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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-08-20

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24 Friday, August 20, 382

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Ambassador Dinitz Dispels 'Misconceptions'
on Lebanon Crisis at Israel Bond Event

By HEIDI PRESS

Former Israel Ambas-
sador to the U.S. Simha
Dinitz described what he
called "misconceptions"
about the Israel invasion of

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Lebanon at the Cong. Beth
Shalom Israel Bond tribute
dinner Monday in honor of
Rabbi David Nelson's 10th
anniversary as spiritual
leader of the congregation.
Addressing nearly 300
dinner guests at the largest
ever Beth Shalom dinner on
behalf of Israel Bonds,
Dinitz said that the Leba-
non crisis "is probably the
most misunderstood and in-
comprensible war."
He said four misconcep-
tions about the crisis had
arisen:
• The reason for the
war is that "they" shot
the ambassador in Lon-
don. Dinitz blasted that
statement, asserting that
the "war became inevita- .
ble a year ago" during the
cease-fire. "The PLO w a s
not allowed to shoot
across the border, but
could kill Jews all over
the world.
"The cease-fire was a
peculiar arrangement,"
Dinitz said. "Cease for us,
fire for them (the PLO). The
sin of Israel was that we de-
cided not to wait like sitting
ducks."
• That Israel would re-
main in its original strike
position. Dinitz scoffed at
that saying that "no war in
history ended the same way
it started." Dinitz added
that it was not Israel's aim
to engage the Syrians, only
to destroy the PLO.
• That because the PLO
held off Israel for eight
weeks they are heroes.
Dinitz decried that miscon-
ception saying that "we
could've gone into Beirut in
24 hours." Israel didn't
want to settle it militarily,
but politically so that so
many lives wouldn't be lost,
he added.
• That Israel went into
BeirUt to kill the Palesti-
nians. Dinitz assailed

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At a recent parlor in advance of the tribute dinner
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Tarnoff, $200,000
in Israel Bonds were sold. Pictured, from left, are:
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guest speaker; Mrs. David Nelson; Rabbi Nelson;
honoree; and Howard Tapper.

that reaction, asserting
"we have never equated
the PLO with the Palesti-
nian question."
He added, "The fact that
Israel will let the PLO out
alive is already taken for
granted. I don't know of any
other event in history where
the enemy was let out
alive."
On the question of a peace
agreement, Dinitz said that
Israel was apprehensive. He
explained that the PLO
signed 49 agreements with
Arab countries and never
honored any of them. "What
makes you believe they'll
honor an agreement with
Israel?"
On the international
force, he remarked "Israel
has been compromising"
and said "Israel will not
shoot Americans, the
French, maybe." He lauded
U.S. special envoy Philip
Habib for his efforts in the
crisis.
Taking a different tack,
Dinitz gave examples of
the lack of Arab solidar-
ity. He said that the Sy-
rians were in Lebanon,
not to protect the PLO,
but to guard their own
positions in the country.
• In a second example,
Dinitz said that the Arabs
have been trying to convene
a conference but can't agree
on an agenda.
On sending the PLO to
other Arab countries, Dinitz
reminded-the audience that
"not a single Arab country
volunteered to take PLO.
All are volunteering where
not to send them.
"Saudi Arabia said 'we
will pay for their tickets if
you don't send them to
Saudi Arabia.' Jordan
would take them if they had
Jordanian citizenship and
didn't have criminal re-
cords. Do you know of any
PLO members who didn't
have a criminal record?"
He added that the
"Arab hatred of each
other is equal to their
combined hatred of Is-
rael."
He described the cost of
the invasion in economic
terms, saying that it al-
ready cost about $3 billion.
That 100,000- men were
mobilized "is a terrible blow
to the economy."

He concluded his talk
with an appeal for Jewish
unity. "We should put what
is essential above what di-
vides us." He called for a
"unity of purpose."
Nearly $350,000 in Israel
Bond subscriptions were
realized at the dinner.
Greetings from the Conser-
vative rabbis of Detroit and
from former Detroiters
Rabbi and Mrs. Alan Lucas
were read.
Cantor Samuel Green-
baum, accompanied by Lil-
lian Zellman, sang the an-
thems. Rabbi Benjamin
Gorrelick gave the invoca-
tion and recited Hamotzi,
while Rabbi Max Weine
chanted the Birkat.
Dinner co-chairman Har-
vey Farber welcomed the
guests, and co-chairman
Howard Tapper introduced
Dinitz.
Beth Shalom President
Dr. Barbara Goodman pre-
sented greetings on behalf
of the congregation. Na-
tional campaign co-
chairman of Israel Bonds,
David Hermelin, appealed
on behalf of the Israel Bond
campaign and Israel. The
tribute to the honoree was
given by Rabbi Efry Spectre
of Adat Shalom Synagogue.

Atlanta AJC
Chapter Urges
King Holiday

MARTIN LUTHER KING

ATLANTA •— The At-
lanta chapter of the Ameri-
can Jewish Committee has
issued a resolution asking
the Georgia State Legisla-
ture to declare the birthday
of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
martyred civil rights
leader, as a state holiday.

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