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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

14 Friday, July 16, 1982

Shultz Ties M.E. Peace to Palestinian 'Aspirations'

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"Beyond the suffering of
the Palestinian people lies a
complex of political prob-
lems which must be addres-
sed if the Middle East is to
know peace."
Under questioning
from Senators, Shultz
said that he regretted
that Israel went into
Lebanon, since he noted
the cease-fire established
by President Reagan's
special envoy Philip

Habib a year ago seemed
to be holding. He noted
that the Israeli action did
not address the major is-
sue, which was the lack of
progress on the Palesti-
nian problem.
He said that the "tre-
mendous amount of
bloodshed" in Lebanon is
appalling to him and others.
"There's got to be a better
way," he said. "Let us try to
find it with more of a sense
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had before."
be disputed because of the
Shultz said it would be hostilities that have been
"unfortunate" if Israel went directed agairist the Jewish
into Beirut. He implied that state. He said he shares the
if Israel did take that action, "-deep and enduring com-
the U.S. might find that Is- mitment" of the U.S. to the
rael had violated U.S. law security of Israel and to en-
by abuse of American wea- sure Israel that it has the
pons for offensive rather "necessary means to defend
than defensive purposes. He herself."
said that the State Depart-
He added that at the same
ment would study whether time, "We owe it to Israel in
Israel has violated U.S. law the context of our special re-
by using U.S. weapons in lationship, to work with her
Lebanon and by the use of to bring about a comprehen-
cluster bombs and that he sive peace — acceptable to
would make this a priority all the parties involved —
item after he is sworn in as which is the only sure
Secretary of State.
guarantee of true and dura-
Shultz said he believes ble security."
the Palestine Liberation
Shultz, president of the
Organization was willing to Bechtel Group, a giant
leave west Beirut. "Their San Francisco-based
problem is that nobody construction and en-
seems to be anxious to have gineering firm, said that
them," he said. He said he 'if confirmed, he will end
could understand this be- all legal and economic re-
cause their presence has de- lations with Bechtel.
stabilized governments.
Shultz, who is being rep-
Shultz also said that the resented by attorney Lloyd
Israeli policy of estab- Cutler who was President
lishing settlements on the Carter's consul, said that he
West Bank has been un- will also sign a statement
helpful to what he said removing him from any
was the necessity to bring "particular matter" that
about "some sense of might come up that would
identity for the Palesti- involve Bechtel.
nians."
Shultz ignored an oppor-
When Sen. Paul Tsongas tunity given him by Sen.
(D-Mass.) said that someone Joseph Biden (D-Del.) to say
in the Administration that he would not rejoin
should get "tough with Is- Bechtel after he left office.
rael about the settlements, Instead, he replied that he
Shultz replied that it de- has enough money so he
pended on what kind of sup- would not have to go to work
port was given in Congress and also has tenure as a pro-
to such a move.
fessor at Stanford Univer-
But Shultz added that sity.
while it may be necessary to
Shultz said that although
get tough, it is much better Bechtel had lobbied against
to press the importance of anti-boycott laws, it was a
peace to the area.
member of the Business,
In his prepared remarks, Roundtable which worked
Shultz stressed that as Sec- out with the Jewish groups
retary of State he would the basis of what became
work for peace in the Middle the anti-boycott law of the
East that would include a Export Administration Act.
self-governing Lebanon, in- He said he believes it is a
creased U.S. friendship "good law" and it has con-
with Arab countries, sup- tributed a reasonable solu-
port for the security of Israel
and an effort to provide for
the aspirations of the Pales-
tinian people.
He said that "the chal-
lenge of the negotiations"
under the Camp David
framework is to go
ahead with the autonomy
talks. "For these talks to
succeed, representatives
of the Palestinians them-
selves must participate in
the negotiating process."
He said later that the rep-
resentative did not
necessarily have to be the
PLO.
In his connection, Shultz
stressed his commitment to
the U.S. position not to deal
with the PLO until they
recognize Israel's right to
exist and until they accept
United Nations Security
Council Resolutions 242
and 338, and he added, "par-
ticularly if they get off this
guerrilla kick."
Speaking of Israel, Shultz
noted that the "rightness" of
Israel's preoccupation with
matters of security cannot

The sun insists on glad-
ness; but at night, when he
is gone, poor nature loves to
weep.
—Bailey

tion to a complicated prob-
lem.
He noted that when
Bechtel complied with the
Arab boycott position there
was no U.S. position.
On Tuesday, Shultz
said that he has no
specific differences on
the Middle East with the
Reagan Administration.
He said his statement
during the 1980 Presiden-
tial campaign that his
only differences with
then candidate Reag- -
was on the Middle Ea
was not made after seri-
ous thought but was just
a reply to a reporter's
question.
"I will be able to make
myself comfortable in this
area with the President,"
Shultz said.
In reply to a question
from Sen. Rudy Boschwitz
(R-Minn.) Shultz said he ag-
reed with the President that
Israel is a "strategic asset."
He said that the U.S. has to
provide for a secure Israel.
Shultz stressed, however,
that "we weaken Israel"
when, in strengthening its
security, there is no parallel
effort to bring about a set-
tlement of the Middle East
issues.
Boschwitz said he disag-
reed with Shultz that the
Palestinian problem is at
the center of Middle East
problems. Boschwitz main-
tained that it is not the un-
derlying and only problem.
Shultz replied that
while there are many
problems in the Middle
East, unless there is a set-
tlement of the Palestinian
issue there are no pros-
pects to achieve peace in
that area.
Shultz was unanimously
approved by the Senate
Foreign Relations Commit-
tee on Wednesday and is ex-
pected to gain early ap-
proval from the full Senate.

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