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February 03, 1984 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-02-03

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14 Friday, February 3, 1984

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israeli Official Says Syria Doesn't Want War With Israel

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KIAMESHA, N.Y. (JTA)
— "Syria, which is led by an
astute, patient and schem-
ing man, is not interested in
war with Israel, but
through steady and unre-
lenting psychological and
military pressure on the
United States, hopes to
bring about U.S. with-
drawal from Lebanon and to
abandon its alliance with
Israel," an Israeli diplomat
said here.
Aryeh Levin, deputy to
Israel's Ambassador to the
United Nations, Yehuda

Blum, addressed the open-
ing plenary session of the
midwinter conference of the
national board of Hadassah,
meeting at the Concord
Hotel.
"As for Israel," he said,
"events have proven that its
strategy to remove the
PLO's territorial base in
Lebanon and to restore
Lebanese independence has
been essentially sound. In
fact, the Syrians have
played into Israel's hands
both during the-battle of Be-
irut and, hopefully, in the

definitive departure of the
PLO terrorists from
Tripoli."
Furthermore, Levin
explained that "the grow-
ing embarrassment of the
presence of the multina-
tional peacekeepers in
and around Beirut is not
of Israel's making and it
is not Israel that should
be expected to furnish
the fate-saving device for
their withdrawal. Nor
should the Lebanese
Christians or Moslems
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them with their indepen-
dence."
Turning to the PLO and
King Hussein, Levin said,
"Now that the fangs of the
PLO in Lebanon have been
pulled by Israel and Syria
combined, (PLO chief Yasir)
Arafat is nor more the awe-
inspiring terrorist he was,
and his control of the West
Bank Arab notables is not
as total.
Hussein has reverted to
his old experimentations
with the Palestinian Arabs
and has recalled his Parli-
ament which was dismissed
in 1974, where the majority
of seats are in the hands of
the Palestinians.
"Israel has not interfered
in the realization that this
new development — an-
other fruit of the 'Peace for
Galilee' operation — might
be the dawning of greater
reason in the Jordanian -
Hashemite Camp, and, per-
haps, even an opening for
the negotiations provided
for under the Camp David
agreements. A great deal
more will have to be done
before negotiations with Is-
rael, Egypt and the U.S."
Levin explained that
"Hussein is fearful of
Syria and of Libya and
aware of what their
money-can buy in assas-
sin's wages. Perhaps he is
also taking a risk, insofar
as Israel is concerned, for
he knows he would be
looking forward to prot-
racted negotiations with
no great achievement in
store for himself.
"In his possible confron-
tation with Syria, Hussein
knows he will be supported
by both Iraq and Saudi
Arabia, although if it comes
to an open military inter-
vention by Syria, there is no
one but Israel to bar the
road to Hussein's capital
Amman. What has added an
additional sense of urgency
to the new positions adopted
by Hussein is the realiza-
tion that time is not on his
side."
. As for Egypt, "it has not
abandoned peace with Is-
rael but it has emptied it of
all meaning — save peace
itself — which is important
enough," Levin continued.
"Egyptian delgates have
been more outspoken than
those of any other Arab
country against Israel at
the UN; its press and media
are reverting to their old
Sturmer prose; their
president has had an inde-
cent exposure with Arafat;
and they were humbly beg-
ging to be reinstated in the
Arab League."
All of this is "perhaps,
understandable even if it
causes Israel tremendous
uneasiness and anxiety,"
Levin observed.
"Egypt cannot maintain
its role as the biggest Arab
nation — its punishment by
ostracism for peace with Is-
rael has been difficult for it
to bear — but life has also
become difficult for our
bilateral relations: our em-
bassy in Cairo is isolated,
and the fate of our great ex-
pectations in the Land of the
Nile is not entirely clear."

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