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February 24, 1978 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-02-24

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Friday, February 24, 1978 25

Carter Administration Lobbies. Strongly in Congress for Proposed
Aircraft Sales Package Slated for Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia

area." Supporters of Israel man of the American
contend that the balance Jewish Congress national
The Carter Administration
would be upset by the ad- governing council, said the
lobbied strongly in Con-
ministration's package that sale compromises the ad-
gress Wednesday for its
includes the_ firstdeliveries ministration's avowed role
proposed '$4.8 billion air-
by the U.S. of lethal as mediator in the Arab-
craft sales to Israel, Egypt
Israeli conflict.
weapons to Egypt.
and Saudi Arabia, an-
nounced that it was crack-
Rabbi Joseph Sternstein,
In Tel Aviv Defense president of the Zionist Or-
ing down on the sales of civi-
Minister Ezer Weizman has ganization of America,
lian aircraft and spare parts
warned that the Carter termed the sale to Egypt
to Libya because of that
Administration's proposed and Saudi Arabia as "mor--
country's aid to- interna-
sale of combat aircraft to -ally, politically and even
tional terrorists and prom-
Saudi Arabia and Egypt militarily unjustifiable."
oted career diplomat Harold
will cause Israel to reassess
ders to replace Alfred
In Washington, Senate
its concept of a'Sina agree- and House leaders on
therton as assistant
ment with Egypt.
secretary of state for Near
foreign affairs said they will
Weizman said Israel "thoroughly- scrutinize" the
East and South Asian - af-
must now "weigh" how Carter Administration's
the AmeriCan move will proposed sale of the most
Atherton himself haS
affect the components of advanced and powerful
been promoted to
a possible peace pact fighter bombers to Saudi
ambassador-at-large with
with Egypt "on the wings Arabia and an unpre-
special responsibility for
of a plane — I hope it will cedented U.S. flow of lethal
the Middle East, subject to
not be on a tank tomor- weapons to Egypt, begin,
Senate confirmation.
Secretary of State Cyrus row."
ning with warplanes.
In New York, Vance
'Vance, appearing before the
The Carter Administ-
strongly denied that the ration has decided on the
House International Rela-
tions Committee at the United States was siding three-country package as
opening of hearings on the with -Egypt in Middle East a tactical means to force
administration's $14 billion negotiations.
through its proposals in
At the same time, Vance Congress. If the proposal
fore-_gn aid program, told
also. rejected Egyptian Pres- for any one of the three
tf congressmen that he
would "find unacceptable" a - ident Anwar Sadat's charge countries is rejected, the
that the supply of U.S. arms administration has indi-
"partial rejection" of the
aircraft sales proposals and to Israel makes Jerusalem cated it will withdraw the
that its "total rejection intransigent in negotia- entire paCkage.
tions. Vance said that pro-
would be very damaging."
Sen. Clifford Case (R-
The administration viding Israel with seapons it N:J.), who along with Sen.
needs gives Jerusalem Frank Church (D-Idaho)
plans to sell 60 advanced
"self-confidence," enabling and five other Democratic
F-15 fighter-bombers to
Saudi Arabia, 50 shorter it to negotiate a settlement. Committee members, wrote
Meanwhile, Jewish lead- to Secretary of State Cyrus
range F-5E fighter-
bombers to Egypt and 15 ers criticized the Carter Vance on Jan. 24 in opposi-
F-15S and 75 F-16 Administration for its deci- tion to the Saudi program,
fighter-bombers to Is- sion to sell fighter planes to said the proposed sale • to
rael. It has submitted its Egypt and Saudi Arabia as both Saudi Arabia and
proposals to Congress for an unwise and unwarranted Egypt "opens up a whole
the first time as a single move.
new arms sales equation
Alexander which will have to be
Rep. John Cavanaugh Schindler, chairman of thoroughly investigated" by
(D-Neb.) asked Vance for the Conference of Presi- the committee.
his reaction to the possibil- dents of Major American
Sen. Jacob Javits (R-
ity that Congress might ap- Jewish Organizations, N.Y.) said that he was look-
prove the aircraft sales to said "We deeply deplore ing to see "whether there is
Israel but not to Egypt or and strongly oppose" the a connection respecting the
Saudi Arabia. Vance re- sale. "The only purpose timing of these sales in
plied that "our role as a of such sale can be to en- view of the stalemate in the
trusted intermediatory courage continued Arab Egypt-Israel negotiations
would suffer most if the refusal to negotiate in and the U.S. position on Is-
good faith with Israel. We raeli settlements." -
package is turned down."
He said that if Congress urge Congress to veto
Sen. Daniel Moynihan
tried to take the package this unwise, unwar- (D-N.Y.) and Rep Clarence
apart, "you would further rented and dangerous Long (D-Md.), chairman of
distort the balance which step."-
the House Appropriations
Theodore Bikel, chair- Subcommittee on Foreign
currently exists in the
0 Operations, voiced what
appeared to be the senti-
ments of a large number of
their colleagues in opposing
the sales. Moynihan said
The Detroit City Council student at Michigan State
.Jewish Women
unanimously passed a re- University.
Israel has held Esmail in Topic of Lectures
solution Wednesday asking
he Carter Administration custody since December and
Greater Detroit Section,
investigate Israel's charged him with being a
arges against Sami Es- member of the Popular National Council of Jewish
mail, an Arab-American Front for the Liberation of Women, will continue its
Palestine and receiving ter- "Jewish Women on the Cur-
rent Scene" series 12:30
rorist training.
CJF Appointee
The City Council resol- p.m. Thursday at the NCJW
ution declares that Israel office, 16400 W. 12 Mile,
NEW YORK — Sue Ste- is denying Esmail's "fun- Southfield.
vens, an administrator with damental and univer-
Paul Winter will speak on
the Dade County (Fla.) sally recognized human "Jewish Women and the
Board of Education has rights."
Theater." On March 9
been named women's com-
-Esmail's supporters at Marsha Miro will speak on
munal services director for the Council meeting argued "Jewish Women on the Con-
the Council of Jewish Fed- that'the Israeli charges temporary Art Scene," and
against Esmail are not Sarah Weiner Keidan will
She will work with 215 crimes in the U.S. -and that wind up the series March 16
women's divisions of Jewish Israel may have arrested when she speaks on "Jewish
federations in the U.S. and him based on information- Women and Politics." _
Canada in planning fund- supplied by the FBI to in- • There is a fee. To register
raising, leadership training ternational police au- or for information, call the
and year-round programs.
Council office, 557-9604.

the Saudi sale was "espe-
cially disturbing." Long
said he has sworn to do ev-
erything in his power to stop
the sale to the Arab states.
Rep. Lester Wolff (D-N.Y.)
announced yesterday he
would propose that Con-
gress block the sale.
In a related develop-
ment, the Carter Ad-
ministratin asked Con-
gress to approve $957
million in economic assis-
tance for Egypt and $790
million for Israel for the
fiscal year beginning
next Oct. 1. The ratio for
the two countries is about
the same as in the current
In addition to this
economic aid, the Administ-
ration requested $1 billion
for Israel to finadnce military
purchases for the coming
year, the same as in the pre-.

sent fiscal year. This is in earmarked for $5.4 million
accordance with the in Food for Peace.
Jordan is to receive $93 --
Israeli-American agree-
ment in connection with Is- million in economic security
rael's evacuation from the assistance, $50 million to-
Sinai areas now reoccupied wards construction of the
by Egypt.
proposed Jordan Valley
Of the economic aid, sec-. dam that also affects Israel,
urity assistance for Egypt Syria and the West Bank,
totals $750 million and for $8.7 million in Food for
Israel $785 million. Egypt Peace, $45 million in milit-
will also get $206.6 million ary assistance, $2 million in
in Food for Peace com- military training, and $85
modities and $400,00 for million in military financ-
military training. Israel is ing.

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