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May 28, 1982 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-05-28

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Amitay Looks at '82 Elections

By MORRIS AMITAY

(Editor's note: Amitay
is former executive direc-
tor of the American Israel
Public Affairs Commit-
tee.)

WASHINGTON — In the
1980 Congressional elec-
tions such staunch suppor-
ters of Israel in the U.S. Se-
nate as Jack Javits of New
York, Frank Church of
Idaho, Birch Bayh of In-
diana, Dick Stone of Florida
and John Durkin of New
Hampshire were defeated in
their re-election bids. The
oss of these Senators on key
committees has been incal-
culable.

Javits,
in
the
Republican-controlled Se-
nate would have been
chairman of the Foreign Re-
lations Committee (instead
of Charles Percy) — and
Church, its former chair-
man, the ranking Demo-
crat. Bayh and Durkin were
on the Appropriations
Committee, and Stone was
chairman of the Middle
East subcommittee.
This year a large number
of pro-Israel stalwarts must
face the voters in Novem-
ber. Such well-known
democrats as Scoop Jackson
of Washington state, Pat
Moynihan of New York, Ted
Kennedy of Massachusetts
and Howard Metzenbaum of
Ohio are up, and their re-
election prospects look good
at this point.

But a number of
lesser-known, but strong
supporters face more dif-
ficult races. These in-
clude Dennis DeConcini
of Arizona, Don Riegle of
Michigan, George Mitch-
ell of Maine, Jim Sasser
of Tennessee and Paul
Sarbanes of Maryland
(who serves on the
Foreign Relations Com-
mittee).
On the Republican side,
with only 12 incumbent
seats at stake, interest is fo-
cused on such friends as
John Heinz of Pennsylvania
and John Danforth of Mis-
souri, who appear to be
shoo-ins at this point, and
David Durenberger of Min-
nesota and Lowell Weicker
of Connecticut who have
tougher races.
Weicker, who has been an
outspoken supporter of Is-
rael, first faces a challenge
in the Republican primary
from Prescott Bush, brother
of the Vice President and
then a Democratic foe in
November.
* * *
When journalist Steve
Isaacs wrote his "Jews and
American Politics" in the
early 1970s there were two
Jewish Senators and 11
House members. Today, in
the 97th Congress there are
six Jewish Senators and 27
House members. These
statistics — plus the large
number of Jewish candi-
dates from every region in
the country now running for

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Congress — disprove the
thesis that American Jews
prefer to, work behind the
scenes in politics and shun
running for elective office.
Religious affiliation,
however, is no absolute
guarantee of taking posi-
tions favored by the
majority of the American
Jewish community. Not
all Jewish legislators
vote for the foreign aid
bills containing vital
funds for Israel — and in
two of the most dramatic
Senate votes in recent
years -- the original sale
of F-15 fighter-bombers
to Saudi Arabia, and the
more recent enhance-
ment package including
the AWACS, ex-Senator
Abe Ribicoff of Connec-
ticut in 1978, and Sena-
tors Ed Zorinsky of Neb-
raska and Warren Rud-
man of New Hampshire
in October 1981 voted
with the Administration
— to the disappointment
of many of us.
* * *
After not quite being sure
of how and with whom to
structure its relationships
with the Jewish commu-
nity, the Reagan White
House has finally made two
important appointments.
Coming to Washington
periodically on a volunteer
basis will be Los Angeles at-
torney Al Spiegel.
Spiegel has both impecc-
able Jewish and Republican
credentials and was asked
personally by the President
to assume the task. Active
in the L.A. federation and
on the national Jewish
scene, Spiegel was a Reagan
delegate to the Nominating
Convention back in 1976.
To assist him on a full-
time basis will be AIPAC's
Mike Gale, who will work
out of the White House
Office of Public Liaison,
headed by Elizabeth Dole
(Kansas Senator Bob Dole's
wife).
Spiegel and Gale have a
difficult task to improve re-
lations and ease mutual dis-
trust between the White
House and the American
Jewish community — and
we should all wish them
well in what some here feel
might be a "mission im-
possible."

.

Georgian Jews
Open Synagogue
in Jerusalem,

JERUSALEM (JNI) —
The Georgian community's
Central Synagogue in Jeru-
salem's Romema Quarter
was dedicated earlier this
month.
The Georgian Jewish
community lived in the
Soviet Union for 2,500
years before more than half
of its members made aliya
to Israel. ,,
Jerusalem Mayor Teddy
Kollek noted that the Geor-
gians "were the first to de-
mand the right to come on
aliya."

No man was ever so much
deceived by another as by
himself.
— Greville

Friday, May 28, 1982 19

Taba Boundary Still Dispute

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Di-
rect negotiations between
Israel and Egypt on sover-
eignty over the Taba region
of Sinai south of Eilat have
failed, and the parties must
now move on to a concilia-
tion committee, Foreign
Minister Yitzhak Shamir
told the Israel Bar Associa-
tion last Friday.
He said that if concilia-
tion failed to -reach a
mutually-agreed conclu- -
sion, the final step of com-
pulsorary arbitration by an
agreed arbiter would have
to be taken.
Israel claims that the
pre 1967 border was incor-
rectly marked on the
ground and the line should
have run along the southern
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