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October 07, 1983 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-07

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12 Friday, October 7, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Blum Asks Arabs to Live in Peace With Israel

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the full restoration of Leba-
non's sovereignty and inde-
pendence and accused Syria
of trying to frustrate that
goal directly and through
its proxies.

He said Israel wel-
comes the cease-fire re-
cently achieved in Leba-
non and added, "We are
following the situation
closely and are looking
forward to the estab-
lishment of conditions
which will insure sec-
urity and tranquility
along the Israel-Lebanon
border."

He warned, "Under no
circumstances will Israel
agree to return to the state

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of affairs which prevailed
until 16 months ago, when
Lebanese territory was used
as a base for terrorist opera-
tions against our citizens.
Israel sincerely hopes and
wishes to see an indepen-
dent Lebanon in which a
strong and stable regime
exercises control through-
out the country."
But Blum strongly at-
tacked Syria which, he
charged, has broadened its
involvement in Lebanon
and is engaged in a direct
war against the govern-
ment of that country. "Pres-
ident (Hafez) Assad (of
Syria) — backed diplomati-
cally and militarily by the
Soviet Union and assisted

by Palestinian terrorists —
continues his ruthless oper-
ations to keep Lebanon in
disarray in an attempt to
force Lebanon to submit to
Syrian domination," Blum
charged.
Referring to the overall
conflict in the Middle East,
Blum reiterated Israel's
contention that "the essence
of the conflict has always
been and remains the per-
sistent enmity of the Arab
states toward the Jewish
national renaissance."

He maintained that
Arab enmity toward Is-
rael "has been de-
monstrated very clearly
in the case of the terrorist
organization known as

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the PLO ... that grouping
of rival terrorist factions
has always depended on
the continued support of
the Arab states and their
allies for its existence,"
Blum said.

international economic
cooperation.
Many seats in the Gen-
eral Assembly hall were
empty when the Israeli
envoy rose to speak. Most
were seats occupied by Arab
delegations who make it a

Blum charged that the
PLO objective is to destroy
the state of Israel. He ac-
cused it of perpetrating
"bloody atrocities which
have struck at all, Jews and
non-Jews, young and old,
men, women and children."

In the course of his
speech, Blum referred to the
following points:
• Nuclear weapons: He
said that Israel continues to
support the establishment
in the Middle East of a nuc-
lear weapons-free zone.
• Soviet Jews: Blum ac-
cused the Soviet Union of
continued harassment
against Soviet Jews. He
said Jews in the Soviet
Union "are being systemat-
ically denied the basic
human right to emigrate
and to reunite with their
families in Israel." He
charged that as the gates of
emigration have been
nearly shut in the Soviet
Union, officially inspired
anti-Semitism is on the rise
there.
• Economic cooperation:
Blum said Israel is willing,
within the means at its dis-
posal, to make its contribu-
tion to the advancement of

practice
of
leaving
whenever an Israeli dip-
lomat addresses the world
body. The sole exceptions
were the Egyptian and
Lebanese delegates who
remained in the hall while
Blum spoke.

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The war memorial for fallen soldiers of the Negev
Palmach Brigade, constructed by the Israel govern-
ment near Beersheva.

By DVORA WAYSMAN

World Zionist Press Service

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often in Israel is "shalom"
(peace).
Israelis use it for "hello;"
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Jewish teaching. Jewish
sources have not dealt in
great detail with warfare
because, with no Jewish
state for 2,000 years, the
whole question was largely
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Yet Judaism is not
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sole justification for war is
to defend life. Revenge is
completely alien to the
Jewish tradition.
It has always been a
Jewish precept that he who
destroys one life, it is as if he
had destroyed the whole
world; and whoever saves a
life, it is as though he saved'
the whole world; just as a
Jewish proverb states that
even a bad peace is better
than a good war.
It is for a very good reason
that Israelis chose the word
"Shalom" as their form of
greeting. By repeating the
word many times a day, it
underscores their deep
commitment to peace as the
ideal way of life and their
longing for the day when
peace will indeed outweigh
everything.

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