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June 22, 1979 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-06-22

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Friday, June 22, 1919 13


Israel Satisfied by Explanation
of U.S. Role in Autonomy Talks

The "clarifications" be-
tween Israel and the U.S.
over •ashington's role in
the autonomy talks appear
to have had a happy out-
The U.S. reply to Israel's
queries on this issue was
transmitted to Premier
Menahem Begin last
weekend. High Israeli
sources said Jerusalem was
thoroughly satisfied with it.
"The U.S. endorses our
positon entirely, one
Cabinet source said. A U.S.
Embassy spokesman in Tel
Aviv said that if Israel saw
the U.S. reply as endorsing
its own position he was de-
lighted. American sources
appear to feel that the
American reply, drafted by
Secretary of State Cyrus
Vance, should be acceptable
to both Israel and Egypt.
Israel's position has
been that the U.S. role
should be that of "full
participation" or
"partners" in the negoti-
ations, but not a "party"
to the eventual agree-
ment or to its subsequent
The issue came up dur-
big the first working ses-
sion of the autonomy
talks in Alexandria last
week. Egypt's Minister of
State for Foreign Affairs,
Butros Ghali, seemed to
suggest that the U.S.
would be a party to the
negotiations and also in-
volved closely in the im-
plementation of the even-
tual agreement.
Ghali built his thesis on
the phrase "participate
fully in all stages of the
negotiations" in the "joint
letter that accompanied the
peace treaty.

But Israeli negotiators
Yosef Burg, Moshe Dayan
and Shmuel Tamir im-
mediately rejected this
reading, pointing out that
the Camp David framework
implies a role of participa-
tion but not of party, for the
Meanwhile, the mini-
mal participation by
Foreign Minister Moshe
Dayan and Defense
Minister Ezer Weizman in
the autonomy negotia-
tions with Egypt and the
U.S. has irritated Burg,
and will be taken up by
the full Cabinet at its next
The Cabinet's interven-
tion was promised Burg by
Begin after Weizman
walked out of a meeting of
the unit that was chaired by
Begin. Weizman has pub-
licly expressed the view
that the Israeli negotiating
team is much too large. He
said two-to-three ministers
could conduct the negotia-
tions for Israel and that he
saw no need for his own
presence at the sessions."
Dayan has also publicly
expressed his desire to stay
out of the autonomy talks on
grounds that his presence is
not necessary. Maariv
suggested today that the
foreign minister would like

to replace Burg, a member
of the National Religious
Party, as chairman. Dayan
has denied this, but accord-
ing to Maariv, associates of
Dayan believe that he
should head the unit not
only because he is foreign
minister but- because he is
the only member capable of
conducting the negotiations
with the necessary flexibil-
ity to avoid a crisis.
Begin, meanwhile, is re-
portedly firm in his support
fur Burg but insists that
Weizman and Dayan par-
ticipate fully in the talks.
In Paris, visiting Mayor
Elias Freij of Bethlehem
has come out against the
autonomy plan currently
being negotiated be-
tween Israel and Egypt.
Freij, considered a "mod-
erate," told newsmen that
"no Palestinian will agree
to participate in the au-
tonomy or self-rule projects
under Israeli or Egyptian
In a related development,

We Take The Worry Out Of


an Israeli law professor
charged that the govern-
ment of Israel violates in-
ternational law by such acts
as establishing settlements
on the West Bank, expelling
inhabitants of that territory
and demolishing houses
Prof. Yoram Dinstein,
dean of the law faculty at
Tel Aviv University, also
questioned Israel's claim to
the West Bank.
Dinstein was a partici-
pant in the International
Conference on Peace in
the Middle East spon-
sored by Tel Aviv Uni-
versity that has drawn
political scientists from
the U.S., Britain, France
and Israel as well as
economists and experts
on international law.

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Palestinian question with-
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will be no comprehensive
peace in the region.

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