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January 14, 1983 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-01-14

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, January 14, 1983 5

Amity of Lebanon and Israel Emphasized in Agenda Agreement

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Spokesman Uri Porat
said such reports were
"ridiculous" and "calculated
to fabricate history." It was
inconceivable, he said, that
■ - a superpower would base its
policy-decisions upon "the
caprices of certain officials
and journalists," and he
spoke of the ."infantile
standards" reflected in the
reports.
The Kol Yisrael broad-
casts, purporting to be
based on U.S. official
sources, were bolstered by a
Washington Post report
which spoke of President
Reagan's growing impa-
tience with -Israel over
Lebanon and intimated that
envoy Philip Habib had
brought a tough letter from
Reagan to Begin.
Spokesman Porat denied
there was any such letter.
Habib flew into Israel
Tuesday and was resting in
Tel Aviv Wednesday prior
to his scheduled meeting
0 with Begin on Thursday.
Porat flatly denied the
suggestion that the U.S.
was impatient with Is-
rael's role in the Lebanon
negotiations. He noted
that the U.S. delegation
had "drawn very, very
close to Israel's starting
position" during the talks
so far, which center on
drafting an agreed
agenda for the talks.
Meanwhile, Premier
Begin chaired a meeting of
- top ministers and officials
in Jerusalem Wednesday to
decide on Israel's response
to the latest U.S. draft
agenda proposal. Israeli
sources after this meeting
said that Israel would seek
"certain changes" in the
U.S. text when the
negotiators reconvened in
Kiryat Shmona on Thurs-
day.
But the overall intention
appears to be to accept the
U.S. draft in principle — if
Lebanon accepts it too. On
Monday, at Halde, the
Lebanese rejected an earlier
U.S. draft which Israel had
also been prepared to accept
in principle, with certain
textual changes. -
Midweek reports from Be-
irut strongly indicated that
this time the Lebanese were
prepared to accept the
American draft, and thus

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observers were anticipating
something of a break-
through at Kiryat Shmona,
with the negotiators reach-
ing an agreed agenda after
six rounds of talks.
On Tuesday, State De-
partment spokesman John
Hughes denied the reports
that Begin's visit to the U.S.
was linked to progress in
the Lebanese negotiations.
He also denied that Jordan's
participation in any Middle
East peace talks was linked
to the Lebanon talks.
Before leaving Wash-
ington for Jerusalem,
however, Habib said that
lack of progress in the
Lebanese talks had been
"a disappointment for all
of us."
On Sunday, Sen. Charles
Percy (R-I11.), chairman of
the Senate Foreign Rela-
tions Committee, said he
backed Israel's position in
the Lebanese talks that the
withdrawal of Israeli forces
from Lebanon should be ac-
companied by "businesslike
relations" between Israel
and Lebanon.
At the' same time, the
French Foreign Ministry
announced that resumption
of Franco-Israeli negotia-
tions on cultural ties does
not change France's de-
mand for an immediate
withdrawal of Israeli forces
from Lebanon.
The State Department
suggested Wednesday that
the five-year transitional
period called for in the
Camp Daivd agreements
between the time an au-
tonomy authority was es-
tablished on the West Bank
and Gaza and a final set-
tlements for the territories
was achieved might be shor-
tened if a comprehensive

Middle East peace treaty built.
Washington that Jerusalem Arab right to Jerusalem "is
was reached before the five
The King also said that should remain united but the same as the Arab right
years were up. But State the U.S: officials told him in acknowledged that the to all the territories."
Department deputy
spokesman Alan Romberg
refused to say what the
United States position
would be if this occurred.
Romberg was respond-
ing to questions about a
report from Amman in
which King Hussein of
Jordan said that if Jor-
dan joined the autonomy
negotiatiims he would
support cutting the tran-
sitional period to the min-
imal, "as well as help re-
turn the occupied ter-
ritories to their owners."
In his speech to Jordan of-
ficials following his three
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deal with the cause in an
appropriate manner. The
stand on the initiative then
will have a stage where, ac-
cording to the evaluation of
all observers, the pos-
sibilities of beginning any-
thing will become difficult
and the opportunity be
lost."
Hussein said he received
a letter from Reagan which
gave a U.S. commitment to
use its influence to seek the
"return of the rights" and
"land to their owners." It
was not clear whether Hus-
sein was talking about the
occupied territories in gen-
eral or the land on which Is-
raeli settlements have been

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U.S. Says IDF 'Challenged' Marines

WASHINGTON (JTA) — and their attempts were
The State Department "not helpful and we don't
charged Monday that Is- want it to continue."
raeli troops "challenged"
"We have expressed our
U.S. marines several times concern to the Israel gov-
over the weekend by trying , ernment," Hughes said,
to go through the - "and have made it clear that
checkpoints the Americans the zone of deployment of
are manning on roads near the MNF (the multinational
the Beirut airport.
force consisting of marines
Department spokesman and French and Italian
John Hughes said that • units in Beirut) is closed to
while he would not call the all military forces other
Israelis "threatening," they than those of Lebanon and
had violated an agreement the MNF."

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