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July 22, 1977 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-07-22

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14 Friday, July 22, 1977

Peace Plan: Concessions, Geneva Talks


(Continued from Page 1)

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to be embarrassing because
of past statements made in
the heat of anger or the
heat of challenge or the
heat of despair of the
depths of insecurity" were
also raised.

The President appeared
to be referring to the recent
bitter exchanges between
Washington and Jerusalem
on the issue of territorial
withdrawals by Israel. Car-
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that issue and the concept
of a Palestinian homeland
aroused concern and anger
in Israel, but at Tuesday's
dinner the President of-
fered his rationale for pub-
licly speaking out on those

He said that in order "to
deserve" the trust of all
parties to the Mideast con-
flict the U.S. must "give
the same point of view to
all the parties who will be
negotiating, not to mislead
anyone, not to avoid a con-
troversial issue and where-
ver appropriate, to open
these controversial issues
up to public scrutiny...even
when, at times, it creates
some hopefully transient dis-
sension among people who
have strongly held opposing
Carter added, "We recog-
nize that the basic security
of Israel must not only be
guaranteed in military
terms...but in the minds
and hearts of people who
live in that country...and of
people who would disturb
that security if they thought
there was hope for suc-
cess." Carter hailed Begin
as "a strong leader" and a
"man of deep convictions
and unshakeable principle"
who has demonstrated the
necessary courage that any
move toward peace in the
Mideast would require.

Begin Interview

Israel Prime Minister
enahem Begin will be in-
rviewed on the "Meet the
Press" television program
12:30 p.m. Sunday on Chan-
nel 4.

The . President said that
he and the premier "both
feel that this year is a prop-
itious time to move toward
real, permanent peace in
the Middle East, a recogni-

Straight Tal

tion by all nations that Is-
rael has a right to exist, to
exist as a proud and inde-
pendent nation. to exist per-
manently and to exist in
peace...this is a basis on
which we approach the cm-
cial coming months," Car-
ter said.

Meanwhile, White House
Press Secretary Jody Pow-
ell said that President Car-
ter found the statements
made to him by Israeli Pre-
mier Begin at their first
meeting Tuesday to be "for-
ward looking and worthy of

Powell said there was a
full discussion of three key
elements—secure and recog-
nized borders the nature of
peace between Israel and
its Arab neighbors and the
Palestinian issue. Powell
said that the discussion of
the Palestinians dealt with
the "procedural contest" of
the Geneva conference.
Asked by an Israeli report-
er if the issue of new Is-
raeli settlements on the
West Bank was discussed,
the presidential press secre-
tary said "Yes," but he de-
clined to give any details.
He said there was
"strong agreement on the
importance of moving to-
ward negotiations, moving
toward Geneva" and main-
taining the "momentum" to-
ward peace. Powell
stressed that Carter told
Begin at the outset of their
meeting that the U.S. has
no peace plan and has no in-
tention of imposing a peace
plan on the parties in-
volved. He said that U.S.
policy toward the Palestine
Liberation Organization re-
mains unchanged.
Powell said that the June
24 meeting in London be-
tween the former U.S. Am-
bassador to the United Na-
tions William Scranton and
the PLO UN observer,
Basil AM, was not a change
of government policy since
Scranton is a private citi-
zen. However, Powell said
that when Scranton returns
to the U.S. he will brief the
State Department on the
meeting just as it is ex-
pected that Rep. Lee Ham-
ilton (D-Ind.) will brief the
department on his meeting
with PLO chief Yasir Ara-
fat in Cairo last week.

Begin, who met with Sec-
retary of State Cyrus Vance
at the State Department,
said later that he hadn't
known of Scranton's meet-
ing. He observed, however,
that "anybody who has con-
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The Carter-Begin meeting
was attended by Vance,
Vice President . Walter Mon-
dale, National Security Ad-
viser Zbigniew Brzezinski,
Undersecretary of State for
Near Eastern Affairs Al-
fred Atherton, the U.S. Am-
bassador to Israel Samuel
Lewis and William Quandt
of the National Security
Council. Begin was accom-
panied by Israeli Ambassa-
dor Simha Dinitz and vari-
ous Israel Embassy offi-
cials, by this political advis-
er, Eli Mizrahi, his Military .
Secretary Ephraim Poran
and other members of the
prime minister's staff.
Jewish leaders who met

with Begin at his hotel suite
for at least two hours in-
cluded Rabbi Alexander
Schindler, chairman of the
Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish Or-
ganizations and president of
the Union of American
Hebrew Congregations;
Max Fisher, chairman of
the Jewish Agency Board of
Governors; Frank Lauten-
berg, national president of
the United Jewish Appeal;
and some 25 other Jewish

The premier also met
with some 30 American Jew-
ish businessmen at a lunch-
eon in his suite which a
Begin aide said was spon-

sored by the UJA. It was re-
ported later that a renewed
drive for encouraging in-
vestment in Israel was dis-


On Wednesday, Begin
was tendered a reception
and black tie dinner by Din-
At a reception at the
Shoreham Hotel Wednes-
day night Begin told the din-
ner guests that "I arrived
in America a hopeful man.
I will leave a happy man."
Vice President Walter Mon-
dale told the gathering that
"relations between the U.S.
and Israel have never been
better than at the mo-

Washington Press Corps Seen
Enthusiastic Over Begin Visit


women who report the
news are, by and large, a
cynical, sophisticated, not
easily impressed lot of
people. This is especially
true of the Washington
Press Corps. Most of the po-
litical, diplomatic and mili-
tary correspondents sta-
tioned here have, over the
years, watched too many
kings, queens, emperors,
prime ministers, presidents
and field marshals come
and go to be anything but
rather bored over the state
visit of another one of these
miscellaneous V.I.P.'s.
But this is to report that
whatever may have been
the inner reaction of Presi-
dent Carter to Menahem Be-
gin, the Washington Press
Corps was obviously great-
ly impressed by this maver-
ick from the Middle East.
As I sat Wednesday in the
crowded room in the old ex-
ecutive office building close
to the White House, where
the Begin press conference
was held, I paid close atten-
tion to how the almost 300
other reporters were reac-
ting. There questions were
for the most part respect-
ful. Not any was insulting.

Of course, they tried to
pin him down, get him to
commit himself, trap him
in contradictions, force sen-
sational headlines out of the
confrontation. That's their
business. But they soon dis-
covered they were dealing
with a professional; with a
man who for Israel's entire
29 years has been prac-
ticing politics; a man who
knows how to handle him-
self in a press conference;
a man who was not going to
be tricked into saying ei-
ther more or less than he
wished to say for the mo-

The Washington Press
Corps. can sense honesty,
sincerity and integrity, and
it has utter contempt for
the phony. Maybe that is
why begin came out of the
encounter with the respect
of most present. Before
dashing off to telephones,
or telegraph and cable of-
fices to file their stories,
they gave him indications
of their great respect.
It is nothing new for an Is-
raeli prime minister to be
well received in washing-
ton. David Ben-Gurion,
Golda Meir and Yitzhak Ra-
bin were three quite differ-
ent people; each had a
unique character. The Wash-
ington reporters I talked

.agreed that begin appears
to have many of the strong-
points of his three predeces-
sors, plus some positive
characteristics all his own.
Sixteen times the question-
was interrupted by laugh-
ter. Begin's sense of humor
is unique.
There certainly will be a
few critical or even antago-
nistic columns and edito-
rials written here and there
on the basis of Wednesday's
press conference, but Be-
gin's public relations advis-
er, Shmuel Katz, could
sleep well Wednesday
night, for his man acquitted
himself well. He was a very
able spokesman .for views
that a majority of his coun-
trymen appear to share
with him. He articulated
them well.

Lookstein to Head
UJA Rabbis' Unit

NEW YORK—Rabbi Jo-
seph H. Lookstein of New
York City has been elected
chairman of the United Jew-
ish Appeal Rabbinical Advi-
sory Council. . He will suc-
ceed Robert I. Kahn of
Houston in the UJA's top
rabbinical leadership post.
The RAC was formed to
encourage greater represen-
tation_and participation of
Jewish religious leaders in
UJA campaign efforts on
local. regional and national
levels. In addition, the Coun-
cil serves as a resource for
UJA campaign activities, in-
cluding National Shabat,
slated for Jan. 6-7. 1978.

Romanian Aliya
Memo to Ribicoff


The Conference of Presi-
dents of Major American
Jewish Organizations has
sent to Sen. Abraham Ribi-
coff (D-Conn. ) chairMan of
the Senate Finance Com-
mittee's subcommittee on
international trade, recom-
mendations for eliminating
existing obstacles to Roma-
nian Jewish emigration to
The recommendations
supplement testimony given
before the subcommittee on
June 27 by William Korey
who was representing the
conference. The hearing
dealt with the most-fa-
vored-nation status for go


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