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October 21, 1977 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-10-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, October 21, 1977 15

Article Suggests U.S. Bring Down Begin's Government

(Continued from Page 1)

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the failure of the U.S. to
come to the aid of European
Jews before and during
World War II.
However, he said, the
American Jewish commu-
nity "seems determined to
react from fear rather than
thought. It not only does not
examine U.S. and Israeli
relations with sufficient
independence, it is too
prone to Over-react to any
attempt to do so by others
and some extreme Ameri-
an Jewish groups seem
Ailing to use anti-Semitism
and the Holocaust as a
moral club."
The article continued:
"This paralysis is also a
vicious circle" because "it
would take great moral
courage for the Adminis-
tration to put pressure on
Begin's military jugular
without Congressional and
American-Jewish support."
The article claimed that
American Jews "lack lead-
ership and information from
the Administration and Con-
gress" and "Begin seems to
lack Peres' ultimate prac-

ticality and restraint." The
writer • warned that Begin
may "actually seek the
political and military
destruction of the PLO and
also permanently seize con-
trol of the West Bank towns
and territories that have no
desire to be part of Israel."
The U.S. "has potential
tools to change the situa-
tion," he wrote.
As examples of those
"tools" the writer said
"Begin is a terrorist and the
U.S. can exploit the fact
that there is no 'moral' dif-
ference between an Israel
led by a 'patriot' like Begin
and a PLO led by a 'patriot'
like Arafat."
Furthermore, Cordesman
wrote, "The U.S. can attack
Israel's refusal to talk with
the PLO in a way it could
never do when Israel was
led by David Ben-Gurion,
Golda Meir of Yitzhak
Rabin." He recommended
that the U.S. can freeze aid
levels in current dollars and
reduce credits and other
tacit economic support and
indirect subsidies to Israel.
It can "make clear in
many different, politically

Causes Concern

By WARREN FREEDMAN

There are 35,000 Jewish
citizens in West Germany
today, most of whom are
distressed by the seeming
revival of neo-Nazi activi-
ties. This turn of events
means that world Jewry
must take a positive stand
against this self-destructive
German phenomenon, and
simultaneously guard
against the isolation of West
German Jewry from the
world Jewish community.
Books, films and maga-
zines in West Germany have
recently portrayed Hitler in
a favorable light. Joachim
Fest 's film, "Hitler—A
Career," seeking to portray
events from 1918-1945
through Hitler's own eyes,
glosses over and omits men-
tion of the countless heinous
crimes perpetrated by this
fiend! Incredibly, two-thirds
of West Germany's popu-
lation was born after 1945!
Light sentences in Nazi
murder trials have become
more frequent, and there
are continuing delays in the
Maidenek trial where 14
persons are charged with
the murders of 250,000 con-
centration camp inmates.
The prevalence of wide-
7 ---spread violence, bombings,
idnappings and assis-
ination attempts have also
terrified the West German
Jewish community, moreso
than other West German
citizens, because these
groups have links to Arab
terrorists and to right-wing
neo-Nazi fronts.
There have, however,
been several positive efforts
to curb this tide: The mass-
circulation weekly maga-
zine "Stem" has published
a 22-part report on "Jews in
Germany" from Roman
times to 1977, with Jewish
contributions to German

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culture, German politics,
and German commerce
emphasized, and discrimi-
nation against Jews and
persecution of Jews
condemned.
Also, the Central Council
for Jews in Germany has
taken bold steps to assure
the continuity of West Ger-
man Jewish communities.
(A March 1977 seminar at
Wurzburg was most
successful).

In addition, there has
been established a depart-
ment of Jewish studies at
Heidelberg University to
train Jewish youth leaders,
Jewish teachers and rabbis
to work in West German
Jewish communities.

acceptable ways that Begin
endangers Israel's life-line
to the U.S." and "can prob-
ably force the collapse of
his coalition."
The U.S. can also slow
down military aid to Israel
without endangering Israel
and "erode Israel's military
endurance to defensive
levels by selectively halting
parts, ammunition and
training" and "ending
,Israel-South African cooper-
ation on land and air weap-
onry and nuclear weapons,"
Cordesman wrote.
He said, "The U.S. can
use the current peace talks
to force Begin and Likud - to
set clear, unambiguous
limits to what they define as
Eretz Israel." He insisted
that none of those acts
would endanger Israel and
"all can be accomplished in
ways that do not violate dip-
lomatic procedures."
He said that "even a
reduction in official U.S.-
Israel contacts" would have
"a visible and powerful
impact in Israel."
Cordesman said the U.S.
could use those "tools" if
the Administration and Con-
gresss at least would
"openly debate and discuss
U.S. military aid to Israel,
the trends in the Israel bal-
ance and Begin as a man
and Likud-Herut as a party.
"More directly, the Admin-
istration and leading mem-
bers of Congress should
place fixed limits on U.S.
obligations to Israel."
He added that U.S. Jews
might follow such a debate
"with considerable inde-
pendence of thought and ...

support U.S. policy that pro-
tects U.S. interests without
threatening Israel's
survival."
A "well-placed" source in
the Pentagon said that
workers in the Pentagon's
Middle East sections regr-
etted only that the article
did not appear in a pub-
lication with wider circula-
tion. The source said the
article was "in line with
Pentagon policy."
In what may be related to
that rationale, • it was
reported this week that the
Pentagon may propose the
sale of 60 supersonic F-16
jets to Saudi Arabia instead
of the already proposed F-15
jets. The Pentagon justifica-
tion reported in the media
was that the F-16 is much
less sophisticated, more
within the technical capabil-
ities of the Saudis, and
viewed as defensive aircraft
that would be harder to
deploy against Israel.

Meanwhile, Israel's Knes-
set has formed a new sub-
committee which intends to
get the lawmakers more
involved with Israel's arms
purchases.
There has been an on-
going debate in Israel over
whether she should pur-
chase U.S. F-16 fighters or
produce her own planes.













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