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April 22, 1983 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-04-22

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Alleged Reagan Ptomise on Golan Worries s Israel

(Continued from Page 1)
meaning of Resolution 242
and its application to all as-
pects of the Middle East con-
flict.
Radio Monte Carolo, an
Arabic language station in
Paris, reported that Reagan
sent his letter to Assad last
Sunday on the occasion of
Syria's National Day, which
celebrates Syrian indepen-
dence at the end of the
French Mandate. According
to this report, Reagan em-
phasized that the United
States is determined to ex-
pand Middle East negotia-
tions based on Resolution
242 which, he reportedly
said, deals with the West
Bank, Gaza Strip and the
Golan Heights, in order to

establish real peace in the
region.
State Department de-
puty spokesman Alan
Romberg refused to
make public the contents
of Reagan's letter but
said the Syrians could do
so if they wished. The
Wall Street Journal re-
ported Monday that Re-
agan had "hinted" to
Syria that the U.S. may
demand that return of the
Golan Heights be in-
cluded in any future
peace negotiations.
The Knesset voted in De-
cember 1981 to apply Israeli
law to the Golan Heights,
an act viewed in most quar-
ters as de facto annexation
of the territory captured
from Syria in the 1967
CLOSING "q 1 Six-Day War.
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tions. But Israel had
made it clear that it has
no intention ever to re-
linquish the Golan
Heights.
Shamir said at Tuesday's
Cabinet meeting that the
Reagan letter was appar-
ently intended to improve
the climate of the U.S.-
Syrian relations in order to
advance prospects for the
withdrawal of all foreign
forces from Lebanon.
The United States and Is-
rael both hope that once an
agreement is reached be-
tween Israel and Lebanon
on withdrawal of Israeli
forces from Lebanon, the
Syrians will cooperate by
making a simultaneous
withdrawal of their own
troops from Lebanon and
that the remaining units of
the Palestine Liberation
Organization would leave
with them.
But Israeli policymakers
are anxious that American
efforts to improve relations
with Damascus do not lead
Washington into pledging
concessions from Israel
which it cannot deliver.

Israeli Soldier
Killed in Ambush

TEL AVIV (JTA) — An
Israeli soldier was killed
last week and another was
wounded when two army
vehicles came under small
arms fire from an ambush in
the Dier-el-Kamar region of
the Shouf mountains in
Lebanon.
The attack brought the
number of Israeli casualties
since the war in Lebanon
began last June to more
than 470 killed and about
2,600 wounded.
Meanwhile, Defense
Minister Moshe Arens paid
a visit last Thursday to Maj.
Saad Haddad at the latter's
home in Marjayoun in south
Lebanon to discuss "matters
of mutual interest," accord-
ing to aides. Arens was ac-
companied by the Chief of
Staff, Gen. Moshe Levi and
Gen. Amir Drori, comman-
der of the northern region.
Haddad's Christian militia
put on a military display for
the visitors. -
Haddad reportedly told
Arens he was stepping up
his recruitment drive for
the militia .which Israel in-
sists must control security
in south Lebanon after Is-
raeli forces are withdrawn.

Trade Mission

TEL AVIV — A high-
level delegation of Israeli
industrialists led by Minis-
ter of Industry and Trade
Gideon Patt will meet
American business coun-
terparts in a first Israeli
Executive Mission to the
U.S. during the next two
weeks.
The group will visit
Washington, D.C., San
Francisco, Chicago, Mem-
phis, Orlando, Miami and
New York.

The procrastinator is not
only indolent and weak but
commonly false too; most of
the weak are false.
—Lavater

Minister
Defense
Moshe Arens told the
Knesset's Foreign Affairs
and Security Committee
on Wednesday of "worry-
ing military prepara-
tions" by Syria. But he
conceded that Israel is
not certain whether those
measures were being
taken in preparation for
aggression against Israel
or for defense against a
feared attack by Israel.
Arens warned on a televi-
sion interview a week ago
that the Israeli army must
be alert and vigilant on the
eastern front in Lebanon
because of military moves
on the Syrian side of the
line. He said at the time,
"This does not mean there
will be war," but the possi-
bility could not be ruled out
and Israel must keep on
guard.
Meanwhile, tensions
were heightened by the
presence of two Soviet elec-
tronic surveillance ships in
positions just off the Israeli
and Lebanese coasts. They
were first reported by
Haaretz and Israel Televi-
sion filmed them from a
low-flying plane.
Israeli sources said the

"spy ships" are capable of
monitoring all broadcasts
inside Israel and Lebanon.
Such vessels off Israeli coas-
tal waters are not new, but
Moscow normally employs
only one in the eastern
Mediterranean.

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• • •

ZOA LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Dear Mr. President:
We are deeply troubled and dismayed by your decision to suspend the delivery of the
F-16 aircraft to Israel on the pretext that such action would contravene the "spirit of the
law" governing the transaction. We respectfully submit, that to view Israel's campaign
in Lebanon as "offensive" and thus a breach of the agreements relevant to the supply of
arms to Israel runs counter to all evidence to the contrary.
Your administration has displayed unwarranted irritation and impatience towards a
loyal friend and ally, whose objectives in Lebanon are identical with those of the United
States; these are —to restore Lebanon's central authority and sovereignty, to seek the
withdrawal of all foreign forces from its territory, and pave the way for peaceful
relations between Israel and an independent Lebanon capable of safegarding its
territorial integrity and controlling those forces which brought it to the brink of collapse
and disintegration.

The administration clings to the belief that the Lebanese government now has the
capacity, authority and power to govern, and to thwart the reemergence of the PLO,
which under the protection of Syrian arms, stands poised to regroup and reestablish its
base of operations against Israel.

Israel believes that your assessment of the competence of the Lebanese government
and army is factually flawed. Indeed,- a recent Congressional study confirmed the
glaring inadequacies of the Lebanese army to effectively exercise its control over the
whole of Lebanon,. Under these circumstances, Israel's insistence on adequate security
safeguards in Southern Lebanon as a pre-condition to its withdrawal is fully justified.

You know and we know, Mr. President, that Israel is more than eager to bring its forces
home as early as possible. However, it cannot do so until its minimal security
requi re rrfe nts-arm_ satisfied.

We believe it ill behooves our-government to pressure Israel into a precipitate and risky
withdrawal by a certain arbitrary date; which — according to media reports — is keyed
towards enticing Jordan's King Hussein to the negotiating table. It now appears, that
even the added inducement of a settlement "freeze" in Judea and Samaria, was not
enough to propel the Jordanian monarch to embrace the Camp David peace process.

It is easy, Mr. President, for a super-power like the U.S. to browbeat and "punish" a
proven friend and ally by applying military and economic sanctions, of which the denial
of the F-16s is the latest manifestation. Such strictures, however, are not likely to
advance the peace process in the Middle East, nor are they in keeping with our
country's cherished tradition of keeping faith with its allies and friends.

We earnestly urge you, Mr. President, to act promptly and forthrightly in approving the
delivery of the F-16s to Israel.

Sincerely,
Irving Laker, President Sidney Silverman, Chairman

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