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September 21, 1979 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-09-21

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Yitzhak Rabin Memoirs Are Published

NEW YORK — Yitzhak
Rabin, former chief of staff
of the Israel Defense Forces,
ambassador to the United
States, and prime minister
of Israel, recounts his
history-making career in
The Rabin Memoirs" (Lit-
. tle, Brown and Company).
The Jerusalem-born Is-
raeli leader records the role
he played in almost all of
the most important political
and military events in Is-
rael's first 30 years.
"Here the stops are out,
nd Rabin emerges as a,
warm, witty, perceptive
warrior-statesman," says
Abram L. Sachar, chancel-
lor of Brandeis University.
Vivid, close-up portraits of
such major figures in Israeli
and American politics as
David Ben-Gurion, Golda
Meir, Moshe Dayan,
Richard M. Nixon, Henry
Kissinger, and Jimmy Car-
ter illuminate the dramas of
diplomacy at the highest
Starting with his early
years as a commander in
the Palmach (the active
combat division of the
Hagana during the
British. Mandate period)
Rabin shows how he rose
through the ranks to be-
come chief of staff of the
Israel Defense Forces in
1964. The architect of Is-


rael's stunning victory in
the Six-Day War, Rabin
provides a frank descrip-
tion of the tensions he
endured and the critical
tactical decisions he
made at the summit of his
military career.
As Israel's ambassador to
the U.S. from 1968 to 1973,
Rabin helped strengthen
America's policy toward the
Jewish state. His accounts
of confrontations and
negotiations with
Presidents Johnson and
Nixon and Secretaries of
State Rogers and Kissinger
"add intriguing footnotes to
what we know about our
foreign policy in the Middle
East." -
Succeeding Golda Meir,
Rabin became prime minis-
ter of Israel in 1974. In this
book he describes his par-
ticipation in Kissinger's

shuttle diplomacy, which
resulted in the 1975 interim
agreement with Egypt, a
pact that paved the way for
Egyptian President Sadat's
historic trip to Jerusalem.
In "The Rabin Memoirs"
the former prime minister
and Knesset member never
shrinks from revealing the
intrigues and conflicts that
inflame Israeli national
politics; he candidly re-
counts the events that led to
his party's defeat in Israel's
1977 elections, after 30
years of Labor rule.
"The Rabin Memoirs"
contain some surprising
background to this sum-
mer's controversy sur-
rounding American
dialogues with the Pales-
tine Liberation Organiza-
tion. As early as 1977,
says Rabin, the newly-
elected Jimmy Carter
raised the topic of PLO
recognition in his con-
versation with then
Prime Minister Rabin.
In a final chapter,
entitled "The Risks of
Peace," Rabin offers an
assessment of the Camp
David peace treaty signed
by Israel and Egypt in
March, and pragmatically
weighs the problems in im-
plementing it. Also of cur-
rent interest is Rabin's out-
line of the Labor Party's

solution to the West Bank
and Gaza Strip problem —
an option that lies between
current Prime Minister
Menahem Begin's au-
tonomy plan and a PLO-
proposed independent
Palestinian state.




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"During the coming
year, I will aggressively
pursue this process —
depending more and
more, however, on the
personal relationship
now evolving between
Premier Begin and
President Sadat."
Also on Carter's agenda is
his unwaivering commit-
ment to the issue of human
rights. He pointed out that
the struggle for human
rights is, perhaps, the oldest
continuing struggle in



Carter's Hopes for 5740

thing a new year does is to
challenge us to take time for
introspection. It addresses
itself to channel our lives in
the coming year in a way
that will be more acceptable
in the eyes of God, and
where our service can be
more effective for fellow
human beings."
With these words,
President Jimmy Carter
was reflecting on his per-
sonal sentiments and pro-
fessional goals during a pri-
vate interview in the Oval
Office to mark Rosh
Hashana, 5740.
"What I will do in my
service as President is con-
tinue to work for world
peace as I did in the past
year," Carter told me. "My
most challenging and excit-
ing and gratifying experi-
ence was to bring together
the ancient enemies of
Egypt and Israel. And with
the courage and sensitivity
of both Premier Begin and
President Sadat, we had
some notable successes dur-
ing the past year — suc-
cesses which we certainly
didn't anticipate.

Friday, September 21, 1919 39

human history. "It has gone when Arthur Goldberg
on for centuries before our represented us."
By the end of this month,
time, and it'll go on for long
after we shall have left this President Carter will have
earth," he said. "It's impor- received the report of the
tant that the United States Holocaust Commission,
stand before the world whose members recently re-
committed to such a great turned from a study mission
moral issue. If America in Europe and Israel. Last
can't stand up publicly for April, Carter attended a
human rights, then what Capitol Rotunda ceremony
to commemorate the
can we stand for?"
The President added that Holocaust. The year before,
our nation was founded on Israel's 30th birthday
upon our respect for, and be- celebration on the White
lief in, the dignity of the in- House South Lawn, before
dividual. "No government, hundreds of invited guests
no society, no civilization, — including Israeli Premier
no matter what it may pro- Menahem Begin — the
vide in a material sense, can President had announced
endure without a commit- the formation of the 34-
ment to this basic princi- member Holocaust Com-
"I want to see our nation
The President said he is
deeply concerned about the equated in the mind and
right of Jews to emigrate heart of every person with
from the Soviet Union. He the decent thing, the proper
cited the all-time record in thing, and the humane
the rate of emigration of thing to do," Carter said.
Jews from Russia. "When I "These are universal char-
came to office, only 14,000 acteristics which I hope to
Jews were leaving that exemplify in my own per-
year," he said. "During this sonal life as well."
Referring to the onset of
year, 50,000 or perhaps
more, will leave the Soviet the New Year, when world
Jewry will reaffirm its will
The President noted for creative survival, the
that the past year also President observed: "I know
saw the first exchange of that despite the historic
two spies in the U.S. for persecution of Jews, for
Soviet citizens, almost all their religion to have sur-
of whom had been se- vived so long is a testimony
verely oppressed, some not only to the moral and
of them Jews. "I want to ethical soundness of the
continue this demonstra- foundation of Judaism, but
tion of humaneness that also to the tenacity and
is involved in the human courage and commitment of
rights issue," he said. individual human beings
"And I expect that the down through history."
Jimmy Carter was in a
next session in Madrid on
the Helsinki Accords will meditative mood as he
be as effective as the one spoke of the approaching
in Belgrade (in 1978) High Holy Day period.

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