and Sen. Henry M. Jack-
son, Democrat of Washington,
agreed that Israel's security is
vital to the defense of America.
"Since 1970," Sen. Scott said,
"it has become increasingly clear
that the interests of the United
States and the free world would
be strengthened by a policy which
recognized the importance of our
assistance to Israel's economy and
defense."
The U.S. government "will not
hesitate to stand with Israel on two
major fronts," Sen. Scott declared.
These, he said, "were the con-

Frisco Federation Sit-In
Ends Peacefully; Students
to Meet With Leadership

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) — A
Spokesman for the student group
which staged a sit-in at the offices
of the Jewish Welfare Federation
here told the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency that his group had "with-
drawn temporarily" on Saturday
night while "recognizing that our
demands have not yet been met."
Bruce Bailin was spokesman for
the 35 members of the Jewish Edu-
cation Coalition, which began the
sit-in last Friday morning and end-
ed it with Havdalam on Saturday
evening.
He said that his group had left
to participate in Israel Independ-
ence Day festivities Sunday and
would return next week for talks
with federation officials.
The coalition has made four de-
mands on federation officials for
a reordering of priorities. Bailin
told the JTA that federation offi-
cials had proposed a small private
meeting with four representatives
of each side, and although mem-
bers of his group felt a "closed"
meeting w a s "undemocratic,"
would attend nonetheless "for in
formational purposes."
Meanwhile, a spokesman for
the federation told the JTA that
the students had been peaceful
during their sit•in and left with-
out incident.
Spokesmen for the students made
four "demands" on the federation
officials: commitment to support
financially Jewish education
wherever such a need arose in the
city and the Bay area; action to
ease the financial plight of two
day schools—the Hebrew Academy
and the Brandeis school, both ele-
mentary schools; action for a
"serious re-evaluation of budget
priorities," including current fund-
ing to Jewish centers, Jewish so-
cial service agencies and Mount
Zion hospital; and a public debate
within two weeks on the issues of
Jewish education needs in the area.

tinuation of enough military equip-
ment of all kinds to deter the
threat of attack and the playing
of a key role by America in the
achievement of peace."
Sen. Jackson, who said he could
not see a real peace in the Middle
East without the removal of Soviet
forces from the area, charged the
U.S. government was "pressuring"
Israel into accepting a "restora-
tion of the unstable conditions that
led to war in 1967." He criticized
any thought of America sanction-
ing a military forces to keep the
peace in the Middle East which
would include Soviet troops.
At the rally, marking Israel's
independence, Sen. George Mc-
Govern, 'Democrat of South Dakota,
a leader in the peace movement,
drew a "vital distinction" between
opposition to the war in Vietnam
and American support for Israel.
He expressed concern over the
"ever-increasing possibility that
the American people, who have
come together from all skies in
the peace movement, will allow
their revulsion for the war in
Indochina to debilitate our
spirits, cloud our judgment and
render us unable to carry out
our responsibility for acting in
support for peace in the world."
I. L. Kenen, who was re-elected
executive vice chairman of the
American Israel Public Affairs
Committee, warned that an im-
passe had developed in the Jar-
ring peace initiative because
Egypt, fortified by the support of
both the United States and Soviet
Union, would not recede from its
territorial demands on Israel.
As a result, Kenen said, the
Arab states would press for sanc-
tions against Israel and a strug-
gle for world opinion loomed ahead.
In his address to delegates,
Kenen pointed out that although
the United States was willing to
sell arms to Israel, the debate be-
tween America and Israel on
issues "may well be decided in
the court of public opinion."
He warned that the danger to
Israel today is "not so much
coercive pressed and threatened
sanctions, at least not by the U.S.,
but rather the alienation of Ameri-
can and world opinion."

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