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January 21, 1983 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-01-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, January 21, 1
47
Aguda Hits Tuition Credit Foes

Security Expert Says Greed Guides U.S. Mideast Policy

KIAMESHA LAKE, N.Y.
(JTA) — "Commercialism
— economic greed — rather
than the best security inter-
est of the United States is
dominating our policy," Dr.
Joseph Churba, head of the
Center for International Se-
curity, told the national
board of Hadassah at its
opening session of the mid-
winter meeting here at the
Concord Hotel.
Dr. Churba, a former top
official in the Arms Control
and Disarmament Agency,
said that now that Eugene
Rostow, who was dismissed
last week after a stormy te-
nure as the director of the
same agency, following the
resignations of Secretary of
State Alexander Haig and
National Security Adviser
Richard Allen, "the pro-
Saudi Arabian group is in
full control, and those who
believe in the intrinsic val-
ues of Israel as America's
best ally in the Middle East
are no longer represented
among the policy makers."

Dr. Churba stressed that
'It is now up to Congress
and the people of the United
States to let the President
know that they value the Is-
rael connection. And I am
not referring to the Jewish

community. The general
American public and re-
tired military leaders who
are free to express them-
selves, all understand the
geo-political importance of
Israel in the Levant."
Furthermore, Churba
said, "If the present Ad-
ministration team should
attempt to exert leverage
on Israel in favor of the
Palestinians to placate
their Saudi-Arabian
clients, Israel could 'go it
alone.' "
Dr. Churba said that "Is-
rael has assumed a new
military significance for the
U.S." He pointed out that
"within the space of one
week (during the Lebanon
war) it destroyed $3 billion
worth of Soviet equipment
and captured $2 billion
worth of the same, while
utilizing no more than 11
percent of its capabilities.
Were the superior Israeli
war technology and tactics
grafted onto the NATO
capabilities, it would be
possible to eliminate the
Soviet superiority on the
Central Front."
Israel, he pointed out,
"has military self-
sufficiency, superior man-
power and advanced
technology. One cannot

stabiliie the Middle East
theater without Israel any
more than Western Europe
without West Germany, or
the Far East without Ja-
pan."
Dr.
Churba
downgraded the threat of
a general Arab-Israel
war for the balance of
this decade saying "Arab
military power has virtu-
ally collapsed not-
withstanding the Soviet
replenishment to Syria.
The Persian Gulf region
remains the epicenter of
global politics and
whichever way the Iraq-
Iran war goes, Saudi
Arabia stands to lose.
Events there will prove
paramount to the Pales-
tinian issue."
Calling Secretary of State
George Shultz, Defense Sec-
retary Caspar Weinberger,
and President Reagan's
special envoy to the Middle
East, Philip Habib, "the
boys from Bechtel," Dr.
Churba asserted that as
long as policy making is in
their hands U.S. power and
diplomacy will be irrelevant
in the region."
The three Secretaries
were officials of the Bechtel
Corp. before joining the Re-
agan Administration.

Given Bechtel's business
interests in Saudi Arabia,
many Congressmen and
Jewish leaders were con-
cerned that they would
"tilt" toward Saudi Arabia
in their Administration
functions.
"But Saudi Arabia is no
longer the all-powerful
banker who pulls the
strings," Dr. Churba said.
"Between the oil glut and
the world-wide depression
— as well as the religious
and political ferment in the
Arab world — it is a country
at risk..and growing weaker.
Its importance to the pre-
sent U.S. team is not as a
guardian of the Persian
Gulf but as a market for
U.S. goods."
Dr. Churba maintained
that the Administration
will continue its present
campaign of pressuring Is-
rael and threatening to
legitimize it until 1983-
1984.

NEW YORK — Agudath
Israel of America, the
ultra-Orthodox group
headquartered in New
York, has blasted Jewish
organizations which have
intervened in a court case
against a Minnesota tuition
tax credit law.

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FRI., JAN. 21 thru MON., JAN. 3

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Elected to Post

NEW YORK — Rabbi
Irwin E. Witty has been
elected chairman of the
Bureau Directors Fellow-
ship, the association of di-
rectors of central agencies
for Jewish education.

The Aguda called the
Jewish federations and
community relations coun-
cils opposed to tuition tax
credits for private schools
"irresponsible . . . in fight-
ing the interests of Jewish
education."

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