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• VOL. LXXXIII, No. 10
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May 6, 1983
Orthodox Consider Sanctions
on Patrilineal Descent Issue
Blanchard Lashes Erosion
of U.S. Support for Israel
By ALAN HITSKY
Governor James Blanchard may be unpopular with some Michi-
gan residents for hiking the state's income tax, but he certainly had
many fans on Sunday at the Israel Independence Day festivities at the
Jewish Community Center.
Blanchard received three standing ovations from the 1,000 persons
who jammed the Center gym. He made a strong, emotional speech in
support of Israel and called on the Reagan Administration "to work
with Israel, not against her."
"All of us are here because a tiny nation surrounded by enemies
has survived creatively for 35 years," Blanchard said. "Americans have
a common bond with Israel . . . It is unfortunate that Israel's struggle
for survival is far from over."
Blanchard said that the average American's view of Israel is
"far from what it was. People now talk about Israel as if it were
just another country. They forget its unique characteristics and
our unique relationship with her."
The governor blamed the erosion of American support for Israel on
"oil and petrodollars."
"Israel is not only an ally," he said, "but our strongest ally in the
Middle East and our only democratic ally. We must do more for those
precious few democratic allies around the world that we have."
Blanchard said the erosion of American support for Israel has been
seen in several of the previous U.S. Administrations, but he singled out
the Reagan Administration for particular blame.
"They have made concessions to the Arabs and reneged on
our pledges to Israel. The Administration policies have offered
the delusion that U.S. pressure (on Israel) can deliver to the
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SPRING GLEN, N.Y. (JTA) — Rabbi Gilbert Klaperman, president of Rabbinical Council
of America, reported Tuesday at the 47th annual convention of the Orthodox rabbinical organ- -
ization, that he had appointed a commission to study whether the RCA should continue its
association with Reform and Conservative rabbis in umbrella agencies.
Klaperman said the decision to name such a commission, headed by Rabbi Sol Roth,
honorary national RCA president, stemmed from the action of the Central Conference of
American Rabbis (CCAR), the association of Reform rabbis, at the CCAR convention in March,
in adopting a resolution on patrilineal descent.
Klaperman said the commission had been instructed "to study the feasibility,
desirability and halakhic implications of continuing to act in a peer relationship in
multi-rabbinic groups with Reform and Conservative rabbis ."Among such groups are
the Synagogue Council of America and local boards of rabbis throughout the U.S.
Klaperman condemned the CCAR resolution which declared that, for the Reform move-
ment, the child of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother had the opportunity under certain
conditions to be Jewish. He said the RCA "totally and absolutely rejects this concept.
U.S. Defends Change in Lavie License
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Reagan Administration maintained Monday that the changes it made
last week in the export licenses for components needed by Israel to build the Lavie, its new jet fighter, met
Israel's request while safeguarding U.S. technological security.
"The licenses were amended to reflect the greatest specificity and define more acurately what was
contained in the license applications," State Department spokesman Alan Romberg said in reading a
prepared statement. "We believe we have now met the request put to us by the Israelis. At the same time,
we have safeguarded critical U.S. technology."
But in Israel, Defense Minstry spokesman Nachman Shai charged that the Administration had
reneged on its promise to Israel. Shai charged that the Pentagon has raised obstacles to the transfer of the
information on the components needed to build the Israeli plane.
Romberg said seven export licenses were issued last week and they included five licenses for the wing
and tail composite design, one for a fly-by-wire computer control system, and one for the servo-actuator
system that controls the flight control surfaces.
"These are highly technical matters, and we have had subsequent discussions with the
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Mayor Teddy Kollek's
Jerusalem Day Message
As we prepare to celebrate our 16th Jerusalem Day, we find
ourselves reflecting on the past while planning for the future.
We are talking of a short period of time, 16 years and yet a
time so rich with history that one thinks of it as an era in itself.
From the warm June day in 1967 when the physical barriers
were removed, when the first hesitant steps were taken, a united
Jerusalem has become a reality.
Jerusalem has always been a focus of the prayers and
thoughts and feelings of world Jewry but perhaps never more
than now. For many of our parents and grandparents and
great-grandparents, Jerusalem was a dream, a vision; but in
our modern age of jet transport and electronic media,
Jerusalem has become a much more tangible reality.
The message which Jerusalem today brings to the world is
one of constant and successful efforts for peace. And while there
are daily problems — Jerusalem cannot escape local politics or
the politics of the Middle East— we try always to be guided by a
spirit of mutual tolerance and respect as we strive to deal with
the questions that Jerusalem faces as a modern city, while
preserving the beauty and history of its past. This is a legacy
which will be passed on to many future generations.
We celebrate our 16th Jerusalem Day with an invitation to
all our friends of all faiths, throughout the world, to come and
share the experience of our unique yet universal city.