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September 22, 1978 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-09-22

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Washington Euphoric Over Camp David Agreements

(Continued from Page 1)
Sinai within two weeks fol-
lowing a Knesset decision
on the settlements.
Weizman observed, "Af-
ter 30 years we now have a
chance for a real peace
agreement, normalization
of relations, economic, so-
cial, diplomatic — every-
thing. This is a chance we
have all been waiting and
fighting for," he said. He
added, "Unfortunately, in
the 10 years (since the Six-
Day War) circumstances
have arisen in which we
decide to uproot eer-
-
h iy
ings we have planted
t r
in or er to plant anew .. .
the question is peace or set-
tlements."
Dayan concurred that
this is "the hard fact of the
case." Weizman preferred to
characterize an Israeli

withdrawal from Sinai as a
"redeployment" of forces to
new lines in compliance
with decisions reached on
the political level rather
than a "retreat."
It was disclosed,
meanwhile, that the basic
preparations for "rede-
ployment" have already
been made. Even before
Weizman 'and Dayan re-
turned from the Camp
David talks, the army or-
dered all construction
and maintenance work
halted at Israeli military
installations in Sinai.
But Weizman made it
clear that while the bluep-
rint for withdrawal is ready,
it will not be put into effect
until an Israeli-Egyptian
peace treaty is actually
signed.
Another problem under

consideration by the de-
fense forces is the selection
of two sites in the Negev
where the U.S. has pledged
to build military airfields
for Israel to compensate for
the air bases at Etam and
Etzion in eastern Sinai that
Israel will relinquish. Suit-
able sites will not be easy to
find, military sources indi-
cated. Moreover, it could
take up to five years to build
the new air bases with un-
derground hangers and fuel
depots. Israel is supposed to
evacuate Sinai within three
years after the signing of a
peace treaty with Egypt.
A Pentagon expert esti-
mated the airfields could
cost between $300 million
and $1 billion to construct.
Another problem will be
the replacement of Israel's
naval base at Sharm El-

Sheikh from which Gabriel
missile boats and Dabour
patrol boats presently
guard Israel's access to the
Red Sea. The closest Israeli
port is'Eilat, but experts say
the harbor there is too small
for a large naval installa-
tion.
For the public at large,
the skepticism that
greeted the first an-
nouncement of the Camp
David agreements gave
way to euphoria. Some
40,000 people massed 'in
Tel Aviv's Municipal
Plaza Tuesday night to
hail the approach of
peace. Mayor Shlomo
Lehat spoke with Pre-
mier Menahem Begin by
telephone from Washing-
ton. Their conversation
was relayed over the pub-
lic address system.

When Begin said that Is-
rael had gained important
concessions at Camp David
and that the movement was
toward peace, the throngs
burst into songs and im-
promptu dancing in the
streets. Followers of the
Peace Now movement, once
the most vocal critics of Be-
gin's policies, called for a
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Congressmen Blanchard, Brodhead Report
on the Aftermath of Camp David Summit
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Rep. Jgmes Blanchard
(D-18th Dist.) had the
unique experience of having
been in Cairo when the an-
nouncement was made
about Egyptian President
Anwar Sadat's plan to go to
Israel. He was in Jerusalem
when the visit materialized
and attended the Knesset
session that was addressed
by Sadat.
He experienced a similar
experience this week. He
had left the Magen David
Adorn dinner Sunday eve-
ning for Washington and
upon his arrival at the air-
port was greeted by a mes-
sage from his wife inform-
ing him there was some-
thing urgent at the White
House. He arrived there in
time for the sensational
news in the presence of
President Carter, Prime
Minister Menahem Begin
and President Sadat. He
had an opportunity Sunday
night, at the White House,
to be told of details of the
Camp David summit by
U.S. Ambassador to Israel
Samuel Lewis.
At noon Monday, Rep.
Blanchard was at the brief-
ing on the Middle East at
the White House.
Rep. Blanchard said he
was especially impressed, at
a celebration at the White
House after the historic an-
nouncement by the manner
in which the Egyptian and
Israeli representatives
fraternized, exchanged
pagne toasts and evi-
d jubilation over an
accord hopefully to end.dis-
putes.
Rep. William Brodhead
(D-17th District), reporting
to The Jewish News Mon-
day afternoon about the
President's briefing to
members of Congress, said
the enthusiasm was unap-

ralleled.
"Republicans as much as
Democrats expressed their
admiration. Without a
single note," B
Brodhead said,
"the President had all the
facts at his fingertips.
Brodhead said the
President was late for the
briefing because he had just
spoken to Saudi Arabian
leaders. He had already
been in contact with King
Hussein of Jordan and was
optimistic about future de-
velopments.
Blanchard reported that
Carter has invited Crown

Prince Fand of Saudi
Arabia to Washington, and
that Carter stated that U.S.
pressure is now on Saudi
Arabia and Jordan.
Carter reiterated, Blan-
chard said, that the U.S.
will have no dealings with
the Palestine Liberation
Organization as long as the
PLO continues to advocate
the destruction of Israel.
Carter also praised Is-
rael's Aharon Barak and
Egypt's Osama el Baz, the
two legal experts at the
Camp David talks, saying
their role was crucial.

Blanchard said the only
dissension at the briefing
for the 70 Congressmen was
caused by Sen. James
Abourezk (D-SD), who kept
questioning why the Israeli
settlements on the West
Bank had not been im-
mediately removed.
"Carter handled him bril-
liantly," Blanchard said.
"The President told him
that the settlements in-
cluded only 2,500 people
and that issue has been
overstated."
(See Related Stories,
Pages 20, 21)

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