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November 18, 1977 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-11-18

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Jewish Federations Will Pursue Firm Stand by Stressing
A U.S. Role Unyielding to Menacing Threats to Israel

Right to Criticize, Seek
Just Rights for Israelis
Emphasized by CJFWF

Editor, Jewish Telegraphic Agency


VOL. LXXII, No. 11

DALLAS (JTA )—A resolution recognizing President Carter's
commitment to a genuine peace, Israel's security and well-being,
and his public declaration that it is not the intention of the United
States to impose a settlement" in the Middle East, was adopted
unanimously by the 2.000 delegates attending the 46th General
Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds,
which concluded its four-day session here Sunday.
At the same time, the resolution expressed concern "about U.S.
statements and actions which may subvert the peace that both the
United States and Israel so deeply desire."
The importance of the resolution, which was carefully boned and
phrased to express all the nuances and bases for Jewish concern
regarding the future of Israel's security and well-being, was
stressed by Jerold C. Hoffberger, president of the CJF, who was
re-elected to a third term.
He told the delegates that Secretary of State
Cyrus Vance, who addressed the Assembly
Thursday night, had asked to receive a copy
..of the resolution as an aid to help him under-
stand the Jewish community's point of view
on the Mideast in general. Hoffberger said
that he would personally deliver a copy of the
resolution, titled, "Israel and the Middle
Fast," to Vance in Washington.
Opening the assembly last week, Hoffberger
warned that Jews in this country are becom-
ing targets of "implied threats" against their
right to speak out for Israel and declared that
"we cannot accept or tolerate this type of
In issuing this warning and calling for counteracting threats,
Hoffberger said the CJF "must send two messages to Washington
and carry two messages to our own communities."
(Continued on Page 6)





A Weekly Review

of Jewish Events

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S adat-Begin Summit Creates

Sensation, Hopes for Peace

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The Knesset on Tuesday over-whelmingly approved Premier Menahem
Begin's invitation to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat who has said he would come to Jerusalem if
officially invited. The invitation, which Begin gave to U.S. Ambassador Samuel Lewis for con-
veyance to Sadat through the American Embassy in Cairo, was welcomed with enthusiasm by
virtually all members.
Former Foreign Minister Yigal Allon, speaking for the opposition Labor Alignment, told the packed
chamber that the Knesset was united in support of the invitation to Sadat. Arye Eliav, leader of the
Sheli faction, a bitter opponent of the Likud government, declared, "Today I have an opportunity to
praise the Premier for his impressive and quick response to the dramatic gesture of President
Anwar Sadat." Only the three-member Rakah Communist faction abstained in the vote.
Begin reportedly offered a choice of two dates in his invitation—next Thursday or the following
Monday. Begin said he does not expect a reply before today from Sadat, who was in Damascus for
talks with President Hafez Assad of Syria. Press reports from Cairo indicated that Sadat's response
will be affirmative. Whichever date the Egyptian leader chooses, Begin will not have to postpone his
visit to Britain scheduled for early next week.
Preparations for the unprecedented visit by an Arab head of state speeded up although
there was a certain degree of circumspection in the Knesset which would be severely
embarrassed, if, for some reason, the visit did not take place. The government press
information office went ahead with preaprations for massive world-wide media converage but
no special telex and telephone lines have been installed as yet. The only flag-manufacturer
in Jerusalem, Yitzhak Berman, has begun preparing Egyptian flags although no orders for
them have been received. The Israel Philharmonic has asked that it be allowed to play a
(Continued on Page 22)

Firm, Positive, Cross-Section Reactions
Measure U.S. Jewish Unity With Israel

`Rogers Plan' Author Won't
Back Palestinian Homeland




November 18, 1977

DALLAS — General Assembly deliberations conducted here for a five-day we
ll be
under the aegis of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds could well
considered a testing ground in quest for Jewish unity.
In light of the confrontations that continue to be experienced over American-Israel rela-
tions, a normal question has been posed whether American Jewry is genuinely united in the
challenges that have been hurled at the White House and the State Department over
apparent threats of an enforced solution plotted against Israel and the anxieties over favor-
itism granted the Arab states in lieu of concessions involving oil and the energy crisis. The
2,000 delegates, the many hundreds of additional observers and students of developing
communal functions must have been left with the conviction that a strong unity links the
American Jewish communities who are affiliates of the movement that has grown into
impressive strength under the CJFWF initials.
Israel certainly unites the communities. This was in evidence during consideration
of the resolution demanding "undiminished" American support for Israel. It was in
gidence when the great need for expanded educational obligations was under consid-
(Continued on Page 14)

For several years every mention of withdrawals by Israel from the
Judean-Samarian administered areas were immediately branded as "only
a revival of the objectionable Rogers Plan" hoisted by the State
Now former Secretary of State William P. Rogers can make the claim
that what had previously horrified Israel's supporters as destructive is
now actually used as a basis for negotiations, for an obvious reason, as he
contends : that his plan called for negotiations on the basis of UN Resolu-
tion 242 and all the demands now, especially on PLO, are for adherence to
Resolution 242 which calls for recognition of Israel's right to sovereignty.
Rogers was here Tuesday evening as a participant in the annual dinner
of Metropolitan Detroit Bnai Brith held at Fairlane Manor, at which the
1977 International Bnai Brith Humanitarian Award was presented to Wil-
liam G. Meese, chairman of the board of Detroit Edison. Rogers addressed
the dinner in Meese's honor. •
Chatting with this correspondent on the dais, Rogers retained confidence
(Continued on Page 16)

Two Leading Men in the International Puzzle


Egypt's President Anwar el Sadat unfurled a trial balloon
when he suggested that he might go to Israel to give his
views on the Middle East to the people of Israel. Israel's
Prime Minister Menahem Begin, never caught either
tongue-tied or hesitant to confront an issue, emerged as
Sadat's match. "Come," he said. He invited Sadat to
address the Knesset.
Begin asked a group of visiting U.S. Congressmen to con-
vey to Sadat his satisfaction with Sadat's assertion that he
was prepared to go to Jerusalem to address the Knesset if
that would further the cause of Middle East peace. Begin
met with 14 members of the House Armed Forces Com-
mittee, including Rep. James Blanchard (D-Mich. ), who
then met with Sadat in Cairo.

"I ask you," Begin said, "to give my message to Presi-
dent Sadat to the effect that I welcome his statement. If he
decides to come to Jerusalem we shall receive him with all
honor due to President.
"I will personally go out to Lydda Airport and we shall go
together to Jerusalem to discuss peace."


As The Jewish News went to press
it was announced that President
Sadat would go to Israel Saturday
and address the Knesset Sunday.


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