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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-06-11

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Friday, June 11, 1982 69

End to Saudi Appeasement Sought

The Anti - Defamation
League of Bnai Brith is cal-
ling on the Reagan Ad-
ministration to end the "ap-
peasement" of Saudi Arabia
that has been a hallmark of
U.S. policy in recent years
under Democratic and Re-
publican Administrations
According to Abraham H.
Foxman, ADL's associate
national director and head
of its international affairs
division, there has been for
almost a decade the illusion
that Saudi Arabia is a mod-
erate, pro-Western, stable
friend of the U.S., a reliable
ally, and a partner in
America's Middle East
peacemaking efforts.
Foxman made public a
40-page ADL Research Re-
port documenting a long re-
cord of anti-American ac-
tions by the Saudis which
have resulted in a 1,159
percent increase in the price
of world crude oil over 1973
(from $2.70 to $34), have
sabotaged the Camp David
peace process, and financed
such anti-American, pro-
Soviet elements in the Mid-
dle East as Syria, Iraq and
the Palestine Liberation
The report, titled "The
U.S. - Saudi Relation-
ship," was presented at a
session of ADL's 69th an-
nual National Commis-
sion at the Grand Hyatt
Hotel in New York.
"It is time for Washington
to recognize that the Saudi
regime is . . . dependent on
the United States for its se-
curity and survival," the
ADL report said, this "un-
derlying reality," it went
on, is "too often forgotten by
U.S. policymakers in Wash-
ington who have fallen all
over themselves to meet
Saudi demands and to pass
Saudi litmus tests" without
requiring reciprocal treat-
ment from the Saudis.
The record shows, the
ADL report said, that "in
moments of crisis, when the
security and the survival of
the Royal Family and its re-
gime are clearly at stake,
the Saudis inevitably turn
to the United States.
The ADL report added:
"Saudi policy is based on
two considerations: fear and
weakness. Fear and the
knowledge of their own
weakness prompts the
Saudi princes to pay protec-
tion money — 'baksheesh'
— to the pro-Soviet revolu-
tionary forces in the Arab
The ADL set forth the
following "Bill of Par-
ticulars" pointing out
that Saudi Arabia: Has
waged sustained eco-
nomic warfare against
the U.S., the Western
industrialized nations
and lesser developed
countries for a decade or
more; has refused to sup-
port the Camp David
peace process. despite
this country's repeated
pleas to do so and despite
the 1978 sale of sophisti-
cated American F-15
military jets to the Saudis
and the 1981 sale of F-15

enhancement equipment,
1,177 heat-seeking Side-
winder air-to-air mis-
siles, seven KC-135
tanker planes, 22
ground-based radar sta-
tions, and five AWACS
surveillance. planes.
Also Saudi Arabia broke
relations with President
Anwar Sadat of Egypt after
he signed the peace treaty
with Israel; — Finances
pro-Soviet enemies of the
U.S. in the Arab world —
Syria, Iraq and the PLO;
has flirted diplomatically
with the Soviet Union; has
permitted Soviet over-
flights of its territory, and
allows the transshipment of
Soviet war supplies for revo-
lutionary Iraq through its
territory and ports.
Saudi Arabia also is
financing reconstruction of
the Iraqi nuclear reactor de-
stroyed by the Israeli Air
Force in the summer of
1981, and is financing the
building of an Islamic
atomic bomb by Pakistan.
It also has refused to per-
mit the establishment of
U.S. military bases on its
soil for the defense of Saudi
oil fields and the entire Per-
sian Gulf; put extreme pres-
sure on Oman to withdraw
permission for the U.S. to
use Omani territory for
military maneuvers related
to the defense of the Persian
Gulf (The Saudis and other
Gulf states under Saudi
influence offered the Sulta-
nate of Oman $1.2 billion if
Oman would cancel the
agreement allowing the
U.S. access to its territory
and military facilities.) •
The Saudis insist that
Israel, not the Soviet
Union, is the main threat
to Saudi and Persian Gulf
security; objected to, and
for a time blocked,
American oil purchases
to fill the U.S. Strategic
Petroleum Reserve; de-
nounced the U.S. effort to
rescue the American hos-
tages held by the Kho-
meini regime in Iran as
"American military ag-
gression"; repeatedly be-
lied its claims to "mod-
eration" by calling for
jihad — holy war —
against Israel and by dis-
seminating blatant anti-
Jewish propoganda.
The whole "conventional
wisdom" of Saudi Arabia as
a moderate, stable, pro-
Western friend and ally of
the U.S., the ADL report
-says, is propagandist
mythology promulgated by
an array of pro-Saudi

friends and paid agents
active on the American
Among these, the report
says, are lawyers, public re-
lations experts, an array of
State • Department
"Arabists," former ambas-
sadors who have served in
Arab capitals, and major oil
companies such as Exxon,
Texaco, Mobil and Standard
Oil of California, who are
pertners in the Arabian -
American Oil Co.
ADL states, "has, in large
measure, shaped the way
Americans and their gov-
ernment perceive Saudi
Arabia and the Saudi Royal
The ADL report was pre-
pared by Jerome H. Bakst,
director of the agency's Re-
search and Evaluation De-
In a related develop-
ment, the ADL called on
the United States to con-
demn Saudi Arabia for
severing relations with
Costa Rica over the lat-
ter's decision to move its
Israel embassy from Tel
Aviv back to Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Nathan
Perlmutter, national direc-
tor of the ADL, warned that
"neutral arms salesmen"
pose a greater danger to Is-
•ael and the Jewish people
than outspoken anti-
The "soberest" lesson for
the Jewish community,
came according to Perlmut-
ter, in the debates over the
sale of AWACS reconnais-
sance aircraft to Saudi
Arabia and proposals to
supply modern U.S.
weaponry to Jordan.
"It was a debate in which
anti-Semitism figures late
and only incidentally and
whose stench exceeded its
substance. The Saudis were
not nearly so much helped
by anti-Semitism as they
were by Semitically neutral
arms salesman," Perlmut-
ter told 400 ADL leaders
attending the agency's
four-day National Commit-
tee meeting.
Perlmutter, in his an-
nual report, said Ameri-
can Jews are questioning
who their real friends
are. In that connection,
he noted that "The more
liberal one's Christian
theology, the less likely is
that person to harbor
anti-Semitism; the more
fundamentalist, the more
likely to harbor anti-
But, Perlmutter added,
"the theologically liberal
National Council of
Churches, long a leader in
Christian - Jewish dialogue,
has — again — adopted
positions favorable to the
Palestine Liberation
Organization, ignoring Is-
rael's security and ignoring
the PLO's resolve to undo
the Jewish State."
On the other hand, he
said, "theologically conser-
vative fundamentalists .. .
support Israel's security
needs. The one is aca-
demically sympathetic to
religious differences but in
action is allied with those

who would kill Jews; the
other is academically unac-
cepting of our religious dif-
ferences, but in our need be-
comes a friend in deed."
Meanwhile, Kenneth
Bialkin, a New York attor-
ney, was elected national
chairman of the ADL, suc-
ceding Maxwell Greenberg
of Los Angeles who held
that post since 1978. Bial-
kin, 52, is chairman of the
American Bar Association's
Section on Corporation,
Business and Banking Law.
Last week, two ranking
State Department offi-
cials told the assembled
ADL leaders that the East
- West Madrid talks have
become a weapon with
which to call the Soviet
Union to account for
human rights violations.
Elliott Abrams, assistant
secretary of state for human
rights and humanitarian af-
fairs, and Lawrence Eag-
leburger, undersecretary of
state for political affairs,
addressed an ADL luncheon
honoring Max Kampelman,
chairman of the U.S. dele-
gation to the Madrid meet-
ing on the Conference on
Security and Cooperation in
Europe and to the U.S.
Commission on Security
and Cooperation in Europe.
The national meeting
also heard a jurist who is
one of America's leading
Constitutional authorities,
warn against, "tinkering
with the fundamental law of
our land" to permit prayer
in public schools.
California Supreme
Court Justice Stanley Nosk
said that advocates of a pro-
posed Constitutional
amendment to introduce
prayer in public schools are
steering this country
towards a form of state-
sanctioned religion.
At the same time, lead-
ing Evangelical Baptist
official, James M. Dunn,
executive director of the
Baptist Joint Committee
on Public Affairs, de-
nounced "quick fix
evangelism" and warned
Americans of all faiths to
beware of high powered
"hucksters" of religion
who "prey on people
while claiming to pray for
The national meeting was
the occasion to introduce a
new, comprehensive secon-
dary school curriculum "to
help students recognize, re-
sist and reject the blan-
dishments and propaganda"
of right and left extremist
The ADL Curriculum,
entitled "Extremists
Groups in the United
States," is a three-part vol-
ume containing 14 lesson
plans on how to identify and
combat extremist ideology
and organization.

`Shalom Dallas'

Jewish Federation of
Greater Dallas has or-
ganized a "Shalom, Dallas"
program to locate, welcome
and bring Jewish newcom-
ers into the rapidly growing
Dallas Jewish community.

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