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September 09, 1983 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-09-09

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34 Friday, September 9, 1983


The head of a delegation of
seven Congressmen who re-
turned to Washington last
week after a tour of the
Middle East said there are
11 Israeli prisoners of war
in Lebanon, according to a
briefing the group received

from the International Red
Cross (IRC) in Damascus.
Rep. William Lehman
(D-Fla.) also reported that
Israel claims there are four,
not three, Israeli POWs
held by Syria but that the
Red Cross said its represen-
tatives have seen only three

Congressmen Tell the Israelis Prisoner Exchange Is Possible

war prisoners, last visited
on July 15. Those POWs,
the IRC reported, had no
serious health problems and
were getting packages from
Lehman said two other
prisoners are being held by
the "fanatical" Popular

May The Blessings
Of Peace,
Good Health and Happiness,
Be Yours Throughout
The Coming New Year

Front for the Liberation of
Palestine, headed by
George Habash. He said the
two war prisoners had been
checked by the IRC and one
was found to be mentally ill
and should be sent back to
The group also learned
that six Israeli soldiers
are being held in Tripoli
by the Al Fatah, the
largest group in the
Palestine Liberation
Organization. Lehman
said the group was told
that the six soldiers were
visited recently by IRC
representatives and
found to be "in good
The six Representatives
met with Syrian officials in
Damascus but did not see
President Hafez Assad who
they were told, was "in the

Ties Suggested
in Letter to Pope

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Marvin & Claire Tamaroff
and Family
and Staff of Tamaroff Buick-Honda

letter asking Pope John
Paul II to establish dip-
lomatic ties between the
Vatican and Israel has been
delivered to the Pontiff, the
Jewish Post and Opinion
The letter was written by
Mother Marie Chantes, the
head of a French convent.
Mother Chantes is a con-
verted Jew whose mother
was secretary to Raoul Wal-
lenberg. The letter was
hand-delivered to the Pope
by Cardinal Jean-Marie
Lustiger, the Archbishop of
Paris, who is also a Jewish
convert to Catholicism.

The politics of the clergy
is suspect.

Lehman said the IRC in-
formed the group that the
Syrians had not replied to
an Israeli offer to exchange
300 Syrians for the three to
four Israeli prisoners held
by Syria. But, he said, the
group had been told that
"the Syrians are going to let
the IRC exume Israeli war
dead and ship them back to
Israel, after the bodies are
medically identified as Is-
Lehman said, "The Sy-
rians realize the negotiat-
ing value even unfortu-
nately of dead Israeli
soldiers." That procedure,
he said, was expected to
take place within 30 days,
depending on how the Sy-
rian doctors respond. "IRC
doctors in Geneva are wait-
ing to fly to Damascus as
soon as the gravesites are
opened," he said.
But Lehman also re-
ported that "some pro-
gress" was being made in
the form of negotiating
an exchange of war pris-
oners. He said that while
the Congressmen were in
Beirut, they met with
Lebanese President
Amin Gemayel and chat-
ted with U.S. Marines in
the multinational force,
adding this was before
"the tragedy" last week
when two Marines were
killed during the inter-
mittent exchanges of fire
in the Beirut area.
Lehman said Lebanese of-
ficials think the Israelis
may "dig in" after IDF
forces withdraw to the
Awali River and that the
Syrians will not negotiate
"until the Israelis are com-
pletely out" of Lebanon.
The group met with Pre-

mier Menahem Begin, be-
fore his resignation an-
nouncement, and felt that
"Begin looked quite ill but
his frame of mind was posit-
ive and he was very inform-
ative. His parting words
were basically that the
United States was a dedi-
cated ally of Israel and that
Israel is a dedicated ally of
the United States" and that
this relationship must be
continued, Lehman said.
Defense Minister Moshe
Arens told the visiting Con-
gressmen that he was con-
cerned about projected cuts
in Israel's defense budget
which he said would
hamper research and de-
velopment, specifically
electronic warfare.
Lehman also told the
Jewish Telegraphic
Agency that the Con-
gressmen found "lots of
facts, most of them very
complicated. But at least
the PLO is not a factor in
Lebanon at this time.
Thank goodness, Begin
at least accomplished
All of the Congressmen
are members of the sub-
committee on foreign opera-
tions of the House Appro-
priations Committee, which
is responsible for most of the
U.S. foreign aid program,
both military and economic.
Lehman said the purpose of
the mission was "to see
where our dollars are go-
The other six delegation
members were Representa-
tives Clarence Long (D-
Md.), chairman; Charles
Wilson (D-Tex.); Lawrence
Coughlin (R-Pa.); John Por-
ter (R-Ill.); Marty Russo
(D-Ill.); and Richard
Lehman D-Calif.).

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