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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-03-07

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

42 Friday, March 7, 1980

The Linkage of Israel to World Tensions: Two Views

LENNY
LIEBERMAN

By UZI BENZIMAN

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — A
number of government offi-
cials believe that. Israel's
political situation has never
been so good. Although the
international community
faces_ increasing tension in

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the wake of the Soviet inva-
sions of Afghanistan, Is-
rael's political moves seem
to be successful, according
to these officials.
Against the backdrop of
global turbulence which
preoccupies the superpow-
ers, their respective allies
and many other smaller
countries, the Israeli-
Egyptian axis seems an is-
land of tranquility.
This depiction may reflect
a certain sense of wishful
thinking rather than a
sober evaluation of the rela-
tions between Cairo and
Jerusalem. But it does ex-
press, nevertheless, the au-
thentic feeling here that
serious international de-
velopments are taking place
which have no connection
with Israel or its conflict
with the Arab world.
This proves, some Is-
raeli officials say, the
validity of Israel's long-
held, often-voiced con-
tention that the main
problems of the Middle
East do not stem from the
Israeli-Arab conflict, but
are a result of the rivalry
between the superpow-
ers which exploit the
Israeli-Arab dispute to
foster their global
rivalry.
The manifestation of
Soviet purposes, reflected in
the invasions of Afghanis-
tan and in their deployment
along the borders of Iran,
supports Israel's view that
the crux of the Middle East
conflict is not the Palesti-
nian problem but rather
Soviet aggression and in-
trigues.
According to this thesis;
Western public opinion,
realizing the dangerous
significance of the
radicalism and religious
fanaticism of the "Islamic
revival," will now become
convinced of Israel's argu-
ment that the difficulties in
resolving the Palestinian
problem are not the real ob-
stacle to establishing a
stable arrangement in the
region.
On the contrary, say
these officials, the threats
and fears that Westerners
feel in the face of the "Is-
_ lamic revolution" will con-
vince them that the estab-
lishment of a Palestinian

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state would mean the de- any way on the extent of Is- the Soviet invasion of Af-
struction of the state of Is- rael's flexibility on the ghanistan was actually
not a bad thing, from Is-
Palestinian problem.
rael.
The Americans, after all, rael's self-interest view-
That, in brief, is the op-
timistic assessment cur- allowed the Shah to fall point because it forces
rent in some government without any connection to the U.S. to become much
circles here. One may, the future of the West Bank. more energetic and cred-
however, question the And the Kremlin's decision ible in the defense of its
realism of some of those to occupy Afghanistan was interests in this area.
The Afghan crisis,
observations. Statements similarly taken without
recently made by Secre- reference to the Israeli- moreover, and the Iranian
tary of State Cyrus Vance Egyptian controversy on crisis before it, are resulting
and by one of the State the powers and the respon- in a polarization within the
Department's senior sibilities of the self- Arab world, say these Is-
representatives in Tel governing authority to be raeli analysts, into moder-
Aviv, reflected a clear established on the West ates and radicals. Th .'
tendency to see a linkage Bank and Gaza. The Begin happening without re— -
between U.S. resistance government is critical and ence to the deadlock over
to Soviet expansionism skeptical of America's the Palestinian question,
and a solution of the claims that the -autonomy and the U.S., despite its
talks are somehow linked to theorizing, cannot afford to
Palestinian problem.
According to this logic, the broader strategic ten- let the Palestinian issue
stand in the way of its ur-
the ability of Washington to sions.
But some officials here gent need to shape new and
check Soviet aggression in
the Middle East by estab- take the skepticism a step closer relations with the
lishing a front of moderate further, and argue that Arab moderates.
Arab states under Western
patronage, depends to a
large extent on Israel's
readiness to satisfy Egyp-
tian expectations regarding
within a short time they
By MOSHE RON
the West Bank, and Saudi
The Jewish News Special
will be able to reach a suffi-
Arabian sensitivities re-
Israel Correspondent
ciently high standard in
garding Jerusalem.
order to establish a youth
TEL
AVIV

What
Israel, therefore, is likely
to face increasing pressure brought Fred Wilson, a gen- orchestra in Lod.
both from the U.S. and from tile musician from Grand
Special Haggada
Egypt to be flexible in in- Rapids, Mich., to Lod? -
Fred is a volunteer
terpreting — and imple-
Issued
by ADL
menting — the Camp David teacher of music in the
Maapilim
primary
school
in
NEW
YORK
— A new
Palestinian autonomy
Lod. Twice a week he meets Haggada to meet the needs
scheme.
While Israel intends to with groups of three to six of growing numbers of
vest autonomy in an ad- pupils of the fifth grade and Catholics and Protestants
ministrative council which teaches them to play who participate in the
would have only limited clarinet, saxophone, Passover Seder, has been
authority to rule the daily trumpet, trombone and also published jointly by the
Anti-Defamation League of
life of the inhabitants of strings and drums.
The suggestion to come to Bnai Brith and the Catholic
Judea, Samaria and Gaza,
Egypt seeks to endow the Israel came from the Musi- Archdiocese of Chicago.
The 58-page book, titled
council with wide powers cal Foundation in Chicago
and responsibilities, includ- directed by Robert Asher "The Passover Celebration
ing legislative and juridical and his wife. This founda- — A Haggada for the
tion is dedicated to improv- Seder," was edited by Rabbi
roles.
In Israel's view, ing musical education in Is- Leon Klenicki, co-director
Egypt's long-term goal is rael. It provides teachers, of ADL's department of in-
to enable the auton- instruments and know-how. terfaith affairs, and con-
Every summer the tains an introduction by
omous authority to de-
clare itself, after the foundation arranges Gabe Huck, director of the
five-year interim period, seminaries in Israel led archdiocese's liturgy train-
by American music pro- ing program.
as the constituent assem-
Rabbi Klenicki said that
bly of an independent fessors and attended by
Palestinian state. Offi- music teachers from Is- more and more Christians
are conducting Seders
cials in Jerusalem totally rael.
This year it was decided themselves or in interfaith
reject what they call the
artificial linkage that the to send tea_chers to Israel. observances because they
There were three, Fred said, want to understand their
U.S. has created between
its prospects of tackling a couple and himself. The roots better by experiencing
couple teaches in Acco.
what. Jesus, as a Jew, ex-
Russian expansionism
Fred, 22, completed his perienced at Passover time.
and the solving of the
studies at the University of
"The Passover Celebra-
Palestinian problem.
Michigan last year and got tion" is available from
In private conversations,
his BA degree in music. He ADL's National Program
Cabinet members and
looked for a job and was Division, 823 United Na-
high-ranking officials in the
recommended to the found- tions Plaia, New York,
Prime Minister's Office
ation.
10017, or at any of the agen-
stress that Israel does not
Fred was happy to have cy's regional offices. In '--
intend to be the victim of a
the opportunity to work in troit, call the ADL, ,
misguided American policy.
Israel. Although he did not 9686.
These sources even make
know any Hebrew when he
comparisons between the
arrived last July, he was Japan Avoids
British pro-Arab decisions
immediately liked by all his
in the 1940s and what they
pupils. They showed great Meeting Arafa
see as the present American
patience towards him and
tendency to sacrifice Israel's
TOKYO — Former
he had no difficulty in Japanese Foreign Minister
vital interests in order to
teaching, in spite of his lack Sunao Sonoda has repor-
improve the prospects of de-
of Hebrew.
fending oil sources in the
tedly abandoned plans to
Now he studies Hebrew meet with Palestine Libera-
Middle East.
Premier Menahem Begin intensively with a private tion Organization leader
himself has vowed publicly teacher. The Lod munici- Yasir Arafat during his cur-
of late, in clear references to pality provided him with rent month-long trip to the
American public state- an apartment and pays Middle East.
Observers believe that
ments, that Israel will not for his living expenses
Japan abandoned the idea
tet itself be "sacrificed to a and Hebrew lessons.
Fred says that his pupils of getting closer politically
policy of appeasement." His
aides argue that American talk too fast, but they can to its Arab oil suppliers be-
decisiveness in protecting understand him and make cause it did not want to risk
Western oil interests in the good progress in their music offending its major ally, the
region does not depend in lessons. He hopes that U.S.

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