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May 30, 1975 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-05-30

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18 Friday, May 30, 1975

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Senators' Letter Affirms U. S. Support for Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Israel expressed thanks and
appreciation to the 76
American Senators who
publicly urged President
Ford to provide military and
political support for Israel.
The Foreign Ministry

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spokesman here said the
Senators' letter was "a
clear and unequivocal ex-
pression of the deep friend-
ship which the American
people and government feels
towards Israel and of the
sincere concern which they
feel for the peace and secu-
rity of Israel." .
The Foreign Ministry
statement said the Sena-
tors' letter was "especially
significant" in view of cur-
rent events in the interna-
tional arena and more espe-
cially in the Middle East.

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This reference was seen
as a veiled hint at the recent
failure of Secretary of State
Henry A. Kissinger's shut-
tling mediation effort for
which the Ford Administra-
tion had sought to blame
Israel.

Officials in the Rabin
government said privately
they saw the Senators' let-
ter as going a long way to
vindicate Premier Yitzhak
Rabin's policy in the face
of its many critics. They
did not hide their hope that
the letter would have its
affect on the current
American Mideast policy
"reassessment."

In Washington, Israeli
Ambassador Simcha Dinitz
described the letter as a
"heartening development"
that strengthens the basis
for a Middle East peace.
The letter "gives notice to
the Arabs that they must al-
ter their views regarding
U.S. support for Israel,"
Dinitz said. "It contributes
to the stability of the Middle
East by affirming that a

strong Israel is a pre-condi-
tion for any successful nego-
tiations."
Presidential Press Secre-
tary Ron Nessen told re-
porters. that "the. President
'believes it is valuable to have
a wide range of views" and
that the President "wel-
comes all suggestions from
all sources" in his considera-
tion of the reassessment of
U.S. policy in the Middle
East.
Nessen said, in reply to a
question, that the President
had not asked for the letter
from the Senators.

Nessen said Ford did not
plan to meet with the Sen-
ators who signed the letter
and that he has already
been in consultation with
members of both Houses of
Congress on the Middle
East. Asked if Ford or his
advisers felt that the letter
might prove awkward, dif--
ficult or a handicap in the
President's meeting with
President Anwar Sadat of
Egypt in Salzburg, Aus-
tria this weekend Nessen

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replied
"No."

emphatically,

The White House spokes-
man strongly denied that
the Administration's delay
in presenting its foreign aid
program to Congress was
"directed at anyone or hold-
ing out the prospect of using
American aid in a punitive"
way.
He was responding to
charges made by several
Senators at a press confer-
ence on Capitol Hill — all of
them signers of the letter to
Ford — that the delay was a
form of pressure on Israel.
Nessen told the reporters
at the White House that the
new aid levels for Israel and
other Middle Eastern coun-
tries have not yet been de-
termined on the basis of our
interests and our commit-
ment to the survival of Is-
rael.
Sen. Jacob K. Javits (R-
NY), the original sponsor of
the letter, summed up the
views of his fellow legisla-
tors when he said that "if Is-
rael's people feel secure,
they will be more relaxed on
concessions rather than
being up tight."

* * *

Rabbis Keep Vigil
on Capitol Steps

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
Representatives of boards of
rabbis from a dozen Eastern

cities, wearing yarmulkas
and talisim and from time
to time embracing a Torah,
invoked blessings last week
on American governmental
leaders and urged them to
maintain America's "his-
toric commitments to sup-
port the democratic state of
Israel."
Rabbi Harold H. Gordon,
executive vice president of
the New York Board of Rab-
bis, which had organized the
rabbinic mission to Wash-
ington, said he was "quite
sure" that this was the first
time such a Jewish prayer
vigil was held at the Capitol.
The New York Board said in
a statement that it is
"deeply concerned over the
mounting pressures di-
rected by our government at
the State of Israel." •
"The basis for these con-
cerns,' ' it said, is the
U.S.reassessment of its Mi-
deast policy, granting of
arms to Jordan during this
period "even while Israel is
denied the opportunity for
discussions relative to new
arms shipments, the label-
ing of Israel as intransigent
and the simultaneous char-
acterization of Egypt as
moderate although it was
Egypt that refused any
meanin'gful political conces-
sions in return for the enor-
mous concessions that Is-
rael offered."

-

Sadat Calls PLO Participation
Imperative for Geneva Talks

VIENNA (JTA) — Presi-
dent Anwar Sadat of Egypt
said that Egypt raises no
conditions for a new round
of the Geneva peace talks
except the participation of
the Palestinians.

In an exclusive interview
with the Austrian radio,
Sadat said "The Palestini-
ans must take part because
we will have to work out a
lasting peace for the Middle
East in Geneva. There is no
lasting solution possible
without the participation o\f
the Palestinians," Sadat
declared. "The key question
is not Sinai or the Golan
Heights but the Palestini-
ans."

Sadat said the superpow-
ers are responsible for a suc-
cess of the Geneva talks. In
case of a failure of the Ge-
neva talks a very dangerous
situation would be created,
Sadat said. "I fight for
peace, but if there is no
peaceful solution possible
we will not be afraid of a
fifth Middle East war."

Sadat said he was look-
ing forward to his summit
meeting with President
Ford in Salzburg Sunday
and Monday. "It will be
very important to discuss
the Middle East situation
with the President after
the failure of the peace
mission of Secretary of
State Henry Kissinger,"
he said. At the same time
he stated he would not
object `to a new Middle

"in the context of a dimen-
sion of peace."

In his interview, Sadat
also said Egypt would wel-
come an expansion of the
participating parties at the
Geneva peace talks in order
to prevent "a polarization of
the super powers." He
stated that, "It is my opin-
ion that this is the time Eu-
rope could do more to reach
a solution of the Middle
East problem."
Sadat added that he
would welcome the partici-
pation of more European
politicans at Geneva such as
Austrian Chancellor Bruno
Kreisky. "I'm very happy to
meet my friend Kreisky in
Vienna," Sadat said.
Sadat's declaration that
he has a "mandate" to speak
for the Arab world when he
meets with President Ford
was received with consider-
able skepticism in U.S. offi-
cial circles.

The Egyptian leader's
desire for the PLO to be
present in Geneva was
described as secondary.
Sadat also is seeking U.S.
financial support to pay off
Egypt's debt to the Soviet
Union for arms. This is
seen as merely a bargain-
ing point with little sub-
stance in reality.

Some easing away was in-
dicated in U.S. circles from
the Kissinger statement
that the U.S. would disclose
its views on a Middle East
settlement after Ford sees
Sadat and Israeli Premier

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