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December 22, 1978 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-12-22

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, December. 22, 1978 7

Jewish Leaders Ask the U.S. to Be Impartial on M.E. Treaty

WASHINGTON (JTA) — things right, now." He
Five Jewish leaders ex- would not discuss them. He
pressed to Secretary of State expressed the "hope that the
Cyrus Vance Tuesday their U.S. will resume its role as a
"perceptions" of the role of mediator."
the Carter Administration " Mann said there is a
in the negotiations for an
"great deal of anguish
Egyptian-Israeli peace
and very deep concern
treaty. They also expressed
regarding the events of
the hope that the U.S. will
the last 10 days." He said
serve as a mediator and not
that the U.S. "should not
take sides in the dis-
have supported — and it
cussions.
did" Egyptian President
The five leaders who met
Anwar Sadat's condi-
with Vance at the State De-
tions for re-opening the
partment for an hour follow-
U.S. treaty draft of Nov.
ing a three-hour session
11 "because President
with his principle Middle
Carter as far back as
East aides, were there at
Vance's invitation, the head
of the group, Theodore
Mann, chairman of the Con-
ference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish
NEW YORK (JTA) —
Organizations, told report-
Thirty-three of the 36,
ers afterward. Mann said
American
Jewish intellec-
that the Jewish leaders
tuals who last spring sent a
have asked for a meeting
cable
of
support
to Israel's
with President Carter but
Peace Now Movement,
the White House has not yet
Tuesday wired President
scheduled one.
Carter denouncing the
There can be no peace un-
United States' endorsement
less the United States re-
of
the changes demanded by
turns to the even-handed
Egypt
in the proposed
role that it played at Camp
Israeli-Egyptian peace
David, Mann said. He said
treaty.
that the Administration is
. The signers stressed that
now "interested in getting
while they have been will-
the negotiations back on the
ing
to criticize the policies of
track" and that he had the
the government of Israeli
"feeling" that "the Ad-
Premier Menahem Begin in
ministration is trying to do
the past they "believe that
Israel's current objections to
the proposed Egyptian re-
visions are reasonable."
They said the achievement
of Camp David has now
been endangered "by the
unfortunate posture of the
American government."
Among the signers are
Saul Bellow, the Nobel
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set, of Palo Alto, Calif;
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Vorspan, both of New York.
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TEL AVIV (JTA) — The
army has announced that
there will soon be a call-up
exercise of several thousand
reserve soldiers in order to
test the efficiency of a call
up system via radio, televi-
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Remarks by President
Carter last week and other
"high Administration
sources" chastized Israel for
not accepting side letters

In addition to Mann, the
other Jewish leaders who
met at the State Depart-
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Squadron, president of the
American Jewish Congress;
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following pressure on Prime
Minister Begin by Liberal
Party Cabinet members
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Mann said, "There is a
great deal of anger out
there" among American
Jews. "We are all waiting to
see if the U.S. attitude
towards Israel is a transient
phenomenon that will van-
ish immediately or con-
tinue," he said.

When a reporter asked
Mann whether he had spo-
ken with Israeli Premier
Menahem Begin about the
Israeli Cabinet decision last
Friday to reject the Egyp-
tian demands, Mann said he
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