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October 31, 1980 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-10-31

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Among Arabs,
It's Carter

Christians Give Scholarship

. WASHINGTON — The Arab world has taken "an
amazing interest" in the Presidential campaign, according
to the United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, John
West. After a week-long trip to several nations around the
Persian Gulf last month, Mr. West, a Carter appointee, sent
a gloomy confidential cable to Secretary of State Edmund S.
Muskie. The cable, written before the outbreak of fighting
between Iran and Iraq, said, "The United States policy in
the Mideast has created a sense of disillusionment and
despair throughout the Gulf area."
"The role of the United States as a leader as well as our
credibility . is being seriously questioned even by those
leaders who heretofore have been our strongest allies and
supporters," the cable went on. "There is general agree
ment that the Camp David accords have failed and new life
cannot be breathed into the process without a major move
by the U.S. to break- the intransigence of (Israeli Prime
Minister Menahem) Begin and his government."
Discussing Arab views of the Presidential race, Am-
bassador West reported that "the political rhetoric" of the
three major candidates "has added to the sense of frustra-
tion about present U.S. policy and future intentions."
"There is general support for President Carter,"
around the Persian Gulf, Mr. West said, based "primarily
upon the premise that no American President in his first
term can ever take the actions necessary toward Israel
which may result in an acceptable Mideast peace." At the
same time, Mr. West says that he and other American
ambassadors have had trouble explaining "the contradic-
tion" between Administration overtures to the Arabs and
the Democratic platform, which is strongly pro-Israel.
"Mr. Anderson's statements," the cable continues,
"during and after his trip to Israel (in August), were, in the
Arab view, completely one-sided and associated him with
pro-Israel policies designed to capture some Jewish support
in the Presidential race."
"Likewise, Governor Reagan's statements," Mr. West
said, "paint him in the Arab view as being wholly con-
trolled by Israel and its supporiers in the U.S. The hope of
Carter's re-election and some measurable action being
taken soon thereafter varies, but is the only hope the Arab
states have," Ambassador West concluded.

Some 200 Christians from
Switzerland, Austria, Ger-
many and Holland, belong-
ing to the "Beth Shalom
Society for Bible Study in
Israel," have inaugurated a
scholarship endowment
„fund for needy students at
the Hebrew University.
The driving force behind
the project is a veteran
Christian Zionist, Dr. Wim
Malgo of Zurich, president
of the society and director-
general of its parent organ-
ization, "Midnight Call." He
and other society members
were present at a Hebrew
University ceremony last
Founded by Malgo in
1969, Beth Shalom is a

non-profit Christian organ-
ization devoted to social and
educational work in Israel,
and especially to Arab-
Jewish understanding.
"We feel an integral part
of Israel. Your fiat is ours,"
Malgo declared at last
week's ceremony. "Let us be
the voice of the silent major-
ity all over the world which
has confidence in the future
of Israel and is certain that
Israel shall overcome."

UOJCA Meeting

"Areivus," the concept of
Jewish mutual responsibil-
ity, will be the thenie of the
Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations of America
national convention in Bos-
ton Nov. 27-30.

Friday, October 31, 1980 13


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`Iran-Iraq War Not Based
on the Arab-Israel Conflict'


HOUSTON ,(JTA) — tion movements any-
Yehuda Blum, Israel's Am- where, anytime."
Blum said the UN has be-
bassador to the United Na- .
tions, declared that the war come an "unholy alliance of
between Iraq and Iran has totalitarian regimes." He
provided the world with said Israel has become the
many lessons, including "whipping boy" for coun-
that the Arab-Israeli con- tries which cannot condemn
flict is not the cause of un- "directly" the United States
rest in the Middle East, 'Alt and West Europe.
But Blum stressed that
the product of Arab unrest
Israel will remain in the
and frustration.
Speaking at the opening UN. "It. took us 1,900 years
session of the 13th national to gain equality in the fam-
board conference of ily of nations," he noted.
Women's American -ORT,
Blum said another lesson is Israel Calls
that Mideast, treaties are on .UN for
easily broken, noting that
Iran and Iraq are fighting Nuclear Ban
over border areas 'agreed
proposal that the Middle
upon in a 1975 treaty.
He said the war shows East become a zone free of
that the Arab-Israeli con- nuclear weapons was made
flict is not the most explo- by Israel's ambassador to
sive 'trouble spot in the the United Nations last
Mideast since the war is "to- Thursday. .It was only the
third resolution submitted
tally unrelated to Israel."
, He said the war also by Israel since it became a
'demonstrates that the flow member of the UN in 1949.
of Arab oil to the U.S. does
Ambassador Yehuda
not depend on the status of Blum's draft resolution
calls upon "all states of the
the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The Israeli envoy also Middle East to convene at
charged that the United the ,earliest possible date a
Nations has created the. conference with a view to
psychological climate for negotiating a multilateral
the growth of anti- treaty establishing a
Semitism in the world by nuclear-weapon-free zone
such actions as the in the Middle East." Israeli
"Zionism equals racism" officials have been propos-
resolution adopted by the ing a ban on nuclear
General kssembly in weapons in the region for
1975. lit said that resolu- several years, but this was
tion struck at one of the the first time it came in the
form of a UN resolution.
"noblest national ,liber,a-

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