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May 12, 1978 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-05-12

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Friday, May 12, 1978 17

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Polarization Marks State Dept.
Detroit Parley on the Middle East

By HEIDI PRESS
Polarization was evident
Wednesday at the Depart-
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community organizations
and institutions partici-
pated in workshops and
heard government officials
talk about the U.S. role in
the Middle East.
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seen mainly in who
attended the conference,
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The atmosphere was p romote relations with the
tense, but there were no vio- Arab world. He said the
lent incidents. One of the basis for its involvement in
workshops was the scene of the Palestinian issue, was
raised voices on the part of the U.S.'s "deep concern for
some Arab members of the human rights."
Atherton said that in any
audience. When a Jewish
questioner concluded his Mideast peace negotiations,
Palestinian
identity must
remarks with the words,
"Am Yisroel Chai — the be considered. However, at
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Among the workshops
there were no further out-
available to the conferees
bursts.
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organization was repre- the Middle East," "The
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state for Near Eastern and were Dr. Zvi Gitelman,
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Alfred L. Atherton, Jr., am- cal science at die University
bassador at large for Middle of Michigan; Dr. Arthur
East peace negotiations. Mendel, professor of history
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In the morning plenary sity; and Irving Tukel, at-
session, Saunders said that torney.
"a sensible policy in the
Middle East would recog-
nize all interests there at
the same time." While de-
scribing what he called the
United States' "unshakable
moral commitment to Is-
rael" he was quick to point
out the issue of the Palesti-
nians and the U.S. com-
mitment to their humanita-
rian needs. He said there
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Speaking at the lunch-
eon session on the "Cur-
rent State of Middle East
Peace Making," Atherton
saw the U.S. role as a
mediator in the Middle
East as a "necessity and
responsibility." He said
the U.S. role was "to see
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