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March 04, 1983 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-03-04

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Generals, Admirals
Advocate Stronger
U.S.-Israel Accord

For Zionist
The Devoted and
the Record of
Some Reversals

NEW YORK (JTA) — President Reagan was urged, in
an open letter signed by 130 retired American generals and
admirals, "to revitalize the strategic cooperation between
the United States and Israel, thereby enhancing the safety
and well-being of the free peoples of the world."
The letter, which appeared in the form of a full-page
advertisement in the New York Times on Sunday, drew

comment from the Defense Department, which was also
reported in the Times. The Times stated, "A Defense De-
partment official said . . . that the advertisement appeared
to be part of a campaign to persuade the United States to
agree to a memorandum of understanding with the Israelis
that has already been rejected."
(Continued on Page 12)


A Weekly Review

Commentary, Page 2

of Jewish Events


Dignities and Their
Reversals, and
the Testing of
Campaign Pledges

Editorials, Page 4

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March 4, 1983

Obstacles Continue to Block
Accord for Lebanese, Israel

NY Mayor Ed Koch Regrets
Lebanon Canceled Visit

TEL AVIV (JTA) — New York Mayor Edward Koch said in Israel
Wednesday- he was sorry the Lebanese government had withdrawn an earlier
invitation to him to visit Beirut. "But I'm not annoyed with them. Their
withdrawal of the invitation was apparently due to a misunderstanding," he
told a press conference.
Koch, who is on a tour of Israel at the invitation of the Foreign Ministry,
said his itinerary had been well-known and publicized in advance.
"Everybody knew that I planned to helicopter up to Kiryat Shmona and
go, on from there into southern Lebanon. I had
not originally planned to go into the city of
Beirut itself from there, as it is not controlled
by the Israelis. I had hoped to see the American
Marines who are on the outskirts of the city," he
Koch said the U.S. Administration had
suggested that he should not go to southern
Lebanon or Beirut "directly from Israel.
They suggested I go there via Cyprus or
Syria — not through Israeli-held territory.
"But I said I would not do that — go to
Beirut via Syrian-held territory of Lebanon,
but not via that (territory) at present controlled
by Israel," Koch said.
The mayor said he had accepted a proposal
by Philip Habib that he go to visit an American
aircraft carrier off Beirut, and thence into Be-
irut. "This would have been two trips — one to
American territory represented by the carrier,
and thus again from America to Beirut. But
that plan has now fallen through, because of
(Continued on Page 5)

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A clash between the Israeli and Lebanese delegates marked the
19th round of talks aimed at a political and security settlement in Lebanon, -held in the
Lebanese town of Khalde Tuesday morning.
The plenary meeting, at which the United States was a participant, lasted only 15
minutes. Afterwards, the delegations adjourned for private consultations and later re-
sumed talks on the subcommittee level.
But there was reportedly an angry exchange between the chief of the Lebanese
delegation, Antoine Fatale, and his Israeli counterpart, David Kimche, after
Kimche made it clear that Israel has not changed its position in response to new
offers from Lebanon. A spokesman for the Lebanese delegation accused Israel of
"intransigence" on grounds that it is not prepared - to accept Lebanon's com-
promise proposals for mutual relations and security arrangements.
Lebanon's proposals were conveyed to the Israeli leadership by U.S. special Ambas-
sador Philip Habib. Israeli sources said they would be considered this week by the ministe-
rial steering committee on the Lebanese negotiations. The differences between the two
sides on security arrangements in south Lebanon were said to be over details but were
"basic" with respect to the normalization of relations. -
Meanwhile, tension was reported to be rising between Israeli forces in Lebanon and
the small international group comprising the United Nations Truce Supervision Organ-
ization (UNTSO) which was established after the 1948 armistice agreements.
The Israelis accused UNTSO of extending its patrols recently to the Beirut-Damascus
highway in violation of an agreement confining the observer force to Beirut. They also
charged UNTSO with passing information about Israeli troop movements to Syrian and
other forces.
A spokesman for UNTSO, which consists of only 50 officers, rejected the Israeli
complaints. He said the UNTSO mandate specifically requires it to monitor the
situation "in and around Beirut."
Meanwhile, Israel Radio 'reported that a group of Palestinians in Lebanon have
declared their readiness to make peace with Israel in order to "put an end to what we have
been suffering for 34 years."
According to the report, about 70 Palestinians, including professionals and the chiefs

(Continued on Page 6)

Israel Public Support
Is at Pre-War Levels'

Reagan: Israel Can't Tehethons, Events
Remain a Fortress
for '83 AJCampaign

NEW YORK (JTA) — The American public con-
tinues to support Israel more than the Arab nations,
according to a new Gallup poll which was released by the
American Jewish Committee which commissioned the
The poll was conducted by the Gallup organization
Jan. 21-30, with a nationally representative sample of
1,515 adults aged 18 and older. Those who were polled
were asked: "In the Mideast situation, are your sym-
pathies more with Israel or more with the Arab na-
The findings showed that the sympathies of the
American public toward Israel had returned to the
pre-Lebanon crisis proportions: in favor of Israel,
49 percent; in favor of the Arab nations, 12 percent;
22 percent said they- favored neither Israel nor the
Arabs, while 17 percent said they did not know nor
have the answer to the question.
The poll also revealed that persons in higher income
brackets and formal education are more likely to express
sympathy for Israel. The support for Israel among col-
lege educated persons was 56 percent, while support for
Israel among those with less than high school education
was only 42 percent. The findings also showed that
people in the western part of the country sympathize
(Continued on Page 6)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Reagan
cautioned Israel last week that it cannot "go on forever
living as an armed camp" and saidits security depended
on "the same kind of relationship" withkits neighbors as
it now has with Egypt.
The President spoke at some length on the Middle
East during a question-and-answer session with about
• 50 newspaper editors, re-
porters and columnists in-
vited to breakfast at the
White House. In the
course of his remarks he
spoke of the need to pro-
vide "something in the na-
ture of a national home"
for the Palestinian people.
But he promptly qualified
that by asserting that "no
one has ever advocated
creating a nation."
The President said
he was "a little sur-
prised at the wind that
started blowing" when
he pledged that the U.S.
(Continued on Page 8)

Approaching the, climax of an anticipated record-
setting philanthropic aim, the final stages of the 1983
Allied Jewish Campaign and Israel Emergency Fund
are planned for the coming weeks, with a report meeting
scheduled for 9:15 a.m. March 20 at United Hebrew
Speaker at the report • meeting will be Israel's
former Ambassador to
France, Walter Eytan. He
is currently chairman of
the Israel Council of In-
ternational Relations and
of the Israel-France Asso-
Campaign General
Chairman Joel D. Tauber
said that while the 1983
Campaign is showing im,
pressive results, "we still
have much to do before we
can meet our respon-
sibilities to our local and
overseas beneficiaries."
He urged that all who
have not yet made their
(Continued on Page 10)

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