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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-06-17

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Reagan Promises U.S. Will Be
`Rock of Support' for Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
"As long as I am President,
the United States will be a
rock of support. We will not
waiver in our commitment
to protect Israel's security,"
President Reagan declared
in a speech via telephone
from Camp David to dele-
gates attending the 70th
anniversary meeting of the
National Commission of the
Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Brith.
"We are committed to
maintaining Israel's qual-
itative edge in the military
balance of power," Reagan
asserted.
Both he and Samuel
Lewis, the U.S. Ambassador
to Israel who addressed the
meeting in person, ex-
pressed optimism over the
continuing improved rela-
tions between the U.S. and
Israel.
Reagan hailed the
Israel-Lebanon agree-
ment, signed May 17, as
"one more step toward a
more stable Middle
East."
Ambassador Lewis was
more cautious about
chances for a Syrian with-
drawal from Lebanon on
which implementation of
the agreement depends.
"The chance.s of implement-
s ingit remain in the air," he
said.
Reagan said, "We are
very pleased with the recent
efforts of Secretary of State
(George) Shultz in working
out the Israeli-Lebanese
withdrawal agreement." He
stressed however that "only
through peace can Israel
achieve real security. But
Israel cannot make peace
alone," the President said.
"Other Arab states must
formally recognize that Is-
rael does exist and that she
has a right to exist. We'll
continue our diplomatic ef-
forts to seek a withdrawal
from Lebanon of all foreign
forces, Syrian, PLO, as well
as Israeli. But we are very
concerned about Soviet
build-ups in Syria," Reagan
said.

Bonn to Discuss
Arms Sales With
U.S. and Israel

BONN (JTA) — The
Gerinan government said
that it will consult with Is-
rael and the United States
before making a final deci-
sion on arms sales to Saudi
Arabia.
It confirmed, at the same
time, that Chancellor Hel-
mut Kohl and Foreign
Minister Hans-Dietrich
Genscher have discussed
arms sales with Saudi offi-
cials.
Kohl has reported to have
met secretly with the Saudi
Defense Minister, Prince
Sultan Abdul Aziz, several
weeks ago and Genscher
met with the Saudi Ambas-
sador in Bonn.
Both meetings were re-
lated to the Saudi interest
in purchasing the German
Leopard II tank and other
advanced weapons systems.

Lewis described U.S.-
Israel relations today as
"better, an awful lot bet-
ter . . . and it's going to
get better in the weeks of
and months ahead."
But he had some cautio-
nary words. "Israel today is
far too dependent on the
U.S. for Israel's own good
and also for the good of the
U.S.," he said.
"Some of Israel's own
leaders have been saying
this more and more often,
saying how crucial it is that
Israel regain its own eco-
nomic independence so that
it will not be subject to
American pressure or to the
vagaries of American pres-
sure or to the vagaries of
American-makers.
couldn't agree more with
those Israeli leaders."
Meanwhile, Sen. Henry
Jackson (D-Wash.)
praised the Israeli-
Lebanese agreement as
a courageous, construc-
tive hopeful achieve-
ment. If it is to be fol-
lowed by a wise and
tough diplomacy, it could
become another historic
turning point in reaching
stability and peace in
that region."
Jackon told the delgates:

"It begins to look as
though the Reagan Ad-
ministration has finally
grasped a basic truth about
the Middle East — that a
strong, unwavering United
States-Israel relationship
must be the core of Ameri-
can policy in the area,"
Jackson said.
"I salute the President for
his release of the 75. F-16
fighter planes to Israel, also
in the decision to proceed
with the delayed transfer of
the technology needed for
the production of the Lavie
fighter."
Jackson added that
"efforts to implement the
Israeli-Lebanese agree-
ment are turning into
quite a lesson for the
Administration on what
friends and allies are —
and what they are not.
The contrast with Israel
is obvious when com-
pared to Syria, to men-
tion only one."
Jackson contrasted the
standard of living and polit-
ical stability in Israel with
the poverty, illiteracy,
tyrannical governments
and political instability of
the Arab states which he
said continues to make the
area "fertile ground for
Soviet infiltration and
exploitation by oligarchic
elites and terrorist leaders
in that area."

He said that the lesson to
be drawn is that "military
approaches alone are not
enough to achieve stability
and security in this troubled
world. Arms alone will not
do the job. The underlying
economic, political and so-
cial causes of instability and
violence must be dealt with,
and dealt with effectively."
The ADL honored J.
Willard Marriott, chairman
of the board of the Marrriot
Hotel Corp., with its
Americanism Award, pre-
sented to "individual whose
contribution to demoncracy
has been outstanding in the
private and public sector of
the American life."
ADL's International
Award, the Joseph Prize
for Human Rights, was
awarded jointly to vio-
linist Isaac Stern and
conductor Zubin Mehta,
musical director for life
of the, Israel Philhar-
monic.
In a related development,
Meir Rosenne, Israel's new
Ambassador to the United
States, told the delegates
that "Israel is stronger than
ever, not only because we
have the military power but
because the people of the
world are with us."

"U.S. AND ISRAEL -
THE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON"

Zionist Organization of America, Metro Detroit District
in cooperation with
Temple Emanu-El, Oak Park
invites the community to meet and hear

DR. RALPH D. NURNBERGER,

Washington, D.C.

Professor of Diplomatic History and International
Relations, Georgetown University Senior Fellow.
Georgetown University's Center for Strategic and
International Studies. Legislative Liaison, AIPAC.
Formerly associated with the Senate Foreign Re-
lations Committee.

Eloquent, Dynamic, Thought-Provoking

MONDAY, JUNE 20TH, 7:45 P.M.
TEMPLE EMANU-EL
14450 West 10 Mile Road

Is there a "thaw" in U.S.-Israel relations?
Is a Syrian-Israel confrontation imminent?
Friends and Adversaries in the U.S. Congress

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