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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-07-11

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Friday, July 11, 1

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Gerald Ford's A Time to Heal' Reaffirms
His Continuing Role as Supporter of Israel

Former President Gerald
R. Ford will be in the
limelight here this week.
He will address the Repub-
lican National Convention.
As his party's standard be=
arer he will be consulted on
many issues, by candidates
and those already holding
important positions.
His views and his role in
government are reiterated
in the new edition of -his
book, "A Time to Heal,"
(Berkley Press), just reis-
sued as a 444-page paper-
back.
"A Time to Heal" inti-
mately recounts the trials
and successes of President
Ford as he moved America
out from under the shadow
of Watergate and toward
the reassertion of national
will. Ford describes his
vision of reuniting an
America fragmented by
mistrust of government; his
agonizing decision regard-
ing the Mayaguez incident;
and the personal heartache
of his wife's battle with
cancer.
The volume also re-
states Ford's position on
Israel, details his rela-
tionship with Former
Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger and-delves into
his friendship with De-
troiter Max M. Fisher.
Throughout his tenure in
office, Ford found it upset-
ting that American Jewish
leaders thought he was
anti-Israel or anti-Semitic
because of his policy
towards Israel. He took time
out in the spring of 1975 to
meet with various Jewish
leaders and told them:
"In all my public life, I
have never wavered in my
support for a free and secure -
Israel. There was never one
vote or one speech that
could be interpreted other-
wise. All of my life I have
had great respect for the
Jewish people. I feel that
way today, and anyone who
says I don't, doesn't know
me at all.
"It is because of my affec-

PRESIDENT FORD

tion and admiration for the
Jewish people and the state
of Israel that I am so con-
,cerned about the lack - of
progress toward peace in
that part of the world. We
must have progress soon if
we are to avoid another war,
the fifth in 30 years. Quite
frankly, Israel's leaders
have not been as quick to
recognize this as I had
hoped they would be. They
have not been as forthcom-
ing as I wanted them to be.
"Now, I have always
believed in maintaining
the national integrity of
Israel, but always within
the context of maintain-
ing world peace and —
above everything else —
within the contexts of
protecting the national
interests of the United
States.
"What this means is that
the leaders of Israel and the
American Jewish commu-
nity here simply can't hold
up a legitimate settlement
and expect me as President
to tolerate it."
Later on in the book, Ford
describes his feelings
toward Israel thusly: "Israel
was — and is — a valued
ally. But even friends dis-
agree and that's what had
happened to us."
Ford probes deeply into
both his professional and
personal relationship with
Kissinger. The former
President details Kissing-
er's valiant but often mis-
understood "shuttle diplo-
macy" which resulted in the
Sinai accord of 1975.

"In March, Kissinger
resumed his shuttle be-
tween Cairo and
Jerusalem. Again, the
Egyptians bent over
backward. Again the Is-
raelis resisted. Henry
pushed and pushed —
and then pushed some
more.
"Finally, agreement was
reached on the framework
of a new accord. Israeli
forces would pull back about
35 miles from the eastern
bank of the Suez Canal, and
the new dividing line be-
tween the two adversaries
would be in the vicinity of
the strategic mountain
passes of Gidi and Mitla in
the Sinai desert."
As an illustration of the
deep friendship that de-
veloped between the two
leaders, Ford writes of an
episode in which Kissinger,
feeling that he was becom-
ing a political liability to
the President, offered his
resignation.
"Early in January (1976)
he had come into the Oval
Office and handed me a
`draft' letter of his resigna-
tion . . . . Conservatives still
blamed him for my dismis-
sal of Schlesinger, although
he had nothing to do with it.
That made him a liability to
me in the primary fight.
Unselfishly, in order not to
embarrass me, he would
step aside.
"I was shocked by the
idea. His resignation was
simply something I could
not accept. The country
needed him — I needed
him — to impliment our
foreign policy at this dif-
ficult time."
Detroiter Max Fisher,
chairman of the board of the
Jewish Agency and a per-
sonal friend of Ford's, was
called an for his personal
expertise several times dur-
ing the Ford Presidency.

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According to Ford, "He
(Fisher) had served as an
unofficial ambassador be-
tween the United States
and Israel for years, and his
contacts at the highest
levels of both governments
had often helped us bridge
over misunderstandings. I
said that I thought it was
imperative that we see new
momentum toward peace in
the Middle East . . . I didn't
have to ask Max to get the
message back to the Is-
raelis. Word would spread
very quickly that I meant
what I said."
Ford has written a new
forward for the book, which
was originally released by
Harper and Row last June.
The foreward gives Ford's
assessment of the policies of
the Carter Administration
and offers a point by point
comparison between his
administration and the cur-
rent one.

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TEL AVIV (JTA) — Be-
tween 10-20 terrorists,
members of the gang re-
sponsible for the attack on
Kibutz Misgav Am in Ap-
ril, were killed in the Israeli
raid on terrorist bases north
of the Litani River on June
29, according to Chief of
Staff Gen. Raphael Eitan.
He said the terrorists were
members of the Iraqi-
sponsored Arab Liberation
Front.
Eitan said the raid, car-
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According to Eitan, the
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Mediterranean, north of
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the Litani River. The Is-
raeli forces destroyed
five buildings, two of
them ammunition stores
and the others barracks.
Reports from Lebanon
said that Israeli naval units
shelled the coast while
paratroopers were being
landed on a hilltop near
Kassmiyeh. Local residents
also reported that Israeli
seaborne troops placed
roadblocks on the main
highway between Tyre and
Beirut and that they left
behind ammunition and
cartridge belts.









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65th DISTRICT

,

WASHINGTON
President Carter has ap-
pointed Hyman Bookbin-
der, Washington represen-
tative of the American
Jewish Committee, to the
U.S. Holocaust Memorial
Council.

WHOM DO THE PEOPLE
OF THE 65th DISTRICT*
NEED IN LANSING?

MICHAEL STEIN

B.A.-M.S.U.
INTERNATIONAL LAW STUDIES-PARIS
J.D.-GEORGETOWN LAW SCHOOL
L.L.M.-LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
2 YEARS-S.B.A.-WASHINGTON, D.C.
PRACTICING ATTORNEY — 5 YEARS
MEMBER OAKLAND COUNTY BAR ASSN.

• ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN'S
.;
HOSPITAL BOARD MEMBER
• ACTIVE MEMBER JEWISH
WELFARE FEDERATION
• MEMBER IVAN S. BLOCH LODGE, BNAI BRITH
• MEMBER, AMERICAN FRIENDS OF HAIFA UNIVERSITY

MICHAEL STEIN

VOTE REPUBLICAN AUGUST 5th PRIMARY

Pd. For By The Committee To
Elect Michael Stein. 1986
Meadow Court, Bloomfield Hills,
Mich. 48013

* THE 65TH DISTRICT INCLUDES:

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