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October 31, 1980 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-10-31

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

ESSAY

The Fate of Israel

By WILLIAM SAFIRE
WASHINGTON
Would a re-elected Jimmy
Carter — no longer re-
strained by his need for the
votes of Americans con-
cerned about the fate of Is-
rael — force the Israelis to
abandon their settlements
and turn the West Bank
over to a Palestinian state?
Would he tacitly support-
the Arab savaging of Israel
in the United Nations, in an
effort to pressure the Is-
raelis into giving up East
Jerusalem? .
' 2.Some Arab leaders have
reason to think he would.
On Jan. 9 of this year, after
learnina the results of a
series of b secret White House
meetings with Zbigniew
Brzezinski and the Carter
brothers (which would have
remained secret had it not
been for a subsequent Se-
nate probe), Libyan Dic-
tator Qaddafi assured a
Washington Post reporter:
"I believe President Carter
promised to radically
change American policy in
the Middle East."
On May 20 of this year,
after Carter confidant
Charles Kirbo returned
from a visit with Crown Pr-
ince Fand in Saudi Arabia
— a visit about which White
House lawyers fiercely re-
sisted Senate questioning
— a London times corre-
spondent unusually well
connected in the Arab world
wrote:
The Kingdom
(Saudi Arabia) has been
gratified by Washington's
promises . . . by private as-
surances that a re-elected
President Carter would
bring Israel to heel."
Beyond the assurances
that the Arab leaders be-
lieve they have received,.
certain highlights of the
Carter record toward Israel
show a Carter mindset that
would surely lead to a
second-term cradkdown.

1. Inviting the Soviets to
join in imposing a Mideast
peace. The codeword for this
Brookings-Brzezinski line
is "comprehensive" — a
superdeal that would re-
quire Israel to give up de-
fensible borders. In 1977,
President Carter dismayed
Israel and Egypt by calling
the Russians in; both coun-
tries rejected this. Later, a
shrewd President Sadat —
without telling Mr. Carter
— arranged for his historic
•trip to Jtrusalem.
2. Providing arms to
Arab states that could be
used against Israel. Amen-
- ca's promised contribution
0 the Egypt-Israel agree-
ment was to deliver the
support of the "moderate"
states like Jordan and
Saudi Arabia.To do this, the
Jordanians were sent U.S.
tanks and the Saudis our
most modern jets — but the
Senate, in going along,
stipulated that the jets were
to be "defensive." This
spring, after our arms sales
resulted only in continued
intransigence by the "mod-.
erates," Mr. Carter sought
to modify the U.S. jets sold
to the Saudis. They would

then be capable of taking
out Tel Aviv. Fortunately,
the Senate said no.
3. Breaking our agree-
ment with Israel not_ to deal
with the PLO until it has ac-
cepted Israel's right to exist.
In secretly dealing with the
PLO, Andrew Young knew
that he was doing what
Jimmy Carter wanted. Car-
ter had to fire him not be-
cause Young betrayed our
promise to Israel, but be-
cause Young lied to Secre-
tary Vance about it: Carter
then allowed the firing to be
blamed on American Jews.
4. Voting in the UN to
demand dismantling of
West Bank settlements and
declaring illegal Israel's
claim to an undivided
Jerusalem. This betrayal
was urged on President
Carter by Vance and UN
Ambassador McHenry, and
specifically approved; only
when politician Robert
Strauss told Carter it would
cost him, New York State,
and mediator Sol Linowitz
said it would derail
Egyptian-israeli negotia-
tions, did Mr. Carter re-
verse himself. He blamed
the hapless Vance for a
"failure in communica-
tions." But his election-time
pretense was transparent
and the vote stands.
5. Permitting the Secu-
rity Council to undermine
the status of Jerusalem as
Israel's capital. Mr. Carter
sent his Secretary of State
to the UN to fill American
TV screens with a speech
against the resolution —
but Secretary Mus-kie did
not vote against it. He
allowed the anti-Israel reso-
lution to pass. If Mr. Carter
declines to defend Israel
with our veto at the UN dur-
ing an election campaign,
can there be any doubt that
the U.S. would be voting
with the Arabs against Is-
rael after the election?
In contrast, Governor Re-
agan opposes a U.S.-Soviet
"comprehensive" imposi-
tion; he considers the set-
tlements legal; he rejected
the Carter plan to equip the
Saudis with offensive
weaponry; he states un-
equivocally that all of
Jerusalem belongs under
Israeli sovereignty. Reagan
would have vetoed the re-
cent anti-Israeli vote on
Jerusalem that Mr. Carter
allowed to become U.N. pol-
icy.
This issue is clearly
,drawn, and cannot be
avoided by hopes that the
Senate Foreign Relations
Committee would restrain
an elected-again Carter.
Richard Stone has been de-
feated; Jack Javits is on the
ropes; Frank Church...is in
deep trouble. The ranking
remaindermen, Senators
Pell and Percy, are the soul
of "evenhandedness."
The conclusion is ines-
capable: one_candidate sees
Israel as a stiff-necked bur-
den to be coerced for its own
good, the other as a loyal
ally to be supported for our
own good. The election of
Carter would place un-

.

precedented U.S. pressure
on Israel; the election of Re-
agan would soon give Is-
raelis the confidence they
need to take more risks for
peace.
" 1980 by The New York Times

Company. Reprinted by permission. -

Jordan Gets
War Booty

TEL AVIV (JTA) —
American-made tanks,
guns and troop carriers cap-
tured by Iraqi forces from
Iran are being transferred
to Jordan. According to
Maariv's military corre-
spondent, the booty also in-
cludes British-made tanks
and guns.

Rabbi Has Heart
Surgery in Ohio

CLEVELAND — Rabbi
Shiomo Goren, the
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of
Israel, is recuperating here
following' open heart
surgery at the Cleveland
Clinic Hospital last week.
Rabbi Goren, who prev-
iously suffered two heart at-
tacks, underwent surgery to
replace damaged arteries
attached to the heart, with
blood vessels from his legs.
Although the operation is
performed routinely in Is-
rael, the Cleveland hospital
is known to have been one of
the pioneers in the proce-
dure. The operation was
kept secret from the chief
rabbi's staff, who thought
he was going to Cleveland
for testing only.

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