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April 15, 1983 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-04-15

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24 Friday, April 15, 1983






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Papandreo u Compares Palestinian Plight
to Greece's Struggle for Independence

Prime Minister Andreas
Papandreou of Greece
called for the establishment
of a Palestinian state
alongside Israel with secure
At a press conference here
earlier this month, the 64-
year-old Greek leader said
his government intends to
"develop and enrich" its
growing ties with the Arab
Papandreou, who was in
Canada to promote Cana-
dian investment in his
country, compared-Greece's
struggle for national inde-
pendence with that of the


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Palestinians' quest for
self-determination. Greece,
he emphasized, has a "soft
spot" in its heart for "any
people" seeking *self-
determination and a home-
heads the Panhellenic
Socialist Movement, has
moved Greece closer to
the Arabs since he took
over as Prime Minister in
the autumn of 1981.
Under Papandreou,
Greece has become the only
member of the European
Economic Community to
extend diplomcatic recogni-
tion to the PLO. Yasir
Arafat, chairman of the
PLO, was the first foreign
dignitary to visit Athens
after Papandreou's election
victory. It was then that
Greece permitted the PLO
to open a mission in Athens.
Israel also has a mission in
the Greek capital.

During the war in Leba-
non, he likened Israel's in-
vasion to Nazi genocide
against Jews. In 1982, wel-
coming Arafat to Greece
after his flight from Beirut,
Pampandreou described-
him- as "this great fighter
for freedom." Not long after
Israel invaded Lebanon,
Papandreou expressed op-
position to Israel's "aggres-
sive and expansionist pol-
icy." At Euorpean Economic
Community meetings,
Greece took the lead in con-
demning Israel.
Papandreou, who was ' a
York University professor
of economics from 1969 to
1914, told reporters that he
understood the Palesti-
nians' desire for sovereignty
because Greece itself has
had a "long and difficult"
Greece has always
fought -to maintain its in-
dependence and territo-
rial. integrity. Therefore,
he explained, it is sym-
pathetic to the Palesti-
Papandreou, the son of a
former prime minister, said
"we have a soft spot in our
heart for any people
struggling for self-
determination . . . and a
In a reference to the 1948
Arab-Israeli war, Papan-
dreou said the Palestinians
had been "kicked out" of
their homeland. This, he
noted, was a "major injus-
tice" which could be re-
medied if they were granted
a homeland.
He said that Israel was
entitled to "secure fron-
tiers" and that the Palesti-
nians deserved a homeland.
(Earlier in the week, he told
'a joint session of the Senate
and House of Commons that
the Palestinians are "fully
justified" . in their demand
for a homeland.)
Papandreou, who re-
ceived an honorary doc-
for of laws degree from
New York University at
the tail end of his Cana-
dian visit, said he would
grant Israel and the PLO
embassy status in Greece

the Arab-Israeli
conflict is resolved.
Asked why his goverment
is pursuing a stronger pro-
Arab policy than previous
Greek regimes, Papandreou
said he was not concerned
what his predecessors had
done or not done. Greece, he
said, was a European, Bal-
kan and Mediterranean na-
tion _which, traditionally,
has had close ties with the
Arab world. It would be
"short-sighted" if Greece
viewed itself exclusively as
a West European country,
he added.
Greece, he went on to say,
intended to develop and
enrich its links with the

Arabs. Greece imports
much of its oil from Arab
countries, and Greek con-
struction firms have landed
hefty contracts in places
like Iraq, Libya, Saudi
Arabia and Lebanon.
In 1981, Greek exports to
the Arab world totaled more
than $1 billion. A press re-
lease issued by the Greek
embassy in 'Ottawa points
out that investors will find
"many attractive and.
unique features in Greece"
— along them proximity to
the Middle East and "excel-
lent political and economic
ties with countries
throughout the Arab

Israel Protest s to Lebanon
on Restriction of Trade

JERUSALEM (JTA) — they are satisfied with the
Israel delivered a "vigorous sense of determination that
protest" to Lebanon against marks the approach of all
the'Beirut government's or- parties to the negotiations.
ders restricting the transit
The talks are now said to
of goods between the two
be in their final stage. The
Israeli officials said the three parties are meeting
protest was made at four times a week instead of
Natanya where the dele- twice weekly as had been
gates of Israel, Lebanon and the case. They spend two
the U.S. convened for an- days in Natanya, and two
other round of talks aimed days in Khalde.
The U.S. has been repre-
at reaching political and se-
sented at the talks by Mor-
curity agreements.
Lebanese delegation ris Draper, a State Depart-
offered no immediate re- ment official with the rank
sponse, but said it would of special ambassador.
refer the protest to the President Reagan's repre-
sentative, special Ambas-
authorities in Beirut.
Israeli sources quoted sador Philip Habib who just
Lebanese negotiators as returned to the region from
saying that the issue of Washington, has now joined
trade would be resolved the talks.
The delegates from the
once an agreement is
signed for the with- -three countries are at-
drawal of Israeli forces tempting to finalize a
draft based on all matters
from Lebanon.
Lebanese merchants agreed upon to date and
have reported that the to draw up an inventory
Lebanese army has set up of issues still outstand-
road blocks in the Beirut ing. -
'Chief among the latter,
area to impound goods
originating in Israel. A according to Israeli sources,
Lebanese newspaper re- is the future role of Israel's
ported Sunday that some ally in Lebanon, Maj. Saad
traders have been arrested Haddad, and the future
presence of the United Na-
for buying Israeli goods.
tions Interim Force in
President Amin Gemayel Lebanon (UNIFIL) in the
recently issued an. edict or- south Lebanon security
dering the confiscation of zone.
goods purchased illegally
The sources said Lebanon
but it is not clear whether has accepted Haddad's con-
this was directed specifi- tinued presence in the zone
cally at Israeli goods.
in some capacity. But it still
Some Lebanese sources refuses Israel's demand that
have accused Israel of Haddad be appointed com-
dumping its products on the mander of a "territorial '
Lebanese market to the brigade" comprised of his
detriment of the local 2,000-man Christian
militia and Lebanese army
Israel insists that trade regulars to maintain secu-
s part of the normaliza- rity in-south lebanon .after
t ion of relations it de- Israeli forces withdraw.
mands from Lebanon. It
s unclear how much Israelis Join
r eference to trade is con- Falashas for
t ained in the agreement
t hat has been evolving Pesach Holiday
between the two coun-
t ries for the past four group of Israelis celebrated
Passover with Falasha Jews
Lebanon is known to be in Ethiopia in a visit or-
e xtremely reluctant to spell ganized by a Tel Aviv tour
o ut the terms of normaliza- company.
t ion in the agreement be-
This was the first time
c ause of the negative effect since
1974 that such a visit
his would have on its trade was undertaken. The group
a nd diplomatic relations
w ith the Arab world. Never- brought with them wine
and matza for distribution
t heless, Israeli sources say among the local Jews.


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