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September 22, 1978 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-09-22

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, September 22, 1918

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Don't sell the hide of a
bear that's still in the
flag of an Arab state fly on woods.
the Temple Mount in
YOU THINK
Jerusalem. Israel rejected
the idea, Begin said, be-
FINE
cause the Temple Mount is
the "holiest of the holies" for
Jews.
THINK OF

Begin Asserts Israel Will Remain in Territories After Transition

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Premier Menahem Begin
declared Wednesday that
Israel's defense forces will
stay in Judea, Samaria and
the Gaza Strip beyond the
five-year transitional
period, "to defend Israel and
its people."
Addressing a crowd of
more than 2,000 Jewish
leaders from across the
United States, at the
Americana Hotel in New
York. the Israeli Premier
said: "Yes, Judea, Samaria
and the Gaza Strip are in-
tegral parts of the land of
This is our land of
.ght. We do not ask for sov-
ereignty over it because we
want peace. Let the ques-
tion of sovereignty be open,"
Begin said, addina that this
question will be b discussed
during the negotiations on
the future of those ter-
ritories.
Begin, who received a
four-minute standing ova-
tion as he entered the hall,
declared at the beginning of
his speech: "We bring from
Camp David a peace agree-
ment. with security and
honor." He said the
peace
framework for

agreement was actually a
"peace treaty," but, he
pointed out, there is one
"outstanding" problem: the
issue of Israeli settlements
in the Sinai.
Begin said that each
one of Israel's 120 Knes-
set members will have to
vote on the Sinai settle-
ments according to his
"conscience," without
adhering to any party

line. But he warned that
Israel "will not allow any
foreign pressure on the
parliament of Israel" to
determine the result of
the vote. Such pressure
will be "intolerable," he
declared. But whatever
the decision of the Knes-
set would be "we will
carry it out," Begin said,
adding there will be no
reason not to continue
negotiations whatever
the Knesset decides.
The premier said that ac-
cording to the Camp David
agreements, the Palesti-
nians in the West Bank and
the Gaza Strip "will have
full autonomy." Israel will
not interfere in their au-
tonomy, he said, "They will
have self rule and we, the
Palestinian Jews, will have
security."
Begin disclosed that dur-
ing the first eight days of
the Camp David summit the
main obstacle was the de-
mand that Israel sign a
document stating the inad-
missability of the acquisi-
tion of territory by force,"
but we refused to sign this
document," Begin said ex-
plaining that if territories
were acquired during a war
of defense, such as the Six-
Day War, "territorial
changes are not only ad-
missable but necessary."
Begin said that when
pressure continued on Is-
rael for such a document he
met with President Carter.
He said that he explained to
the President that Israel
does not ask for "one square
of territory" on the West
Bank and Gaza and leave

the question of sovereignty
open because "we want
peace."
"I told the President,
`Let my right hand forget
its cunning before I sign
such a document,' "
Begin disclosed. Should
Israel sign such a docu-
ment, Begin continued,
then it would commit it-
self to leave the Golan
Heights, and make an
a-priori commitment —
even before the five-year
period — to relinquish
Judea and Samaria "the
land of our forefathers,"

and would create a major
security risk for Israel if
Yasir Arafat and his
people will take over.
Negotiations continued,
Begin said, after "that
passage was deleted."
Another difficulty during
the Camp David talks was
an Egyptian demand that a

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Sadat. Says No More War;
Cairo Welcomes Israeli

,

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
President Anwar Sadat
thanked the people of Israel
"for the beautiful way in
which they reacted to the
news of the approaching
peace between Israel and
Egypt" and renewed his
pledge that "there will be no
more war and we shall live
in peace as friends."
The Egyptian leader's
greetings . in the aftermath
of the Camp David agree-
ments, were conveyed in a
brief interview with the
correspondent of Yediot Ac-
hronot iri Washington as
Sadat emerged from meet-
ings with U.S. Con-
gressme.n Tuesday.
The first Israeli reporter
to visit Cairo after the
Camp David summit con-
erence, Symi Greenspan of
Yediot Achronot reported
that Egyptian officials at
the airport accepted his
passport "almost casually"
along with other tourists
and honored the Egyptian
visa that was stamped in it
almost a year ago when the
same reporter went to Cairo
following Sadat's visit to
Jerusalem.
time,
that
At
Greenspan recalled, the
arrival of an Israeli in
Egypt was a novelty, but
Tuesday it seemed
merely routine. He re-
ported that the Egyptian
.official who examined his

passport returned it with
a smile, saying, "next
time you will not be ad-
mitted unless you have
the visa of the Egyptian
Embassy in Tel Aviv."
Meanwhile, many Is-
raelis are appearing at the
Ministry of Interior asking
for visas allowing them to
go to Egypt. Earlier this
year the ministry refused to
grant such visas to a delega-
tion of professors from the
magazine New Outlook on
the grounds they did not
have written permission
from Egypt.
The ministry has now an-
nounced that it will give
visas to all Israelis who are
assured entry into Egypt,
but will not require written
permission.

More Services

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)
— Jewish family services
throughout the U.S. are
providing increased serv-
ices for single parent
families, according to Ben-
jamin R. Sprafkin of the
Philadelphia Jewish Fam-
ily Service.
Speaking at the Interna-
tional Conference on Jewish
Communal Service in
Jerusalem, Sprafkin said
the agencies were increas-
ing their individual and
group counseling, family
treatment and Jewish fam-
ily life education programs.

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