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June 27, 1980 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-06-27

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`Inform Congressmen
on Israel, Mideast Situation'






Editor, The Jewish News:
In the recent passage of
the Foreign Assistance
Authorization Act for fiscal
year 1981 by the House of
(which in-
udes $1.4 billion in foreign
military sales credits and
$785 million in economic
assistance for Israel),
Michigan members of Con-
gress voted as follows:
For: James Blanchard
(D), David Bonior (D),
William Brodhead (D),
William Broomfield (R),
Robert Carr (D), William
Ford (D), Dale Kildee (D),
Carl Pursell (R), David
Stockman (R), Bob Traxler
(D), Howard Wolpe (D) —
11. Against: John Conyers
(D), Harold Sawyer (R) — 2.
Not voting: John Dingell
' (D), Lucien Nedzi (D), Guy
Vander Jagt (R) — 3. Gary
Brown, Philip Ruppe and E.
Cederberg are not listed.
It is important in this
forthcoming election of
Congressmen to know who
are Israel's friends in the
Michigan congressional
delegation. Our views on is-
sues of Israel's security,
East Jerusalem, the settle-
ments, follow-through on-
the Camp David Agree-
ments, economic aid for Is-
rael, rejection of PLO ter-
rorists and a Palestinian
state on the West Bank, etc.,
etc. should be made known
to them, and their favorable
and sympathetic action
towards Israel acknowl-
edged via letters, telegrams
or personal calls.
The House also deleted
the entire aid to Syria by a
vote of 320 to 1. In the de-
bate on this measure, Con-
gressman Broomfield made
the following comment:
Syria plays a "destructive
role" in Lebanon and gives
monetary and military sup-
port to the PLO. "To con-
tinue our aid program to
Syria," he stated, "would
undercut those very objec-
tives we hope to achieve in
the Middle East. It would
undermine, not enhance,
respect for the U.S. among
both friends and adver-
saries in that region." He
also singled out Israel as a
"friend that has already
made many sacrifices for
peace this past year."

ir epresentatives


In reporting King Hus-
sein's visit to the U.S. and
his talks with President
Carter, the reason given
for the king's steadfast
refusal to accept the
Camp David agreements
and get involved in the
U.S.-sponsored peace
negotiations is that he in-
sists on Palestinian self-
determination and Is-
raeli withdrawal from
the (now called persis-
tently) occupied ter-
It may be instructive to

quote from a personal inter-
view with President Sadat
by the Maariv correspon-
dent in Cairo, Shmuel
Segev, in which Sadat had
this to say about Hussein:
"He is schizophrenic .. .
In his political actions he
moves from one extreme to
another . . . Saudi Arabia
buys him and pays him and
his family a monthly salary
. . . Money to Hussein is
next to godliness."
Sadat disclosed in his
interview that after Camp
David there was a secret
meeting between Hussein
and his leaders. When he
was asked by them why he
did not join the peace talks
for, after all, he had had a
number of contacts already
with the Israeli leaders,
Hussein replied that "he is
not Sadat and that his coun-
try is a small one . . . that
both Sadat and the Israelis
have deceived him . . . and
that Sadat — with all his
political prestige and
weight ---- could have pro-
claimed openly that the
PLO is not the only repre-
sehtative of the Palestinian
people .. .
"Hussein stated that he
could not make such an
open declaration because
Jordan could not permit
herself to face the danger of
losing the large sums of
money she is receiving from
the Arab oil countries and
that she must not arouse the
wrath of the Rejectionist

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