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April 06, 1984 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-04-06

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Friday, April 6, 1984

Koch Warned Jimmy Carter
of foreign policy consequences

On March 6, 1980, several
weeks prior to the New
York primary election,
Mayor Edward Koch of New
York returned from his
Chinese and Japanese trip.
There was an immediate
exchange of calls with the
White House and President
Jimmy Carter expressed a
desire to meet with him.
It was a critical period,
with a shocking develop-
ment at the United Nations.
The U.S. delegate voted
negatively on an important
Israel issue. The President
apologized. The U.S.-UN
delegate, Andrew Young,
was forced to resign.
Mayor Koch and
President Carter met at the
White House for lunch a few
days later and the
President, seeking re-
election, was anxious to get
Ed Koch's views.
Koch spoke bluntly. He
said to the President:
" `Mr. President, you have
to understand that the Jews
for 2,000 years have had
people sell them out. There
isn't a country on the
world's face today except for
the United States that
hasn't at one point cast its
Jews out. When Shakes-
peare wroth The Merchant
of Venice, there wasn't a
Jew in England. The Jews
had been expelled 300 years
"He said, 'I didn't know
"I said, 'The Spanish ex-
pelled the Jews in 1492. The
Dutch expelled the Jews .. .
France today has an-
nounced that it is going to
recognize the PLO. Giscard
is inviting Arafat to Paris.
So you have to understand
that the Jews may sound
paranoid on this matter of
Israel, but they are not.
They are being very realis-
" And what they see, Mr.
President, is that in the one
country which has consis-
tently given them support,
that support has eroded. In
the past we vetoed resolu-
tions that were one-sided
against Israel and that
questioned Israeli sover-
eignty over Jerusalem.
Then we got to the point
where we simply abstained;
and now we are supporting
resolutions that have sanc-
tions in them and are de-
nunciatory. In the past it
was always the President
who saved Israel over the
objections of the State De-
partment. But today we
have two people who are
anti-Israel who are in the
forefront of your Adminis-
tration: Andrew Young and
Donald McHenry. They are
pro-Arab. They are hot for
Israel. They are for the
" 'Andy Young has never
asked for forgiveness for
having referred to the
Ayatollah as a saint.
McHenry is even smarter
than Young because he
doesn't go as public as
Young. He is just as vicious
on the subject of Israel as
Young was. And Cy Vance
is just part of the regular

This is a lengthy quote
from the book entitled
Mayor: An Autobiography
(Simon and Schuster) in
which Koch spoke his mind.
That's one of the reasons
why his book continues as a
best-seller and has already
been acquired by more than
110,000 readers.
It is because it is a blunt
statement, a declaration of
faith, a fearless expose of
events especially of the past
Koch speaks out in de-
fense of Israel, supporting
the settlements, repudiat-
ing critics and all who
undermine Israel's role,
especially at the UN.
The anecdotes, the blunt-
ness - in recollections and
items that cover the Ameri-
can scene and the Jewish
experiences. They are all in
Mayor and the book spells a
most impressive record in
the drama of his city, the
nation and the Jewish

Edward Koch
State Department opera-
tion and mentality: pro-
Arab and anti-Israel. But in
a nice way.
" 'I happen to know Cy
Vance. He is an old friend of
mine. It doesn't help. In the
past, under Roosevelt, you
had the same situation with
the State Department. And
the same situation under
Truman. But it was the
President who cut them off.
The President makes the
policy. Not the State De-
partment. The Jews don't Israel shipping
see that happening with
halted by strike
you. And that has got to be
Tel Aviv (JTA) — A work
" 'There is also a religious stoppage by officers idled Is-
aspect here. The Christian raeli merchant ships at
community has failed in
their home ports and over-
every case involving the seas harbors Tuesday. The
Jews. People said after strike, called by the Marine
World War II that it could Officers Union, did not af-
never happen again to the fect ships at sea.
Jews. But it is happening
It was not called for
again. Not in the same way, higher wages but, according
with concentration camps, to the union, to focus public
but with the same disregard attention on the plight of
for the Jewish community's the merchant marine which
safety and security. You is an important foreign cur-
know, today in Argentina rency earner and a security
there are 300,000 Jews who net should foreign shipping
are living on the edge of a ever withdraw from the Is-
sword. Today. They can be raeli trade.
expelled at any time. They
The union is critical of the
have already had their government's wage policy
leader, Timerman, tortured for the country's sea-farers
and expelled.
but also charges lack of
" 'You have the Jews in interest in seamen's train-
the Soviet Union. We would ing programs and the ab-
not take in all those Jews if sence of any long-term na-
the Soviets were to expel tional shipping policy.
Israeli merchant ships
them all. And that is the
way it is across the world. are engaged in world-wide
And it is Israel that has to trade. Many are manned
be there constantly. And its wholly or in part by non-
security has to be Israeli crews and some are
safeguarded. And this isn't registered abroad and by
only the way religious Jews foreign flags.
feel. This is all Jews. It is
" 'Finally, Mr. President, Vishniac book
what upsets the Jews is that
regardless of what you have cited by JWB
done or not done, no matter
New York — Photo-
what you say, they know grapher Roman Vishniac
you can't run again and you has been named the winner
will never have to come of the 1984 JWB National
back to them, and therefore Jewish Book Award in Vis-
once you are elected you ual Arts for his volume, A
may get worse on this issue. Vanished World.
Other award winners in-
And they will have no con-
trol because you don't need clude: Emil Dorian in the
them anymore — whereas if Holocaust category; Arthur
they support a Republican A. Cohen, fiction; Peter
who is going to be elected for Grose, books concerning Is-
the first time, he has to rael; Steven T. Katz, Jewish
come back to them. And I thought; Dan Kurzman,
am telling you now that in biography; and Michael
my own judgement at this Stanislawski in the History
point, if Ford or Reagan category.
Also, S.D. Goitein, schol-
were to be the Republican
candidate, I believe the arship; Chaya Burstein,
Jews would vote for the Re- children's books; and Chaim
publican in the general Lieb Fuchs, for Yiddish lit-
election.' "

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