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March 11, 1983 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-03-11

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Friday, March 11, 1983 29

Poll: Support for Israel Sustained, Modest Sympathy for Arabs,

A survey of public opinion
in the United States finds
that while there has not
been "any substantial dam-
age" to the support of Israel
by Americans as a result of
Israel's invasion of Leba-
non, there has been "a mod-
est increase in sympathy"
for the Arabs and in particu-
lar for the Palestinians.
At the same time, the
study finds that Americans
view Premier Menahem
Begin much more unfavor-
ably than they do Israel.
The study, "American
Public Opinion and U.S.
Foreign Policy 1983," was
conducted by the Gallup
organization for the
Chicago Council on Foreign
Relations between Oct. 29
and Nov. 6, 1982. It is sum-
marized in the spring issue
of 'the quarterly, Foreign
Policy, by John Reilly,
president of the- Chicago
At a breakfast meeting
with reporters, Reilly
said he was "surprised"
that the report showed no
"erosion of support" for
Israel since the study was
made just after Israel's
invasion of Lebanon and


after the massacre at the
Palestinian refugee
camps in Beirut. But he
said in all areas of U.S.
foreign policy, the survey
found Americans want a
"continuation" of past
The survey is based on a
nationwide sample of 1,547
adults plus personal and
telephone interviews with
341 prominent persons from
government, international
business, labor, academia,
religious institutions, pri-
vate foreign policy organ-
izations and special interest
When the poll asked the
question about "Israel's re-
cent actions in Lebanon," 55
percent of the public r-
sponded that they disap-
proved while 21 percent ap-
proved. Among the leader-
ship group, 68 percent dis-
approved, and 27 percent
The survey showed that
48 percent of the public ap-
proved of President
Reagan's peace initiative
while 21 percent did not.
Among the public, 17 per-
cent believe aid to Israel
should be decreased and 16
percent want it stopped al-
together. Among the lead-
ers, 25 percent want to de-
crease or stop aid.
Forty-eight percent of
the public said they sym-
pathize more with Israel


than they do with the
Arabs while 17 percent
said they sympathize
more with the Arabs.
Reilly, in the Council re-
port, noted that ' various
Gallup polls showed sym-
pathy for Israel dropped
after the Lebanese invasion
in June to an all time low of
32 percent in September.
But by the time the council
survey was taken, it was
back to where it had been
before the operation in
Reilly also noted that
while sympathy for Arabs
rose to 28 percent last Sep-
tember, by the time the
council survey was taken in
November, it was 17 per-
cent, which was still higher
than the 10-14 percent it
had been before last June.
However, "while the pub-
lic syrhpathized with Israel
over the Arabs by 48 per-
cent to 17 percent, they sup-
ported Israel over the Pales-
tinians by a lesser margin,
40 percent to 17 percent,"
the Council report said.
"Opinion leaders were even
more sensitive to the dif-
ference in terminology.
Their support for Israel over
the Arabs (51-19 percent)
dropped to 42-26 for Israel
over the Palestinians."
The survey also asked
the public respondents to
give a thermometer
rating of how they felt

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wide municipal elections,
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in 'Paris' predominantly
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Lang, a Socialist, had
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7:30 pm

"The Importance of the Holocaust to Christians" Reverend

Franklin Littell, Temple University; National Institute of the
"Songs From a World That Is No More" Cantor Harold
Orbach, Temple Israel of West Bloomfield. Original dance and
poetry recitation by U-M students.
"The Holocaust: A Jewish Response" Dr. Irving Greenberg,
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7:30 pm

"The Holocaust Through
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Films: "Now . . . After All These Years" documents different percep-
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Thursday, March 10, 7:30 pm & 9:00 pm at The Hill Street Cinema,
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about various countries,
with 50 degrees being
neutral and anything
above being warm and
below cool. Israel was
rated at 55 degrees, the
same as Italy. It had been
rated 61 degrees when
the council took its last
survey in 1978.
The countries rated above
Israel were West Germany,
59 degrees; Mexico and
France, 60; Great Britain,
68; and Canada, 74. Among-
the Arab countries, Egypt

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and Saudi Arabia were
Those rated above Begin
rated at 52 degrees; Jordan were Pope John II, 70 de-
at 47; and Syria at 42.
grees; British Prime Minis-
When the question was ter Margaret Thatcher, 61;
asked about political lead - Cand'dian Prime Minister
ers, Begin was rated at an Pierre Elliott Trudeau and
unfavorable 45 degrees; 12 Secretary of State George
degrees below the favorable Shultz both 55, President
rating he received in 1978. Reagan, former President
But he was above former Carter, former Secretary of
President Nixon, 38 de- State Henry Kissinger, and
grees; the late Soviet leader UN Ambassador Jeane
Leonid Brezhnev, 31 ; PLO Kirkpatrick, all at 45; Sen.
leader Yasir Arafat, 28; and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.)
the Ayatollah Khomeini, and French President Fran-
cois Mitterrand, 49.
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The Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah
and the
Midrasha College of Jewish Studies
present a


have failed him. His com-
petitor, Gaullist Jacques
Dominati, known as pro-
Israeli, did not especially
seem to court the district's
Jewish electorate.
Israel's main friend
within the government,
Interior Minister Gaston
Defferre, failed to win in
Thursdays April 7, 14, 28 and May 5
Monday's first round and
will have to face a second
run-off election Sunday. It
Mini-Courses 10:30 - 12:00
is the first time that De-
Lunch of 12 Noon
fferre, who has served as
Marseilles mayor since the
Please Choose One Class for the entire four-week period.
end of the war, is in trouble.
A Socialist, he also
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Dr. Joseph Gutmann,
counted on the area's
Professor of Art History, Wayne State University
Jewish vote and even
took time off during the
Martin Buber:
Rochelle Millen, Director of Special Projects, UHS
campaign to pay a brief
Man and His Ideas
Doctoral Dissertation on Martin Buber
visit to Haifa, Israel, to
which his city is twinned.
Topics in Anti-Semitism
Dr. Jonathan Fishbane,
Local observers say some
UHS & Shaarey Zedek High School Principal
Jews failed to support him
Ph.D. in Intellectual European History
because for the first time he
headed a list which included
Yiddish Literature in
Aliza Shevrin,
representatives of the
Communist Party.
Translator of Isaac Bashevis Singer
The government's three
and Sholem Aleichem
other Jewish ministers,
Socialists Robert Badinter
WHERE: Midrasha College of Jewish Studies
and Laurent Fabius, and
Communist Charles Fiter-
21550 West Twelve Mile Road
mann, either did not run or
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did not head a list. Fabius,
budget director, was elected
municipal counsellor in a
small city in the north of 7
The cost of mini-courses and lunches is $36.00
The Minister for Foreign
The cost of mini-courses without lunches is $15.00 Checks can be made payable to the Midrasha
Affairs, Claude Cheysson,
the man the Jewish com-
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Business Ph.
munity generally blames
for what they see as an
anti-Israeli turn in France's
I would like to register for: First Choice (10:30 am)
Middle East policy, was
elected as mayor of the
Second Choice (10:30 om)
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