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September 25, 1981 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-09-25

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, September 25, 1901 43

Detroit Chapter of AIPAC Urged to Mobilize a Major Drive
for Community-Wide Opposition to Saudi Arabia AWACS

Critical events caused by
the Reagan Administra-
tion's unswerving prop-
aganda in support of the
$8.5 billion arms deal for
Saudi Arabia, including the
sale of AWACS, compels or-
ganized efforts to coun-
teract the menacing situa-
tion, some 200 members of
the Detroit Chapter of the

American Israel Public Af-
fairs Committee (AIPAC)
were advised at a luncheon
meeting at Cong. Shaarey
Zedek on Monday.
U.S. Senator Rudy Bos-
chwitz (R—Minn.) joined
Tom Dine, executive direc-
tor of AIPAC, and Janet
Aranoff, chairman of the
Detroit AIPAC chapter, in
appeals for action to con-
vince members of Congress
to reject the proposed sale-
when it comes up for a vote
in the next five weeks.
Sen. Boschwitz, who
heads the Middle East sub- -
committee on the Senate
Foreign 'Relations Commit-
tee, described the dangers
inherent in the proposal
backed by President Re-
agan and Secretary of State
Alexander Haig, and
encouraged a massive
correspondence to members
of Congress urging defeat of
the Administration's atti-
tude on the serious issue.
The Minnesota senator
was critical of the com-
placency of the Admin-
istration spokesmen. He
gave an outline of the
dangers impending from
the proposed AWACS
sale and expressed the
hope that in addition to
the 50 senators who
signed the resolution in

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length of time, even with
the AWACS.
"If the motive for the
sale is protection of Saudi
Arabia, and not a demon-
stration of its influence
with the United States,
hen the Western world
would be better served
3y continuing the present
irrangement of the U.S.
kWACS and backup
equipment"
Boschwitz, an early cri-
ic of the sale, said he is not
:onvinced that U.S. officials
lave a clear understanding
)f why the Saudis want the
,lanes.

RUDY BOSCHWITZ

opposition to the sale six
more may be induced to
join the opposition to the
President and State De-
partment.
Borschwitz said, "Even if
the Saudi AWACS were
kept flying with American
help and provided addi-
tional warning time, the
Saudis cannot completely
stop a determined bombing
attack from Iran. And that,
despite its internal and
military problems, is this
year's rationale for the con-
tinued Saudi arms buil-
dup."
Boschwitz said that if the
Saudis came under attack
from a major power, such as
the Soviet Union, they
would need help from the
United States.
"The Saudis simply do not
have the trained manpower
in sufficient quantities
necessary to maintain a
credible defense for any

Kreisky Urges
PLO Recognition

BONN (JTA) — Chancel-
lor Bruno Kreisky of Au-
stria is trying to convince
the West German govern-
ment that it should recog-
nize the Palestine Libera-
tion Organization, sources
in the ruling Social Demo-
cratic Party (SPD) said.
Kreisky, visiting West
Berlin, appeared on state
television to explain his
friendly attitude toward the
PLO and his belief that PLO
chief Yasir Arafat has
shown "moderation."
According to Kreisky,
former West German Chan-
cellor Willy Brandt, shares
his opinion of Arafat. "If you
do not believe me, ask
Brandt," the Austrian
view-
leader told Gel* view-
ers. SPD sourc re said
their party is
regular
consultation with Kreisky
on the Middle East and
other issues.
Kreisky is pressing Bonn
to take a more active role in
mediating the Arab-Israeli
conflict, the sources said,
and their consultations
often find expression in in-
itiatives by the Socialist In-
ternational, currently
headed by Brandt.
Brandt is presently in
Vienna for meetings with
Kreisky, and West German
Chancellor Helmut
i Schmidt is expected to go
there in a few days.

"Some think that if w e
live the Saudis what they
want, the Kingdom may
eventually provide the
facilities needed to make it
possible for us to defend
them." This, according to
Boschwitz, is a "vague
hope," which even some
U.S. officials acknowledge
has not been worked out.
Tom Dine similarly out-
lined the existing threat to
the peace in the Middle
East.
Both exposed the in-
tolerance stemming from
Saudi Arabia and its
Jihad — Holy War —
threats to Israel.
Ridiculing the claims
that Israel gets excessive
Rid from the United States,
Sen. Boschwitz said that

Saudi Arabia benefits more
in a year from U.S. dollars
than Israel.
Janet Aranoff reported on
the progess of AIPAC in
Michigan and deplored
its membership has not ex-
ceeded 600, in the nominal
countrywide enrollment of
only 12,000. She urged or-
ganized tasks in behalf of
Israel and expressed the
hope that in Michigan the

AIPAC membership will
grow.
"The menacing situation
is too serious for us to be
complacent," she declared.

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