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March 27, 1981 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-03-27

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Senators Criticize
Saudi Arms Sale

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(Continued from Page 1) member organizations in
Saudis) indicated to us that southern California that
if we weren't willing to sell there was "deep disap-
them they would certainly pointment at the an-
take that into regard in nouncement that the Re-
their relations with the agan Administration is
U.S." As a result, he said, proposing - new arms
we were afraid they would sales to Saudi Arabia."
cut off our oil supply if we
At the same time, how-
didn't sell." Packwood eve•, Squadron said, the
suggested that the same Presidents Conference
thesis is developing now.
would be reluctant to press
Dole said he opposed the a national campaign
le because he felt it would against the arms sale if Is-
..crease insecurity in the raeli representatives made
Middle East and appears to it clear. that concessions
be an effort to buy goodwill. from the U.S. offsetting the
He said however that he arms sale were acceptable
was willing to keep an open to them.
mind if it were proved that
He said, "On an issue of
the sale effected Middle such vital importance to Is-
East security.
raeli security we would
Levin expressed doubt have to consider very seri-
that theplanes would be ef- ously whether to mount a
fective against any threats campaign against the sale,
the Saudis might face. "A even though we strongly ob-
realistic assessment indi- ject to the principle that sol-
cates there are three dis- emn assurances to the Se-
tincepotential threats," he nate made by one President
said. These are "internal in- (President Carter) cansim-
stability, typified by the ply be ignored by the next
Moslem fundamentalistof President less than three
the kind that seized the years later."
mosque in Mecca; external
Squadron, who is also the
commando-type raids president of the American
against their oil fields; and Jewish Congress, said he
finally and least likely, an had written to Reagan, as-
invasion from Iraq or Iran serting that such sales were
and even less likely, by the "harmful to American
interests, dangerous to the
In none of these three cause of Middle East peace
cases will the offensive and threatening to our
equipment contemplated country's friend and fellow
in the President's request democracy, Israel."
be useful as either a de-
terrent or weapon,"
Levin said.
Saudis Approve
Speaking in favor of the
proposed sale, Sen. John
Tower (R-Tex.) said the U.S.
Must aid indigenous forces Soviet aircraft regularly fly
• in the area to defend them- over Saudi Arabia with
selves since the alternative, Saudi permission. The
he suggested, would be to planes fly between the
send, American forces. He Soviet Union and Soviet
insisted that the Saudis bases in Ethiopia and Aden,
were motivated by the both within striking dis-
Soviet threat rather than tance of the Middle East oil
any desire to act offensively fields and the Suez Canal.
The State Department
against Israel. He said the
difference between the situ- Confirmed this development
ation now and in 1978 when as Secretary of State Ale-
the F-15s were sold to Saudi xander Haig was preparing
Arabia include the facts to visit Saudi Arabia on his
that the Soviets are not in four-country Middle East
Afghanistan and an anti- trip beginning April 3 to
American regime is in assess means to defend the
power in Iran.
oil fields against Soviet
Speaking at an Israel penetration and possible
Bond dinner on Sunday in takeover.
New York, Sen. Hart called
01,3 the U.S. to offer in- Mideast Funds
sed military, economic to El Salvador
,.,._...1 political support to Is-
rael "not only because it is
morally right" but also be- The $63 million in economic
cause it is "the best inter- aid the White House has de-
ests of our own national se- cided to provide to El Sal-
vador will be taken tempo-
In Los Angeles last week, rarily from economic assis-
Howard Squadron, chair- tance funds already allo-
man of the Conference of cated to Egypt and Israel for
Presidents of Major Ameri- the current fiscal year.
State Department
can Jewish Organizations,
called upon President Re- spokesman William Dyess
agan to "reconsider" the said the funds for El Sal-
"very questionable deci- vador will be taken "in
equal amounts from each
program." Dyess em-
At a special meeting of phasized that this "a tern-
the President Conferehce porary shifting around of
held at the invitation of money and not really taking
the Jewish Federation- something permanently"
Council of Greater Los from the two countries. He
Angeles, Squadron told said the U.S. "is fully com-
350 representatives of mitted to restoring the re-
Presidents Conference programed funds."


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Learn Hebrew

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That's why he began teach-
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Hebrew has been taught
for 10 years at Woodward.
When the class began, the
school had a large Jewish
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elsewhere to learn Hebrew,
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