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February 24, 1984 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-02-24

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, February 24, 1984 17

Jerusalem Embassy Move Was Disaster for Joe Clark

The custom of lighting
Sabbath candles and saying
a blessing over them stems
from the Eighth Century,
according to Rabbi Alfred
Kolatch in his "Jewish Book
of Why." The Jewish
Karaite community forbade
the use of all light on the
Sabbath and the blessing
over the Sabbath candles
was the general Jewish
community's response.

By ARNOLD AGES
dian embassy make the
TORONTO — A number geographical move.
Whereupon the roof fell in
of Jewish newspapers in the
United States have reported for Prime Minister Clark.
Within hours of his an-
that Senator Alan
Cranston, the Democratic nouncement of the embas-
Presidential aspirant, has sy's imminent move, the
promised to move the U.S. prime minister's office was
Embassy in Israel from Tel inundated with threatening
Aviv to Jerusalem if he is messages from diverse
quarters.
elected in November.
The Canadian banking
Sen. Cranston, the oldest
of the Presidential candi- community joined in one
dates (with the exception of voice to condemn Clark's
the incumbent, President "precipitous" move —
Reagan) hails from Califor- one they said which
nia and has a wide following would jeopardize Cana-
among the Jewish people in dian business interests in
the Mideast (read Arab
that state.
Cranston's advisers seem countries).
Next, every Arab ambas-
to have failed to do their
homework in regard to the sador in Ottawa paraded be-
idea of the embassy move. fore the prime minister's re-
They should have checked tinue to explain in unam-
into what happened in biguous terms that if
Canada a few years ago Canada went ahead with
when an aspiring politician 'her prospective plans for the
made a similar commit- embassy, all hell would
break loose: Canadian con-
ment.
The year was 1978 and tracts with Arab countries
Joe Clark, the newly would be abrogated, finan-
elected leader of the Con- cial investments in Cana-
servative Party of dian banks would be im-
Canada, promised that if mediately withdrawn,
his party was elected to Canada would become part
office, he, as prime minis- of the enemy list, that is to
ter, would move the say, a future target of the
Canadian Embassy in Is- Arab boycott office, etc.
Clark was even harassed
rael from Tel Aviv to
by members of his own
Jerusalem.
Joe Clark, in a stunning caucus for having had the
election victory, upset temerity to unleash such a
Pierre Elliot Trudeau and storm of controversy so
assumed the prime ministe- early after obtaining office.
rial mantle. True to his'elec- Recently, it has been re-
tion promise, Clark vealed that some of Clark's
promptly set the wheels in financial supporters put
motion to have the Cana- him on their hit list because

of the embarrassment he
caused to their business
interests in the Mideast.
The prime minister extri-
cated himself from the
quandary his promise had
involved him in by shelving
the Jerusalem move idea
and dispatching a commit-
tee to investigate further

the feasability of the em-
bassy transfer. The commit-
tee, after shuffling off to the
Mideast, returned and a
year later produced a report
damning the idea of the em-
bassy move.
Postscript: Clark didn't
save himself by reneging
on a sacred promise. He

"MIORRI:1115,4

was booted out of office a
short time later in the
wake of a snap election.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau,
one of Clark's most acer-
bic critics on the embassy
issue, returned to power
a short time later.
In 1983, Clark was de-
posed as party leader.

,

ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA CONGREGATION` BETH ACHIM

Southfield

Metropolitan Detroit District

JEWISH COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF METROPOLITAN DETROIT

cordially invite you, your family and friends
to meet and hear

GAVRIEL CIFRONY, Israel

Scholar-In-Residence, Detroit Zionist Federation
Journalist for "Maariv", Israel's largest circulation daily
Correspondent, London Daily Telegraph, N.Y. Herald Tribune
(International Edition) & Chicago Times
Adviser to the Israel Ministry of Defense

The Theme: ARABS IN ISRAEL: CONFRONTATION OR COEXISTENCE

Leonard Herman
President, Detroit ZOA

Tuesday, February 28, 1984
8:00 P.M.
Congregation Beth Achim
21100 West 12 Mile Road
Southfield

Admission Free

George Rossman
Past President
Congregation Beth Achim

Ronald Karp
Vice President, JCC



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