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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Habib Assures the Israelis His Mission Will Continue

(Continued from Page 1)
they have borne no fruit.
During the week, the fate
of Habib's mission seemed
to hang on the results of dis-
cussions in Riyadh between
Saudi Arabian leaders and
Rif Al-Assad, brother of
President Hafez Assad of
Syria. Al-Assad was dis-
patched to the Saudi capital
on an unidentified mission
which observers interpreted
as a sign that the Syrians
were still willing to
negotiate.
Voice of Israel Radio re-
ported that the Saudis were
trying, so far without suc-

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cess, to convince Syria to
withdraw its SAM-6 anti-
aircraft missiles from the
Bekaa Valley .in Central.
Lebanon.
Observers in Israel
suggested that Habib's
recall to Washington for
"consultations" was in-
tended in part to remove
the growing impression
that his mission was
stalemated or had failed
altogether, a situation
that could lead to an out-
break of hostilities be-
tween Israel and Syria.
The American envoy had
been reported resting in
Jerusalem or playing golf at
Caesarea with U.S. Ambas-
sador Samuel Lewis. Be-
gin's inability to contact
him led the premier to pub-
licly express annoyance at
the lack of information.
Meanwhile, the army
radio quoted well-informed
sources as saying that Syria
began preparing for possi-
ble hostilities with Israel
several months ago, well be-
fore the missile crisis
erupted. The sources said
the Syrians prepared sites
for their heavy artillery
about 20 miles north of the
Israeli border.
Experts noted that the ar-
tillery deployment indi-
cated planned infantry
movement since the Syrian
army acts according to
Soviet military doctrine
which calls for massive ar-
tillery support for ground
troops.
In Washington, both
Reagan and the State
Department took pains to
deny that Habib's mis-
sion had been a failure in
the wake of reports
Habib was returning
after Saudi Arabia had
failed in efforts to con-
vince Syria to accept the
proposal to remove its
SAM-6 missiles from
Lebanon in return for de-
creased Israeli recon-
naissance flights. Habib
had been in Jerusalem
since Saturday, appar-
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swer to the Saudi effort.
Reagan said that Habib
had done "a remarkable job"
since having been sent to
the Mideast. He noted that
three weeks ago, when the
veteran diplomat was
summoned out of retire-
ment to go to the area, it
appeared that Israel and
Syria "were on the verge of
war and that has not hap-
pened."
Department
State
spokesmen continued to
maintain that Saudi Arabia
has "played a helpful role"
in the U.S. effort to defuse
the situation in Lebanon.
But they refused to com-
ment on a statement this
week by the Saudi Ambas-
sador to Lebanon, who said
Saudi Arabia backed the
Syrians and the Palesti-
nians in the Lebanese con-
flict.
The Syrians have moved
soldiers into lookout posi-

tions right on the Israeli-
Syrian border on the Golan
Heights.
Farmers from Kibutz Ein
Zivan said that when they
went out to tend their fields
Wednesday, which go
within a few meters of the
abandoned town of
Kuneitra, they noticed
troops on the tops of the
houses. All buildings in the
town were ruined in the
heavy fighting of 1967 and
1973.
television
Foreign
crews in Israel rushed to
the scene to take pictures
of Syrian troops across
the border. As they
filmed, the Syrian
soldiers a few yards away
waved in response.
Meanwhile, Israeli army
sources disclosed that sev-
eral hundred Libyan
soldiers armed with anti-
aircraft guns, Katyusha

rockets and multi-barrel
launchers, as well as can-
non, have been deployed in
Lebanon over the past few
weeks. They have been
transported into Lebanon
from Damascus and have
been deployed around
Palestine Liberation
Organization bases. Mod-
ern SAM-9 missiles have
been in Lebanon since
mid-April, according to the
sources.
Last week, Arab foreign
ministers meeting in T
vowed to aid Syria ir. y
confrontation with Israel.
Richard Stone, a former
Democratic Senator from
Florida, who is now an in-
ternational lawyer in
Washington, proposed this
week that Lebanon be made
the center of Middle East
negotiations since all the
actors" in the Arab-Israeli
conflict are already in-
volved there.

((

3,000 at Zionism Assembly

NEW YORK (JTA) — addressed to Charlotte
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D- .Jacobson, chairman of the
Mass.) declared that "more World Zionist Organization
governments, including our - American Section, and
own, must learn from the Rabbi Joseph Sternstein,
shining example of Israel in president of the American
combatting the determined Zionist Federation. Mrs.
Jacobson and Sternstein
terrorism of the PLO.
"Addressing 3,000 per- were co-chairmen of the as-
sons at the American As- sembly which was held
sembly for Zionism and Is- under the sponsorship of 55
rael on Sunday, Kennedy major national American
declared that "we must act Jewish organizations at
to stop the terrorists before Lincoln Center.
Reagan, in his statement,
they do their evil work
again and again," in refer- said he welcomed the oppor-
ring to the recent assassina- tunity to "commend the
tion attempts against Zionist movement for build-
President Reagan and Pope ing a society rooted in the
democractic ideals shared
John Paul II.
He also called for the by our country and I sup-
United States to port, as have my predeces-
"strengthen the security of sors, the establishment of a
Israel, our closest friend and modern Jewish state on the
surest ally in the region. We site of the ancient Jewish
cannot and must not jeopar- homeland."
He called Zionism "the
dize the security of Israel by
supplying offensive arms to expression of your com-
its sworn enemies." Ken- mitment to redeem the
nedy said the U.S. "must do land of Israel and to build
more to promote peace and a state, economy and
stability in the Middle East. society that will achieve
Israel and Egypt are a the cultural revitaliza-
strategic cornerstone in the tion, spiritual revitaliza-
broader peace we must tion, spiritual renewal
and economic self-
seek."
He declared that the U.S. determination of the
"must never" set aside the Jewish people in a nation
"'historic achievement" of dedicated to democracy
the Camp David accords "in and liberty for her
a futile effort to appease people."
Zionism as a national lib-
those pledged to an unholy
war against the holy land of eration movement was also
Israel." This was an appar- praised by spokesmen for
ent reference to Saudi Catholic, Protestant and
Arabia which has called for black organizations. Father
a "jihad" (holy war) against John ..Donahue of the Ecu-
menical Commission of the
the Jewish state.
Kennedy charged that Catholic Archdiocese of
the Reagan Administra- New York, said that the "at-
tion has embarked "on tachment of Jews to Israel is
the most extensive re- a true liberation movement,
armament of the enemies something the Jewish
of Israel in modern people have had for several
thousands of years. Thus,
times."
President Reagan, in a Zionism is not merely a
message to the assembly political statement but
which was read by Max rather something deeply
Fisher, chairman of the imbued in the Jewish heri-
Jewish Agency Board of tage as exemplified by
Governors, called Israel "a Jewish liturgy."
major strategic • asset, a
Prof. Franklin Littell of
staunch ally, whose mili-
tary strength stands as a de- Temple University, Protes-
terrent to Soviet aggression tant theologian and
president of the National
in the Middle East."
Reagan's statement was Leadership Conference for

Israel, spoke of "the shock-
ing attack on the Pope,"
which he "has brought
to public attention the curse
of terrorism and the threat
posed to the civilized world
by terrorist action. People
are beginning to under-
stand the burden that Israel
has had to carry for many
years. Now, as in the case of
the Holocaust, people are
beginning to awaken to the
fact that when Jews are as-
saulted and governments
are indifferent, it will not be
long before the terrorists
strike at other shining
targets."
Bayard Rustin, chair-
man of the board of the A.
Philip Randolph Insti-
tute and president of
BASIC (Black Americans
to Support Israel Com-
mittee), called Zionism
"the true liberation
movement of the Jewish
people, which has given
inspiration to liberation
movements around the
world . . ."
The Glad Tidings Temple
Choir of Vancouver, British
ColuMbia, presented the
dramatic and emotional
high point of the day's
events. The 50-member
choir accompanied by 15
musicians, which scored a
concert triumph in Israel
recently, "is contributing $1
million to the Jewish Na-
tional Fund to sponsor the
new kibutz village of Ravid
in Gailil Canada in Isr
Mrs. Jacobson reported.
She quoted from its Pas-
tor, Maureen Gaglardi,
who, together with Father
Jacobs Hurst, accompanied
the choir, as saying: "We are
Christians from Canada
who love Israel. We believe
the Bible teaches that God
requires us to acknowledge
our spiritual debt to
Judaism . . . to do what we
can to repay it."


President Reagan's
Letter is reproduced on
Page 24. The assembly's
Declaration of Faith in
Zionism and Israel is on
Page 62.

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