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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
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Candle lighting, Friday, Sept. 15, 7:24 p.m.
VOL. LXXIV, No. 2
Friday, September 15, 1978
Peace: For Eternity
Only the naive could have believed, only the imal right to life and who are, at the same time,
impractical might have suggested, that out o f aiming to undermine the efforts of the peace-
Camp David would emerge a panacea — that seeking in Arab ranks.
the Middle East's message would emanate from
As the chiefs of state were gathering at Camp
the Maryland conference assembled at the invi- David, a PLO spokesman made it known that
tation of the President of the United States and his movement was rejecting in advance any and
with the consent of the Egyptian and Israeli all peace plans that might emerge. Writing in
leaders. Time is of the essence and the issues - the London Observer, Paul Martin quoted
can not be resolved momentarily. Therefore, Khalid Fahoum, who claims to be heading the
there are the duties for planning, the obliga- . PLO "parliament in exile," as stating, in an
tions to confront challenges now that the big interview in Damascus, that "if Sadat gets
step has been taken to strive for peace.
something at Camp David, we are sure it is
The Big Three have met, will continue to going to be at the expense of the Palestinians. It
meet, will be in disputes but can at least bo will only serve . Israeli expansionism . . .
expected to act for an end of warthreats and for Sadat's initiative has resulted in breaking up
an approach to amity. Therefore, Camp Daivd Arab solidarity — in weakening the Arabs, par-
has become a symbol of a future with more hope ticularly in weakening the Palestinians." Thus,
for good neighborliness than has been on the both by means of terrorism and with threats to a
agenda for more than half-a-century.
fellow Arab who might evince a desire for
It is not the 30 years of Israel's sovereignty peace with Israel, the threats to the peace -are
alone that has affected the embittered con- coming not from Jewish or pro-Israeli Christian
troversies. The anti-Zionist sentiments in Arab ranks but from the Arab enemies who are ir-
ranks pre-dated Israel's rebirth. All the more reconcilable.
reason for taking seriously every aspect of the
This must not be interpreted as -hopeless. If
there is unaninimity the enmity might be over-
Therefore, the "Peace Now" movement • that come. But there also is an,admonit'on to aallio
sense of realism. In Israeli ranks, and in the menaced must remain eternally vigilant lest
hopes engendered by Jews and their friends false hope becomes dangerous to the very lives
everywhere, it has never been anything other of the Israelis and a menace to world Jewry and
than Peace Always. How else could an embat- to the peace of the world.
tled nation hope to survive? From all developing
There are and there will be concessions, hope-
negotiations between Anwar Sadat as spokes- fully on both sides. If Sadat accepts a concession
man for Egypt and Menahem Begin, as the duly from Begin it also will mean his exchange of
elected Prime Minister of Israel must, there- conceding because until now it was a one-sided
fore, emerge more than mere rhetoric. There struggle of Sadat demanding everything with-
must be more than a mere semblance of peace. out yielding an iota.
The crying need is for action based on
In the process there has to be that consensus
encouragement and support from Israelis and for peace that calls also for the defensive, the
. Jews everywhere, from Israel's and world Jew- protectivism, the creative, the progressive.
ry's friends, from all lovers of peace and aspir-
Those who are and have been - engaged in
ants for amity.
tasks of rebuilding Zion cannot• be stopped in
The die is yet to be cast. The critical moment their tracks. They must seek encouragement
may have arrived for the contending factions to rather than disillusionment.
meet as neighbors and to assure a handshake
There is the protective factor. Israel will not
that will make it possible for those who until be abandoned to the undetermined fate. For-
now would not even meet in one room, let alone tunately, the U.S. Congress remains friendly to
be on speaking terms, to create an atmosphere Israel. Even those who speak of Israel as being
of benefit to the peoples they speak for.
more conciliatory give assurances that there
It had been useless to emphasize that peace in will be deviations from American policy of sup-
the Middle East would mean an elevating of port for Israel's defensive needs.
cultural standards, the creation of diplomatic
It is evident that the major obligations rest
exchanges which must lead to an interchange of upon the Jews of the free world, primarily
visits by the peoples involved and therefore the American Jewry. There can be no letdown in
establishment of commercial relations, the whatever efforts are marked by continuity in
erasing of menacing boundaries and their re- labors in behalf of the social and cultural needs
placement with the spirit of Good Will and in Israel and the duty to provide for the settle-
neighborliness that is necessary for civilized ment of newcomers to the land. These tasks
cannot, must not be tampered with. There must
Now there is an approach to an appreciation be the solidarity with the Israelis that spells
of the benefits to be derived from a proferred their right to life and to liberty.
peace. Will it be utilized for human advantage,
Whatever successes are attained at Camp
thus ending feuds that had been both brutal and David, they will be fortified by humanita-rian
tasks among Arabs as well as in Israel. What-
There is a road to peace, but the dangers must ever is sought for Israelis socially, education-
not be overlooked. There still are the many obs- ally, industrially, is certain to benefit those who
tacles. There are the diehards who would not will share in the peace of the Middle East. This
compromise. While the heads of three nations i s the basic factor for mutual benefits from an
were meeting in Maryland there were bombings accord through the efforts of President Carter.
in Jerusalem and threats from the ranks of Every hope and prayer for peace is based on
those who would not grant Israel even the min- t hese vital aspirations
c omp l e t e