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June 11, 1982 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-06-11

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22 Friday, June 11, 1982


Israel Invades Lebanon to Protect Galilee Settlements from PLO

(Continued from Page 1)
The terrorist groups
have utilized the period of
the cease-fire, since July
1981, to re-establish and
expand their bases and for-
tifications in Lebanon, a
country which they have
virtually destroyed, with
the help of their Syrian
patrons, acquiring and sta-
tioning there large quan-
tities of tanks, missiles, ar-
tillery and ammunition.
Similarly, they have con-
structed an extensive offen-
sive infrastructure — in-
cluding roads, ammunition
stores, missile emplace-
ments — all of which is di-
rected to one purpose: use
against Israel and its civi-
lian population.
"This situation is proof
that the cease-fire has long
since lost all meaning:
clearly, the terrorist organ-
izations, by their very na-
ture, do not constitute a
body that respects interna-
tional norms.
"The PLO shelling at-
tacks of recent days show
that life and property in
Israel are in constant
danger. The destructive
capability now in the
hands of the terrorists is
far greater than that
which they controlled
last year, when they sub-
jected the towns and vil-
lages of Galilee to a war
of attrition.
"The threat they pose
today is therefore greater,
giving rise to the necessity
of self-defense on the part of
the state of Israel, whose
government has the natural
and legal responsibility for
the safety of its citizens and
its territory.
"In the situation that now
exists, there is no room for
further delay, and any
further warning to the ter-
rorists, after the repeated
warnings of the past, would
clearly be of no avail, since
the purpose of the terrorists
is to use their arsenal
against Israel, with the
explicit aim of its destruc-
tion .and the murder of its
"It should be noted that
Lebanon; whose territory
the terrorists have usurped,
is totally unable to prevent
their presence and their ac-
tivities against Israel and
its citizens. In fact, very
large parts of the Lebanese
population share Israel's
view of the situation and of
the malignant and un-
wanted presence of the ter-
rorists on their sovereign
"Israel respects 'Tile
territorial integrity and
the sovereignty of Leba-
non. It has never aspired,
nor does it now aspire, to
any change in the inter-
national border between
the two countries; but it is
not prepared to suffer a
war of attrition waged by
the PLO against it from
Lebanese territory.
"Israel's action against
the PLO serves not only Is-
rael's aims but also the
interests of the entire inter-
national community that
has been suffering from the
terrorist plague, of which
the PLO has been the prin-

cipal sponsor."
* * *
Leon Dulzin, chairman of
the World Zionist Organiza-
tion and Jewish Agency
Executives, cabled Zionist
federations all over the
world this week urging the
Jewish people to express
solidarity with the Israel
government's decision to
invade Lebanon in what he
called "the just fight . . . to
put an end to the destruc-
tion and the bloodshed in
Dulzin urged Jews to "un-
ite today in the common
task, bear the responsibility
together and pray for the
success" of the operation.
* * *

Presidents Unit
Defends Israel

In New York, the Confer-
ence of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organ-
izations on Tuesday called
on the Reagan Administra-
tion to "express understand-
ing" of the danger posed by
Palestinian terrorists in
southern Lebanon to Israel
and thus to reject any pro-
posal to impose sanctions on
the Jewish state for its mili-
tary operation inside Leba-
According to Howard
Squadron, chairman of
the Presidents Confer-
ence, this would include
any direct or unilateral
actions which may in-
clude an international ef-
fort at the United Nations
to impose sanctions on
Israel. He said the U.S.
should also reject any at-
tempt , to "punish or
penalize" Israel, adding
that this is not the way to
deal with Israel. Lebanon
on Tuesday asked for an
urgent meeting of the UN
Security Council.
Squadron told reporters
that "the battle Israel is
conducting is the battle that
all democracies" should
engage in, that against in-
ternational terrorism. He
stressed that as Israel has
indicated in the past, it has
no intention of occupying
Lebanon but wants to rid
the Palestine Liberation
Organization from the
southern area of Lebanon to
prevent any further shel-
ling of Israeli settlements in
northern Israel.
The Presidents Confer-
ence called upon the Reagan
Administration to also join
Israel "in a diplomatic of-
fensive" around the world
aimed at "outlawing and
quarantining the PLO, of
expelling the PLO from in-
ternational agencies in
which it is now participat-
ing, and of punishing any
state that furnishes finan-
cial, military or political
support to the PLO."
"In so doing, in joining
with Israel against the PLO
our country will demon-
strate there is common con-
cern interest that refuses to
countenance terrorism, a
common commitment to the
values of human liberty
and human dignity."
The concern expressed
by the Presidents Con-
ference over the possibil-
ity of the Reagan Ad-

ministration imposing
sanctions on Israel
stemmed from last sum-
mer when following the
Israeli attack on the Iraqi
nuclear facility, the U.S.
withheld delivery of air-
craft. The delivery was
withheld further when
Israel, just one month la-
ter, launched an attack
on Palestinian terrorist
bases in Beirut, killing
scores of people.
The Presidents Confer-
ence said that Israel "asks
only that a Lebanese gov-
ernment or international
peacekeeping force guaran-
tee that the region will not
serve as a launching ground
for renewed violence
against Israel. All Ameri-
cans who love peace and
cherish democracy, and who
recognize that our own
country's security depends
on the ability of democratic
societies to defend their citi-
zens, will understand and
support Israel's action."
Media reports indicate
that since Israel invaded
Lebanon at noon Sunday,
its forces have advanced
more than double the 40
kilometers (25 miles) north
of the border that Premier
Menahem Begin said was
their objective. Begin as-
sured President Reagan on
Sunday that the sole aim of
the Lebanese action, dub-
bed "Operation Peace for
Galilee" was to push Pales-
tinian forces beyond rocket
and artillery range of
northern Israel. That objec-
tive was apparently
achieved after the first day
of fighting.
Begin has also repeatedly
urged Syria to stay out of
the fighting and promised
President Hafez Assad that
if he complied, the Syrian
army would not be engaged
by Israel.
Reports Tuesday indi-
cated that the Israeli
forces were taking pains
to avoid contact with Sy-
rian units, although the
Israelis reportedly have
shot down at least 22
Syrian jets since the
fighting began. A warn-
ing was reportedly also
sent to King Hussein of
Jordan on Wednesday to
stay out of the fighting.
If Damascus reports of a
massive Israeli air attack

on the missile sites in the bring its forces home" and weapons from Israel in
Bekaa Valley are confirmed called on the world's nations recent months to bolster
Iran in its war against
it would mean that Israel to stamp out terrorism.
has taken the action it has
PLO chief Yasir Arafat Iraq.
* * *
been threatening for more appealed to the Soviet
than a year. When the Union to aid the PLO
SAM-6 missiles were de- against the Israelis and Invasion OKd
ployed in eastern Lebanon Iran's Foreign Minister
in April 1981, Israel called for a united Is- The Knesset on Tuesday
threatened to destroy them lamic front to oppose Is- overwhelmingly defeated a
if they were not removed. rael's invasion.
motion, of no-confidence
That crisis prompted
The foreign minister, Dr. presented by the Hadash
President Reagan to call Ali Akbar Velayati, speak- Communist Party against
veteran diplomat Philip ing in New York, scoffed at the government's invasion
Habib out of retirement to reports that Iran has pur- of Lebanon. The vote was
defuse the situation. Habib chased $27 million in 94-3.
is now on his sixth mission
* * *
to the region.
The reports of the air
battle over the Bekaa Val-
UNITED NATIONS members of the council,
ley came only hours after
Habib arrived in Damascus (JTA) — Arab delegates at also condemned Israel
from Jerusalem, reportedly the United Nations are for non-compliance with
conveying Israel's condi- planning to call for an the earlier calls to stop
tions for ending the fighting emergency session of the the hostilities and reiter-
General Assembly follow- ated its demand "that Is-
in Lebanon.
Tuesday night's United rael withdraw all its mili-
Damascus Radio claimed
tary forces forthwith and
Wednesday that its forces States veto in the Security _ unconditionally to the in-
downed _10 Israeli jets and
ternationally recognized
lost five of their own. There demning Israel for its action boundaries of Lebanon."
was no confirmation of any
U.S. Ambassador to the
The U.S. voted against
air casualties by Israel.
the resolution in the Secu- United Nations Jeane
A military spokesman rity Council which de- Kirkpatrick, speaking after
announced that as of manded "that within six the vote, said that the U.S.
noon Tuesday Israeli hours all activities must be vetoed the resolution be-
casualties in Lebanon stopped" in Lebanon in cause it was not "suffi-
amounted to 31 dead, 144 compliance with two earlier ciently balanced to end the
wounded, seven missing resolutions unanimously cycle of violence in Leba-
and one downed pilot adopted by the Security non." She said that the ob-
taken prisoner. The pilot Council.
jection of the U.S. govern-
was later murdered by
The resolution proposed ment was to end the
civilians and his body that in the event of non- bloodshed in Lebanon and
dragged through the compliance by Israel, the the proposed resolution did
streets. There was no council would meet again not provide the conditions
mention of Palestinian "to consider practical ways needed for a just and lasting
and means in accordance peace in the region.
In France this week, with the charter of the
- ." This Yehuda Blum later coun-
leaders of the world's seven United Nation S
largest industrial nations phrasing means the imposi- tered Soviet statements
appealed to Israel and the tion of sanctions on Israel in during the Security Council -4F
meeting that the Israeli in-
Palestinians "to cease firing case of non-compliance.
The , proposed resolu- vasion was designed to
simultaneously and end all
military activities in tion, which was sup- annihilate the Palestinian
Lebanon as well as across ported by the other 14 people.
the Israeli - Lebanese bor-
The seven included
Presidents Reagan and
Francois Mitterrand, and
Wednesday evening, Is-
Israel anticipates a dip-
the Prime Ministers of Bri- lomatic visit to Jerusalem raeli Defense Minister Ariel
tain, Canada, Italy and by U.S. Secretary of State Sharon confirmed that Is-
Japan as well as the West Alexander Haig today, to rael had attacked Syria's
German Chancellor and press for a speedy end to missile batteries in Leba-
representatives of the warfare in pursuance of non's Bekaa Valley. Sharon
European Economic Com- President Reagan's demand said 20 Syrian MiGs were
munity, who warned that that Israeli troops be with- shot down in what Western
a continuation of the fight- drawn from Lebanon.
observers described as the
ing "could have disastrous
Israel Ambassador to the biggest air battle since
consequences for the whole U.S. Moshe Arens em- World War II.
Sharon said the attack on
phasized Thursday that Is-
On Tuesday in London, rael will submit to a cease- the missile installations _
Reagan called on Israel "to fire the moment Syria ends was a "turning-point" in Is-
its attacks on the forces oc- rael's invasion of Lebanon,
cupying the Lebanese claiming that within a few
areas. He charged that the hours all Israeli towns in
war escalated when Syria northern Israel would be ;-
out of range of terrorist roc-
entered the conflict.
Christian Lebanese are kets and artillery.
being drawn into the Israeli
occupying units in the task Incentive Tours
undertaken to oust the PLO Provide Hedge
from Lebanon.
President Reagan sent Against Inflation
an urgent message to
Jerusalem Wednesday tive group tour travel to,410.,
evening, again appealing rael is growing fast foil.
to the Israelis to end the ing successes achieved witn
fighting and withdraw such groups from the
their forces. On Thurs- United States and Canada.
Amnon Ben David, incen-
day, Reagan was to meet
in West Germany with the tive and group travel execu-
foreign minister of. Saudi tive of Israel Ophir Tours,
Arabia to discuss the said that incentive business
couldeasily double over the
Lebanese situation.
covery and demands were
Reagan said he was ask- next year or two. Incentive
made to close the Palestine ing Congress to provide $25 rates, which are booked 18
Liberation Organization million in relief and emer- months in advance, are
fully guaranteed.
office in London.
gency aid to Lebanon.

Envoy Argov Still Critical

hospital bulletin early this
week said Israeli Ambas-
sador Shlomo Argov has
shown marginal improve-
ment but remains uncon-
scious and is still in critical
The 52-year:old envoy
underwent surgery last
Friday after he was shot
through the head in an as-
s7assination attempt by an
Arab outside a London hotel
late Thursday night. The
terrorist and three ac-
complices were captured by
Meanwhile, the Board of
Deputies of British Jews
h .eld a rally at the Royal
Albert Hall where prayers
were said for Argov's re-

U.S. Vetoes UN Resolutio




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