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June 25, 1982 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-06-25

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Friday, June 25, 1982 5

Israelis Backed by Lebanese, Renewal of PLO Terror Predicted

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invasion has been long
overdue. Having failed
politically and diplomati-
cally to rid Lebanon of Sy-
rian and Palestinian occu-
pation, we became more and
more convinced that Leba-
non could only be freed by
military action," Chamoun
said. He added that because
of PLO behavior in Lebanon
and its attacks across the
border with Israel, "we
knew that there would come
a time when Israel would
ave to perform that surgi-
peration which we had
unable to accomplish."
Chamoun, whose party
has backed the leader-
ship of Major Saad Had-
dad in that country's
southern enclave,' noted
that Lebanese Christians
had warned Palestinian
and Arab leaders that the
PLO behavior in his
country would ultiMately
evoke an Israeli re-
He said that "warnings
also went to the Western
world which was at one time
prepared to 'see Lebanon
disappear under the Pales-
tinian and Syrian boat, not



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realizing that in so doing wounded, orphaned or made
they were in reality making a refugee.
of Lebanon a gift to the
"It is a serious mistake for
Soviet Union."
peace in the Middle East if
But he stressed that the the present crisis is ad-
outcome of Israel's action dressed only in Syrian or Is-
was a 'greater source of raeli terms without ad-
worry to his party than the dressing the concerns of the
invasion itself. "Will this fi- Lebanese people. The U.S.
nally mean freedom, secu- should be committed to sus-
rity and the end of a night- tain the sovereignty and in-
mare," he asked, "or will tegrity of Lebanon and
U.S. pressure once again make sure that it will not be
force a solution of com- compromised in any way."
promise which will satisfy
Meanwhile, informed
no one and just perpetuate
the miseries of the inhabi- sources in Jordan have pre-
dicted a new wave of ter-
tants of that region?"
activity by Palesti-
Iri response to a question,
Chamoun offered a series of nians in Western Eruope,
steps to bring an end to the directed primarily against
fighting and the restoration Jewish targets but at
American isntitutions as
of authority to the Lebanese well,
the Dutch newspaper
army and government.
Handelsblad reported
He called for a "complete
withdrawal of all foreign Tuesday. The paper's corre-
troops from Lebanon i" be- spondent in Amman, Harm
ginning with the Palesti- Botje, said that according to
nians, who would be fol- the Jordanian sources, a
lowed by Syria's forces and fierce debate is going on
finally by those of Israel. among Palestine Liberation
Chamoun also appealed for Organization and other ter-
the establishment of a mul- rorist leaders who have
tinational force "to help the taken refuge in west Beirut
Lebanese army control the after the defeat of the PLO
by Israel in Lebanon.
situation in Lebanon."
The radical wing of the
Calling American par-
appears to be pre-
ticipation essential, he
said "The United States `Nailing, the sources said,
cannot remain outside particularly the group
and just looking over the around George Habash
fence." Also essential for who heads the Popular
a lasting solution, Cha- Front for the Liberation
moun said, is the holding of Palestine.
Habash and his followers
of free preidential elec-
concluded that as a re-
tions and the receipt of
substantial foreign polit- sult of the rout of the PLO
in Lebanon, large-scale ter-
ical and economic aid.
In Detroit on Wednesday, rorist activity abroad is the
"enforce the
the Detroit Free Press only way to
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printed the following letter
Begin Describes
to the editor, written by Dan
Ferris of the Katayeb Capitol Session
Charitable Organization:
"Americans of Lebanese
descent are appalled by the his return to Israel on Wed-
coverage of news about nesday, Prime Minister
Lebanon. Too many voices Menahem Begin called his
have been raised about the session with U.S. Con
Israeli invasion. Compared gressmen before his depar-
to that, only few articles ture as "very good, bene-
were written about the Sy- ficial, and even warm." He
rian - PLO occupation for said the "troubling" ques,
tions he was asked did not
the last seven years.
"To the majority of offend him. He said one
Lebanese, the PLO - Syrian member of the Senate
forces are unique only in the praised Israel's action in
_ferodity of their violence. Lebanon and 4tone young
Their actions have hardly Senator, who made the best
been matched in callous speech I heard in a long
brutality since Hitler's time," praised the Lebanon
Holocaust. More Lebanese operation but castigated
people have been killed by Begin's West Bank policies
the Syrians and the PLO and urged a cut in U.S. aid
than in all Arab - Israeli because of it.
Begin said he responded
wars, including the latest
to this by observing that aid
"The roots of the "is not a one-way street."
Congressional observors
Lebanese crisis lie in the
influx of hostile Palesti- described the session as one
nian and Syrian forces of the toughest sessions
and other foreign ele- with a foreign leader ever.'
Meanwhile, several
ments into Lebanon. The
PLO camps became hundred Israeli women
training grounds for in- demonstrated in Jerusalem
ternational terrorists. on Wednesday against the
The Syrian army, which war in Lebanon as - new
entered Lebanon as a fighting erupted between
peacekeeping force, has Syrian and Israeli forces
become an army of occu- along the Beirut-Damascus
pation committing road.
In Washington, Israeli
genocide against the in-
nocent Muslim and Ambassador Moshe Arens
Christian Lebanese civi- told the National Press
Club that Israel had de-
stroyed the PLO during the
"As a result of the foreign Lebanese fighting, making
intervention, one of every it unnecessary for Israel to
four Lebanese people have ever have to negotiate with
either been • killed, the terrorists.

rights" of the Palestinian
people to self-determination
and a homeland, Botje re-
During his two days of
talks with - President Re-
agan, Prime Minister Begin
this week advocated estab-
lishment of a multi-
national force in Lebanon,
led by the U.S., to keep the
peace: The Reagan - Begin
talks- were described as
"blunt" by observers.
The President told Begin,
according to observers, that
he would be "less than
enthusiastic" about U.S.
participation because of
problems this proposal
would encounter in Con-
gress. But according to the
official, the President "will
make a final decision at the
appropriate time in the best
interests of the peace and
security of the region."
While Reagan and Begin
were meeting in the White
House _on Tuesday, some
1,500 persons gathered G.
Lafayette Park and then



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marched past the White .
House in a demonstration of
solidarity with Israel.
Sen. Alan Cranston
(D-Calif.), who addressed
the rally which was spon-
sored by the Jewish
Community Council of
Greater Washington, said
the Israeli military oper-
ation provides an historic
opportunity to stabilize
the region, including ef-
forts to ensure Israel's
Cranston said that with
the military defeat of
Soviet-made Syrian
weapons by the
American-made Israeli
weapons, the U.S. will no
longer be susceptible to
Saudi Arabian or Jordanian
threats to buy Soviet mili-
tary equipment. He also
called for the withdrawal of
foreign forces, including
Israel, from Lebanon.
In related developmeAts
the Senate Foreign Rela-
tions Committee and the
House Foreign Affairs


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