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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-01-09

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Palestinian Sovereignty, Jewish Settlement Rights Not Exclusive

By ALON BEN-MEIR

ST. LOUIS — Political
observers who have studied
Prime Minister Begin's au-
tonomy plan and the sub-
sequent Camp David ac-
cords have found that Be-
gin's plan offers the Pales-
tinians the best prospect for
a just solution to this prob-
lem.
The focus of the autonomy
plan, at least from Begin's
viewpoint, is on the ques-
tion of the Jewish right to
settle in Judaea and
Samaria, which he believes
must be an integral part of
any agreement. A distinc-
tion must be made here be-
een Jewish sovereignty
,,ver Judaea-Samaria and
the Gaza Strip and the
Jewish right to settle in
those areas.
To Begin, the inalienable
Jewish right to settle in
Judaea and Samaria does
not negate or compromise
Palestinian national aspi-
rations, whether for self-
determination or for any
other form of political self-
expression. Begin's suppor-
ters reason that the fact
that 500,000 Israeli - Pales-
tinians are citizens, and
that they are able to live
peacefully alongside the Is-
raelis provide a clear-cut
example of co-existence.
Why, the argument
continues, should 30,000
or 50,000 or even 100,000
Jews living in Judaea
and Samaria be any
different?
Currently, one million
Palestinians and roughly
15,000 Israelis live in the
West Bank and Gaza Dis-
trict. Regardless of eco-
nomic opportunities or reli-
gious fanaticism, no one
contemplates a massive
outpouring of Jews to these
territories. None of the Is-
raeli settlements have dis-
placed Arabs, and almost all
of the settlements have
been built on unused,

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doned, or unclaimed land.
Every demographic study
confirms that a Jewish
presence in these territories
would not offset the over-
whelming Arab majority.
However, the principle of
the Jewish right to settle
and peaceful co-existence
must first be accepted by the
Palestinians. Only then can
the final status of these ter-

ritories be defined.
All proVisions in the
Camp David accords point
to this eventuality: sover-
eignty over the region is not
to be confused with the in-
alienable Jewish and Pales-
tinian right to live in any
part of the West Bank or
Gaza District.
In fact, long before
Begin made his plans

Major Hotel Construction
Already Under Way in Israel

By RALPH LISTER

Israel Government
Touri4in Administration

NEW YORK — Numer-
ous new hotels will open
soon or have begun con-
struction in Israel, accord-
ing to Uzi Michaeli, Israel's
commissioner for tourism to
the United States.
Two new five-star luxury
properties will be open for
the traditionally busy
Passover-Easter season 'of
1981. The 150-room King
Solomon Sheraton in
Jerusalem, the Sheraton
Hotel Corp.'s second Israel
hotel, will be located on
King David Street overlook-
ing Mount Zion and the pic-
turesque Mishkenot
Shaananim neighborhood.
In Tel Aviv, the Carlton
Penta, a 282-room property
on the city's Mediterranean
shore, will be the first Euro-
pean hotel chain deluxe
hotel in Israel. The Penta
Hotel chain is owned by a
consortium of European air-
lines, including British
Airways, Lufthansa and
Swissair.
A third-all-new hotel,
the Eilon Tower, a
,member of the four-star
Basel Hotels Group, re-
cently opened in
Jerusalem. Located
within a new skyscraper
in the center of
downtown Jerusalem,
each of the hotel's 120
fully appointed rooms
and roof-top restaurant
have magnificent views
of the Holy City.
In addition to the King
Solomon Sheraton, Carlton
Penta -and Eilon Tower, a
number of new hotels are in
varying stages of develop-
ment:
• The Dan hotel chain
took over the 129-room Dan
Natanya Hotel (formerly
the Four Seasons) in the
Mediterranean resort town
of Natanya during 1980.
Dan is adding a new 80-
room wing to its premier
King David Hotel in
Jerusalem, and plans to
manage a new four-star
Laguna Hotel opening in
1982 in the Red Sea resort of
Eilat. Additionally, the
350-room Dan Eilat Hotel,
Eilat's first five-star hotel,
is scheduled for a 1983 open-
. ing.
• Hyatt International
has three major Israel

hotels in various stages of
planning and construction.
The Hyatt Regency
Jerusalem will be a 600-
room five-star hotel and re-
sort on the city's "French
Hill" near Mount Scopus.
Hyatt also plans two
hotels as part of the port city
of Haifa's new beach resort
complex, both due for 1983
opening: the 228-room five
star Hyatt Regency Haifa
Beach and the 344-room
four-star Hyatt Haifa Be-
ach.
• Israel Resort Hotels
Chain has taken under its
wing, sales for Jerusalem's
120-room, garden-style
Holyland Hotel. The chain's
107-room 'four-star Galei
Eilat will open in Eilat in
1981.
• In addition to its Eilat
and Tel Aviv properties, the
Laromme Chain plans a
mid-1981 opening of the
Laromme Jerusalem, an ar-
chitecturally stunning
312-room, five-star hotel lo-
cated opposite the city's
Liberty Bell Garden.
• Jerusalem's four-star
Ramada Shalom Hotel is
presently adding a major
new wing and when com-
pleted in 1981 will total 700
rooms, making the Ramada
Shalom Israel's largest
hotel.
• In addition to its new
Sheraton King Solomon in
Jerusalem, Sheraton will be
the first international hotel
chain in Eilat when its
five-star 150-room resort,
the Eilat-Sheraton opens in
1983.
• The Shiff Hotel Chain,
already Israel's largest-
, hotel chain- has five new
hotels under construction:
In Jerusalem, the Amen
House Hotel (four stars, 250
rooms, late 1982 opening);
in Tel Aviv, the Hotel Haim
(four stars, 250 rooms, De-
cember 1982 opening); the
Marina Eilat Hotel (350
room beach resort opening
1983); the Marina Dead Sea
Hotel (250 rooms, opening
1984); the beach-side
Marina Haifa Hotel and
Country Club (250 rooms,
opening 1984). A 450-room
deluxe hotel in Jerusalem,
The New President, is, i n the
planning stages.

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The best way to do good to
ourselves, is to do it to
others.

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known at Camp David,
Israelis from his own
party and from the oppo-
sition who were familiar
with them came to recog-
nize that "self-rule" was
the code word for the
eventual return of the
West Bank and the Gaza
District to the Arab
Palestinians. Certainly,
neither Begin nor his
close associates, they
reasoned, could have
possibly spelled this out
publicly without being
politically ruined.
Begin knew all along, it is
maintained, that neither
Sadat nor the Palestinians
could concede territory and
expect to survive politically.
For this reason, Begin had
to devise the appropriate
mechanism that would
grant the Palestinians the
eventual right of self-rule,
guarantee Israel's security,
give the plan the opportu-
nity to be implemented suc-
cessfully (which is why
Begin insisted on an
interim period of five years),
and establish the distinc-
tion between sovereignty
and the right to settle
through a process that
would be palatable to both
sides.
Begin's position has gen-
erated much support from
within his own party and
the Labor Party . Israel's
former foreign minister,
Moshe Dayan, was a
staunch supporter of this
plan. He believed that only
through co-existence could
peace be eventually
achieved. Dayan resigned,
however, from the Israeli




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In the final analysis,
Jewish settlements are con-
sistent even with Palesti-
nian sovereignty, just as
much as the existence of
Arab villages in Israel does
not negate Israeli sover-
eignty over its own national
territory.

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Cabinet because he felt that
Begin had no intention of
relinquishing sovereignty
over the territories after the
interim period.
This, Dayan reasoned,
would virtually turn Israel
into a bi-national state,
once the demographic facts
of life became operative
under conditions of equal-
ity.
Ironically, Begin is ac-
cused by both the right
and the left of forsaking
his political and ideologi-
cal commitments. On the
one hand, he is criticized
for not annexing the West
Bank and Gaza, and on
the other, he is con-
demned for selling out to
the Palestinians.
Certainly, an under-
standing of the Begin for-
mula makes his cautious
authorization of Jewish set-
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