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February 26, 1982 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-02-26

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

14 Friday, February 26, - 1982

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WASHINGTON (JTA) —
Moshe Arens, making his
first public address as Is-
rael's ambassador to the
United States, stressed
Wednesday that one of his
tasks in Washington is to
convince the U.S. not to sell
sophisticated weaponry to
the Arab countries.
Israel, like the U.S.,
wants the Arab countries to
"be inclined towards the
West and not toward the
East," The envoy told some
800 persons attending the
closing day of the interna-

tional biennial convention
of Bnai Brith Women
(BBW), "The best way of ob-
taining that objective is not
by selling them more
sophisticated arms."
Although Arens did not
deal with specifics, the
women at the convention
who came from throughout
the United States, Canada,
Israel and Ireland, adopted
a resolution expressing to
the Reagan Administration
and to Congress the organ-
ization's "profound concern
with the Administration's

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arms."
The resolution which
delegates presented to
their Senators while visit-
ing them on Capitol Hill
Tuesday, noted that the
Administration sold
AWACS to gaudi Arabia
and now some adminis-
tration officials "propose
to sell Hawks to Jordan,
which has never recog-
nized Israel nor the Camp
David peace process and
which is negotiating with
the Soviet Union."
The resolution added,
"The deeds of the Adminis-
tration seem not to match
its words that promise to
maintain the military edge
of Israel in the Middle East,
both in terms of quality and
quantity of arms." The
BBW resolution stressed
that the organization be-
lieves "the interests of the
United States require
maintaining a strong and
secure Israel."
In his speech Wednesday,
Arens also stressed that the
situation in Lebanon is "not
a struggle between left and
right" as has been depicted
in the U.S., but a "latent
and brutal attempt by Syria
and the PLO to take over
what once was an indepen-
dent country."
He said the reason they
have only been 70 percent
successful is due to Israel's
help for indigenous forces
and because Israel has been
a deterrent to both the
Palestine Liberation
Organization and Syria.
Arens maintained that
the U.S. and Israel objec-
tives and interests are the
same. He listed them as
the prevention of Soviet
penetration into the

Mideast, peace or at least
stability in the area, con-
tinuation of the oil flow to
the industrialized na-
tions and a strong Israel.
But he noted that this
"doesn't always mean you
agree on-how you obtain ob-
jectives" since the two coun-
tries have different percep-
tions. "I will do my level
best to close the gap be-
tween the perceptions."
But he stressed that wh .
"we have had many ups
downs" in the U.S.-Isra
relationship since the estab-
lishment of the Jewish
state, "on the whole the re-
lationship is getting stead-
ily better."
Meanwhile, President
Reagan said that the U.S.
was trying to end the arms
race in the Middle East by
continuing from where
"Camp David left off and
bring about a peace in the
Middle East."
U.S.. policy is "to try to
persuade, particuarly the
more moderate Arab
states, to join in the
peacekeeping process
with Israel," the
President said in re-
sponse to questions at a
nationally televised press
conference in the East
Room of the White House.
Reagan maintained that
if this peace was achieved,
then the only weapons that
would be needed by the
Middle Eastern countries
would be to meet an "exter-
nal threat" from countries
such as the Soviet Union.
In Bal Harbour, Fla., cal-
ling Israel "America's reli-
able friend and ally in the
Mideast," U.S. labor leaders
expressed opposition to the
sale of advanced mobile
missiles and F-16 fighter
jets to Jordan.
In a related development,
Sen. Alfonse D. Amato (R-
N.Y.) sharply criticized the
Defense Department for
"ill-timed and ill-advised"
suggestions calling for the
sale of F-16 jet fighters and
mobile Hawk missiles to
Jordan.
D'Amato addressed
more than 1,200 people at
the 74th annual awards
dinner of Bnai Zion Sun-
day night where Char-
lotte Jacobson, chairman
of the World Zionist
Organization - American
Section and president of
the Jewish National
Fund, received the 1982
Dr. Harris Levine Memo-
rial Award "for outstand-
ing public service."
D'Amato spoke as a
last-minute substitute for
Sen. Bob Packwood (R.
Ore.), who had bec
scheduled to receive Brik...
Zion's 1982 America-Israel
Friendship Award, but
could not attend because of
illness. D'Amato accepted
the gold medal on behalf of
his colleague.

In the lottery of life there
are more prizes drawn than
blanks, and to one misfor-
tune there are 50 advan-
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