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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-11-25

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, November 25, 1983 5

French Attack Pleases Israelis

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Thursday, in what appa-
rently was retaliation for
the Oct. 23 truck-bomb at-
tack on French military
headquarters in Beirut.
President Francois Mitter-
rand said only that he plan-
ned punitive action against
those "responsible for the
murder of 58 of our sol-
diers."
The French Defense
Ministry announced that
the Super Etandard
fighter-bombers which took
off from the carrier
Clemenceau, struck at
bases in the region of Baal-
bek in Lebanon's Bekaa
Valley. The same targets
were hit by Israeli jet fight-
ers in a retaliatory raid last
Wednesday for the Nov. 4
truck-bomb attack on Is-
raeli military headquarters
in Tyre. The bases and adja-
cent training camps are re-
portedly used by some 1,500
Iranian terrorists and their
supporters among Lebanese
Shiite Moslems.
Those elements are be-
lieved responsible for the
attacks on the multina-
tional force in Beirut and on
the Israelis in south Leba-
non. More than 230 U.S.
Marines and sailors, mem-
bers of the MNF, were killed
when their headquarters at
Beirut airport was bombed
on Oct. 23, minutes before
the attack on the French
troops.

A French radio com-
mentator said the air
strike "was presumably
coordinated with the Is-
raeli and American high
commands." He added
however that "each of the
three countries is free to
implement its policy as it
sees fit." The U.S. so far
has not responded with
retaliatory action. The
Reagan Administration
has said it would respond
to the attack on the
Marines if it could be de-
termined clearly which
group was responsible
and who gave the orders.

In Jerusalem, Israeli offi-
cials were clearly delighted
by news that the French had
retaliated. But their satis-
faction was muted and the
government, officially, said
nothing.
Privately, however, gov-
ernment sources noted that
the French air strike had a
direct impact on Shiite Mos-
lem terrorists and sent an
unmistakable signal to
Syria. The Israelis regard
these particular terrorists
as an especially dangerous
group. Hitting them "will
literally save lives in the fu-
ture," the sources said, indi-
cating that Israel regards
the French attack as both
punitive and pre-emptive.
In Washington, the
Reagan Administration in-
dicated that if it strikes at
the terrorists responsible
for the bombing of the
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Beirut, it may be as a pre-
emptive act to prevent
further attacks rather than
retaliation.
This attitude emerged in
the wake of the French re-
taliation.

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State
Department
spokesman
John
Hughes, refusing to
comment on the French
action as he had refused
on the Israeli raid, con-
tinued to maintain that
the Administration will
abide by the position an-
nounced early last week
that it will not discuss the
question of retaliation
one way or another.
Hughes said the U.S. was
informed about the
French action before it
took place "through the
multi-national force
mechanism," but stres-
sed the French were not
acting for the MNF which
consists of U.S., French,
British and Italian
troops.

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The Israeli action could
also be seen as preventive,
according to Hughes. "I
don't think the Israelis
ruled out the possibility
that those in the target area
might be active on another
occasion against the Is-
raelis," he said.
Asked if the U.S. would
consider taking a preven-
tive military action,
Hughes replied, "We have
made our position plain" in
statements by President
Reagan and Secretary of
State George Shultz. Both
have said that the U.S. will
do what it can to protect the
Marines from further ter-
rorist attack.
Hughes also said he had
no way of knowing if the
raids by the Israelis and the
French had eliminated all
those in the groups respon-
sible for the attacks on the
U.S., French and Israeli in-
stallations. "Some may be
and some may not," he said.

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In Observance of Human Rights Day, 1983

You are cordially invited to attend A Public Forum on:

SOVIET JEWRY:

YESTERDAY, TODAY and WILL THERE BE A TOMORROW?

Moderator: Rabbi David Nelson, Congregation Beth Shalom

1. Soviet Jewry - Yesterday:

DR. ZVI GITELMAN, Political Science Professor, University of Michigan and author of
several books on Soviet Anti-Semitism

2. Soviet Jewry - Today:

GLENN RICHTER, New York, Founding Director of Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry

3. Soviet Jewry - Tomorrow:

Questions and Ideas from the audience.

Discussion will be led by Gerald Rogers of the ZOA and the Detroit Soviet Jewry Commit-
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8:00 P.M.

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Detroit Zionist Federation
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