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September 15, 1978 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-09-15

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Optimism Echoes at Camp David Summit

(Continued from Page 1) formed conference sources
ing on Jordan; that King told the Jewish Telegraphic
Hussein of Jordan will Agency late Wednesday
join in effecting the in- that there was "good reason
troduction of such an au- to hope" for this favorable
tonomy for these 'Arabs outcome and indicated
and that Israel will retain American, Israeli and
her military force and Egyptian officials were
specially authorized working on the text of a
radar systems on the joint statement.
According to some in-
borders of both Jordan
and Egypt to assure Is- formed predictions the
three foreign ministers will
rael absolute security.

These are the auguries,
and the Big Moment may be
at hand by the time this
issue reaches its readers.
* * *
— The Camp David summit
moved toward a successful
conclusion, with Israel and
Egypt expected to agree on
the continuation of peace
negotiations and also to a
statement specifying new
areas of understanding. In-

jointly make the statement
public. The three heads of
government may then ap-
pear jointly on television.

The favorable outcome
of the summit was the re-
sult of an intensive effort
this week by President
Carter to persuade both
Israeli Premier
Menahem Begin and
Egyptian President
Anwar Sadat of the
merits of American com-

promise proposals on
some of the disputed is-
sues. The conference
sources indicated that
the expected statement
would not mean that all
the issues had been
thrashed out to a com-
monly accepted conclu-

But the Camp David
summit will succeed beyond
the minimal hopes voiced
before it began by Begin
who spoke in terms of an
agreement merely to con-
tinue negotiations. There is
agreement on that — and
also on matters of sub-
Begin is understood to
have made significent con-
cessions in the known Is-
raeli positions. The U.S.
delegation is understood to
have steered Israel and
Egypt around some the con-

troversial concepts — such
as "sovereignty" — which
have proved to be stumbling
blocks in the past.
Dan Patir, spokesman for
Begin, told the JTA that the
Israeli delegation was
"working for and hoping
for" this successful outcome
and he noted that all three
delegations "were making
efforts" to achieve it.

Presidential Press Sec-
retary Jody Powell said
Wednesday that the
Camp David summit con-
ference "obviously" is
"approaching the final

He said the discussions
over the "past several days"
have been "intense, specific
and wide-ranging." He said
the process, since Sunday,
was one of "active consulta-
tions" and "we are basically

ZOA Convention Adopts Activist Program

(Continued from Page 1) had served two terms as
Detroit delegates president.
In a brief acceptance
attending the Washing-
ton meetings included speech, Novick declared
Dr. and Mrs. Alex Fried- that "Now is the time for the
laender, Mr. and Mrs. Jewish people to close
Harry Kraft, Dr. and Mrs. ranks."
He said, "We must in-
Kazdan, Mr. and Mrs.
Panush, Mrs. Ann Silver, volve hundreds of
Dr. and Mrs. Hoffman thousands of Jews who hold
and Mr. and Mrs. Carmi concern for Israel and turn
that concern into personal

Novick was elected
president of the ZOA at the
convention's election meet-
ing. He succeeds Rabbi
Joseph P. Sternstein, who

involvement. This, as I see
it, is the challenge to the

At an earlier session,
Yehuda Blum, Israel's

Ambassador to the
United Nations, warned
that "the tyrannous
majority coalition at the
United Nations may be
plotting fresh attacks
against Israel and
Zionism," during the
General Assembly which
opens Tuesday. He
added, however, that Is-
rael's UN delegation "will
speak out loud and clear
not only on behalf of Is-
rael but on behalf of the
entire House of Israel,
and in fact we all shall

emerge a stronger, more
unified people, bonded
by the indivisible concept
of Judaism, Zionism and

At the opening session
last week, Sen. Alan
Cranston (D-Calif.) and
Rabbi Sternstein had
praised President Carter for
calling the Camp David
summit. Sternstein, how-
ever, said the American
Jewish community was ap-
prehensive that Carter
would try to- impose a set-

Some of Israel's Best Friends


sides, Israel recalls with
gratitude many Chris-
tians. They remember
that an early American
president, John Adams,
left a bequest for the
teaching of Hebrew; that
long before Theodore
Herzl founded the Zionist
movement, an
Englishwoman, George
"Daniel Deronda," cal-
ling for the re-
establishment of the
Jewish state; that an-
other Christian, Ode
Wingate, perhaps
England's greatest mili-
tary leader of the present
century, came to Pales-
tine to teach Moshe
Dayan and other Israelis
the art of self-defense.
Some of Israel's best
friends have been Chris-

tities in Mexico. Writes the
New Republic: "The U.S.
The Christian Science
government has been keep-
Monitor the other day car-
ing a secret with enormous
ried a long story with the
implications, but now it's
headline: 'Israel Yearns to
out. Mexico apparently has
Help The Christians."
petroleum reserves of up to
Other papers have carried
200 billion barrels, making
the story. It refers to the
it an oil power potentially
Christians of Lebanon.
greater than Saudi Arabia.
The poor Christians! No
The CIA has known about
.,one helps them except the
Mexico's vast potential re-
Jews. Syria sent an army
serves since 1967, but the
there supposedly to bring
Administration has con-
peace, but the purpose is
cealed this information
plain: to try to take advan-
from the American people
tage of the situation and de-
and from Congress, appar-
stroy the Christian power,
ently to avoid undermining
and make Lebanon part of
energy policies premised on
scarcity and foreign policies
41 ' The State Department
based on muzzling the
has frowned on the efforts of
Israel to help the Chris-
The Administration, that
tians. There are a sizable
periodical goes on to say,
number of Christians in
has not thought very hard
America. One would sup-
about the opportunities that
pose they would come to the
The reason for the indif- Mexical oil presents. Be-
aid of their co-religionists in ference to the Christians of sides lowering oil prices, the
Lebanon, but they do noth- Lebanon is, of course, oil. development of Mexican
That involves big business. riches would alleviate the
Jews feel differently. But the oil picture may rad- poverty in that country and
He who has no compas- ically change in the next reduce the flow of illegal
sion for his fellow men, few years.
immigration into the
It seems that oil has been United States.
says the Talmud, is not of
the seed of Abraham. Be- oozing out in great quan-
Another secret came

.1 1

(Copyright 1978, JTA, Inc.)

oozing out this week
about Mr. Sadat and that
visit to Jerusalem last
November. It was a great
event, you remember.
The Egyptian leader, it
was felt, had risen to
giant stature. There was
talk of the Nobel Peace
Prize being awarded him
for his daring and noble
action . . .

Was there a secret story
behind it? According to a
story now making the
rounds, Sadat's action
didn't just come out of the
blue, as they say. Behind it
was another story.
It seems that shortly after
the installation of Begin as
Prime Minister, the Israeli
Intelligence dug up infor-
mation about a Libyan plot
to assassinate Sadat.
Begin asked Israel's in-
telligence men what they
usually do in such matters.
They replied that it was the
custom to turn over such
"finds" to the CIA.
"Why not," asked Begin,
"in this case turn over the
facts to Sadat himself and
see what he will do about
This was done. The mate-
rial was turned o ?,,
Sadat, who investigated
and found confirmation of
the facts. And it was in the
sequence of this friendly act
by Israel that Sadat began
his dialogue about peace
with Israel.
If Mr. Sadat gets the
Nobel Peace Prize, a piece of
it should go to Mr. Begin.

in a situation now" where
"the question" for both the
conferees and the media is
"what fruit will they (the
discussions) bear."
President Carter met with
Israeli Premier Menahem
Begin for 80 minutes Tues-
day night in the President's
quarters at Aspen Lodge
and that members of all
three delegations are
engaged in a series of meet-
ings within their own
groups and with other dele-
gations. But Powell em-
phasized that "it is not
possible to speculate" on the
results "in an informed

Asked if President Car-
ter had telephoned King
Hussein of Jordan, Power
said, "To my knowledge he
has not." He said he would
reply later to a question as
to whether Sadat has
spoken to Huessin since his
telephone conversation
with the Jordanian ruler in
London on Sunday. But
when asked if Jordan's in-
volvement is such th.,4
summit can be regardec.
four-way conference, Powell
said he had , no information
about Jordan's involvement
apart from the Sadat-
Hussein conversation.

Boris Smolar's

`Between You
.. ,and Me'

Emeritus, JTA

(Copyright 1978, JTA, Inc.)

Jewish Appeal is now mapping plans to celebrate its 40th
year of existence.
Much has changed in the field of Jewish fund-raising
during these 40 years. I remember the time — Nay back
before the UJA was formed as the merged fund-raising arm
of the Joint Distribution committee and the United Pales-
tine Appeal — when each of the two agencies conducted
separate and competing drives. A study on Jewish philan-
thropic giving was ordered by the JDC from a noted Ameri-
can Jewish economist. The study was prepared and printed
for distribution, but never distributed.
The study was suppressed. Why? Because it indicated
that among the JDC donors there were a few whose gifts
were $10,000 and higher. Some JDC leaders questioned the
wisdom of making this fact public. "What," they argued, "to
reveal that there are in this country Jews who make such
substantial contributions for a Jewish philanthropy cause.
What may non-Jews say? Would this not provoke among
them anti-Semitic thinking? They usually look upon the
Jews as 'poor immigrants.' "
That was more than 40 years ago. Today, thousands of
Jews in this country contribute to the United Jewish Ap-
peal $10,000 and more yearly. And this is no longer kept a
secret from the non-Jewish world. On the contrary, Jewish
generosity is admired by non-Jewish groups. It is cited in
laudable terms as an example of philanthropic giving.
Among UJA givers one can find today at least 20 whose
gifts range from over $500,000 to $1 million. There are also
about 360 contributors whose contributions range between
$500,000 and $100,000, and some 550 whose yearly gifts
range between $100,000 and $50,000. More than 5,300
people donate betwen $50,000 and $10,000. A $-10,000 con-
tribution is by UJA considered today in the last category of
"big giver."
A PROUD RECORD: The Jewish community is proud
of its record of generous giving for Jewish needs. Jewish
philanthropic giving for general causes also enjoys an
enviable reputation.
The Council of Jewish Federations reports that Jews in
this country contribute to their federations for charitable
purposes about $500 million a year.
In the course of the last 40 years American Jewr
tributed to their local communities more than $7 Es-
Some 70 percent of this sum went to meet part of Israel's
social and cultural needs and to assist needy Jewish com-
munities in other overseas lands where the JDC is operat-
ing. This huge sum does not include the many millions of
dollars raised separately by Jewish groups in independent
fund-raising drives. Hadassah, for instance, raises on its
own some $20 million a year. Brandeis University raises
about $20,000 a year in its independent campaign. The
Yeshiva University, the Jewish Theological Seminary and
the Appeal for the program of Reform Jewry raise about
$22 million.
Not included is the approximately $3 billion raised for
Israel Bonds since the Israel Bond campaign started in
1951; nor the millions of dollars raised in capital funds by
Israels universities, by the Jewish National Fund and
other projects for Israel.
More than $100 million a year is now being provided by
the Jewish federations for local services, excluding refugee
care. The allocations include funds to Jewish hospitals,
Jewish centers, Jewish family and child-care agencies,
homes for Jewish aged, Jewish education and community

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