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February 24, 1984 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-02-24

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U.S. Consistent on PLO Policy?

(Continued from Page 1)
officials were disturbed
by the alleged Egyptian-
Jordanian move.
Romberg did say, how-
ever, We would like to see
those talks move forward.
We think the next step is for
King Hussein (of Jordan) to
enter the talks. He has
:Fc made it very clear that he
needs further backing from
other Arab states and
Palestinians. We under-
stand that and we hope that
support will be forthcom-
Hussein and President
Hosni Mubarak of Egypt
were in Washington last
week and both conferred
with President Reagan and
other Administration offi-
cials. The Israeli position on
the autonomy talks has
- been that it would_agree to
Palestinian representation
as part of a Jordanian dele-
gation provided the Pales-
tinians were not PLO mem-
bers. But former Premier
Menahem Begin indicated
at the time that Israel
would not scrutinize the
backgrounds of members of
the Jordanian delegation.
In another report from
Jerusalem, Israel's former
Ambassador to the U.S.
Simha Dinitz indicated his
belief that there %vas no sub-
stance to the report of unof-
ficial U.S. contacts with the
PLO. Interviewed on Israel
Radio, Dinitz said he did not
see a weakening of the U.S.
position on the PLO.
According to Dinitz, if
President Carter could
not find a way to bypass

the 1975 U.S. commitment
not to talk to the PLO
until it accepted the
American conditions, it
was hardly likely that
President Reagan and
Secretary of State George
Shultz would be doing it.
Dinitz added, however,
"We must distinguish be-
tween the exploratory
level that was going on
throughout in one way or
another and the political
commitment which re-
mains sound."
According to the account
published 6 Sunday, "Cur-
rent and former Admini u,s,
tration officials said the
Mroz mission was
authorized by Alexander M.
Haig, Jr, who was then Sec-
retary of State in August
1981 after Washington re-
ceived a suggestion from
Mr. Arafat about secret
talks . . . Mr. Haig told
President Reagan in a pri-
vate meeting in California
of his plan to have Mr. Mroz
sound out the PLO position
and later told his aides that
Mr. Reagan approved the
The account said "From
August 1981 to May 1982,
Mr. Morz had more than 50
meetings with Mr. Arafat
totaling more than 400
hours." Only a handful of
U.S. and PLO officials were
reportedly aware of these
talks. Veliotes was de-
scribed as Mroz's "chief con-
tact in Washington."
Mroz was identified in the
account as the 35-year-old
president of the East-West
Security Foundation who

was director of Middle East
studies at the Internaional
Academy of peace in New
York when the effort with
the PLO began.
According to the ac-
count, "Although Mr.
Haig had often con-
demned the PLO for its
terrorist activities, he
was persuaded by Mr.
Veliotes to try to split the
Palestinians away from
the Soviet Union and
make it easier to achieve
progress in the Middle
The account said further
that after the PLO's defeat
in Lebanon in 1982, Secre-
tary Shultz authorized Mroz
in September 1982 to make
one more effort to revive the
talks but Arafat, who was
then in Tunis, refused to see

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clave in New York as evi-
dence of a painful barrier to
effective Jewish education.
The seminar, held at the
American Jewish Commit-
tee's headquarters, re-
vealed that even when the
students themselves be-
come enthusiastic about
their newly-acquired
Jewish knowledge and cul-
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tinue to be indifferent, and
even hostile, to this element
of their children's educa-
Participating in the meet-
ing, co-sponsored by the
AJCommittee's Jewish
Communal Affairs De-
partment and the Coaliton
for Alternatives in Jewish
Education, were teachers
and administrators from
Jewish and secular schools.
A major conclusion
was that such conflicts
stem from the fact that
parents, students,
teachers, administrators
and lay boards expect
different results from
Jewish education. The
consultants agreed that
school personnel con-
sider Jewish education

primary and most par-
ents do not share that
The participants agreed
that "teachers of Jewish
education are in a very
lonely profession." The
teachers said they felt little
sense of support from the
Jewish community gener-
ally and all of them stressed
that by "support" they did
not mean only money.
The participants also said
parental expectations were
often unrealistic. One
teacher described an inci-
dent in which a parent be-
came furious during a trip
to Israel when she realized
that her daughter — who
had been attending Hebrew
classes for about two years
— was not fluent in Hebrew.
Dr. Steven Bayme, assis-
tant director of the AJ-
Committee's Jewish Com-
munal affairs Department,
said the AJCommittee had
recently started a National
Committee on Jewish Edu-
cation to inform committee
members and the Jewish
community about problems
in Jewish education.

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