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March 24, 1978 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-03-24

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Detroit Jewish Community's Solidarity With Israel
Affirmed at Inaugural of Allied Jewish Campaign

$13,930,000 at the Opening
Marked by Increased Gifts

Solidarity with Israel, in the quest for security and for an honorable
peace in the Middle East became the motto at the formal opening of the
Allied Jewish Campaign at the Jewish Community Center Tuesday even-
Campaign co-chairmen Phillip Stollman and Philip Warren, their co-
workers and Jewish Welfare Federation officers, together with the guest
speaker, David Schoenbrun, were firm in their declarations that con-
cerned American Jewry will stand united and will not submit to threats
leading to divisiveness.
The opening dinner meeting resulted in record-setting commitments,
with $13,930,942 pledged to date and an assurance that the 1978 drive
will net increases over the past year's $16,181,368 total.
The theme of solidarity with and concern for Israel was evident
from the beginning of the dinner, with a prayer for Zahal — Israel's
military forces — the basis of ;he invocation by Rabbi James I.
Gordon of Young Isr1
t. of Oak-Woods.
During his welcome a turn-away, record audience of more than 400,
Jewish Welfare Federati n President Martin Citrin said that "these are
days of trial" because of khe fighting in Lebanon, the Middle East peace
pressures of the U.S. Administration and the proposed sale of U.S. arms to
Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
"If we could send a message to our Administration," Citrin said, "the
tragedy of the Tel Aviv-Haifa road would underscore it in blood. Still, after
30 years, a strong Israel is the best guarantor of peace in the Middle East
and Israel has served the U.S. well in the Middle East.
"An outstanding Campaign accomplishment here is a clear signal to the
U.S. and to Israel," Citrin said.
Campaign general chairman Philip Warren narrated a slide presenta-
tion illustrating the pre-Campaign activities from last July to Tuesday
General chairman Phillip Stollman and co-chairman David
Handleman introduced the following representatives of the vari-
ous divisions to report pre-Campaign totals:
Jeffrey Bonin, Junior Division; Jerome B. Greenbaum, Metropolitan;
Shelby Tauber, Women's; D. Lawrence Sherman, Mercantile; Robert H.
Naftaly, Professional Service; Joseph H. Orley, Industrial and Autordo-
tive; Charles Snider, Real Estate and Building Trades; Thomas I. Klein,
Food and Services; and Dr. Conrad L. Giles, Professional Health.

(Continued on Page 6)

Shown at the opening of the Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel
Emergency Fund drive are, from left, Campaign co-chairman
David Handleman, guest speaker David Schoenbrun, co-chairman
Marvin Goldman, Jewish Welfare Federation president Martin Cit-
rin, and Campaign general chairmen Phillip Stollman and Philip


A Weekly Review

of Jewish Events

VOL. LXXIII, No. 3 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075 424-8833 March 24, 1978

Cold Formality Marks
Begin-Carter Meeting


WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Carter and Israeli Premier
Menahem Begin parted Wednesday with words of personal and bina-
tional friendship. But they spoke in an atmosphere of cold formality
with no indication that they have come closer to their positions on
how to proceed for a Middle East peace settlement.
Their mood as they spoke on the White House lawn at the conclu-
sion of their third meeting in two days was somber and even grim.
The solemnity was in contrast to their meeting in December and
strikingly different to the warm embraces that the President ex-
changed with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who had urged Car-
ter to induce Israel to withdraw behind its pre-1967 lines.
Begin carefully avoided a direct confrontation, at least publicly,
with Carter in all his comments during his stay. He concluded his
response to the President by saying that Israel is a small country and
the United States is a mighty power. But "the bonds that tie us
together — love of liberty, religious tradition and democracy —
mean we are not only friends. We are partners and allies."
In his closing remarks, Carter re-affirmed U.S. support for
Israel's security but he again said Israel was stronger militarily
than ever before. He said the United Nations Security Council
Resolution 242 must apply on "all fronts" if peace negotiations
are to succeed. This was an allusion to Begin's view that Israel
has sovereignty over Judaea and Samaria. Begin did not speak
of 242 in his response but he emphasized Israel's security re-
Carter said that Israel has a "challenge and an opportunity," despite the atrocity of the
March 11 terrorist raid, toward achieving a peace settlement. He said the challenge is to
Israel's security and the opportunity is the chance to negotiate peace with the Arabs. "Despite
terrorists and other danger," Carter said, "this opportunity must not be allowed to slip into
the cycle of hatred and violence." Carter described his talks with Begin as "frank and
Alluding to the "challenge and opportunity," Begin pointed out that Israel has already
made major contributions toward achieving a settlement. He spoke of Israel's agreeing to
Egyptian sovereignty in the Sinai, self-rule for the Arabs in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
and Israel's draft of principles to govern further peace negotiations.
A reporter later asked Zbigniew -Brzezinski, the President's national security adviser,
whether "things are as grim as they look" between Israel and the U.S. "The appearances are
not misleading," Brzezinski replied.
Earlier assessments of Begin's visit Tuesday on Capitol Hill with the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee and the House International Relations Committee
ranged from "cordial but not enthusiastic" to "extremely cordial."
(Continued on Page 15)

Weizman, Knesseters Dispute Israeli Pull-Out from Lebanon

JERUSALEM ( JTA) — Israel Defense Minister Ezer Weizman told the Knesset's
Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Wednesday that he favors an early withdrawal
of Israeli forces from south Lebanon "so thatwe shall not miss the opportunity to reach a
political settlement with Egypt." But he gave no indication of when or how Israel will pull
out, expressed doubts about the United Nations force created to police south Lebanon,
and could not give assurances that the latest incursion into Lebanon would be the last.
Weizman reiterated that Israel's objective in entering Lebanon was to root out ter-
, . rorists. "We did not set out for this war to occupy Lebanon,
• and that is why we shall leave it," he said. He admitted that
this "strange war" turned out somewhat differently than
had been planned.
He explained that Israeli forces occupied a larger area
than originally intended because army units were attacked
in various regions. He also insisted that "Our aim through-
out this entire operation has been to minimize loss of life
and limb among innocent Lebanese citizens." He said those
considerations kept Israel from occupying the terrorist-
held port of Tyre.


But the defense minister was challenged by several
Mils who cited reports of severe casualties among
Lebanese civilians and tens of thousands of refugees.
Amnon Rubinstein, of the Democratic Movement for
Change, Meir Talmi of Mapam, Yossi Sand of the

Labor Party and others blamed Israel's decision to widen its original six mile-

deep security belt for the refugee problem which, they said, unnecessarily com-
plicated Israel's international status. Labor Party chairman Shimon Peres at-
tacked the government for making statements and then looking for ways out and
doubted that a UN force could halt future terror attacks.
Weizman expressed hope that Israel would not have to resort to force in Lebanon again

but said that depended on whether or not the terrorists were permitted to return. He
noted that it took several wars before Sinai became a quiet front.
The defense minister affirmed that Israel had no intention of crossing the Litani but
acknowledged that Israeli units did cross the river twice to ambush terrorists. He said the
Syrians got Israel's message not to interfere in the war on terrorists and they "are playing
the game."
Weizman complained about the "hasty U.S." action in the Security Council "which was
followed by a hasty resolution to create the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon"
(UNIFIL). He said the Cabinet would review the situation after the talks in Washington
between President Carter and Premier Menahem Begin.

The UNIFIL vanguard ran into unexpected difficulties when the Maronite
Christian militia refused to allow a party of six UN officers to pass through its
lines. The group was stopped by militiamen at Kle village.
Maj. Said Haddad, commander of the militia, claims to represent the Lebanese regular

army in south Lebanon. He said the UN force would have to enter the region from the

north, meaning through terrorist lines. He accused UN officers of betraying the move-
(Continued on Page 20)

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