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October 26, 1984 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-10-26

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

of the so-called Arabists at the
State Department as well as their
legendary hold over department
policy."
Under these conditions, Pipes
asserts, "lobbies also gain. Put
positively, there is special scope
for citizen participation and
influence in the debate about
American policy in the Middle
East. Put negatively, the national
interest has little role. The ab-
sence of ideology increases the
role of parochial considerations,
notably religious emotions and
business pressures."
The non-ideologic approach,
Pipes adds, "affects the actual
course of policy in several ways.
Swings in policy toward the
Soviet Union do not affect the
Middle East. Liberal policies dur-
ing the Carter Administration
and conservative ones during the
Reagan years have had profound
influence on the U.S. posture
everywhere in the world but the
Middle East."
The Reagan Administration
has been able, in its thinking, to
dissociate the Soviet Union from
the terrorist rampage of the Is-
lamic Holy War, the jihad of the
fanatical Shiite Moslems, but to
judge from statements by various
members of the Administration, it
has not been able to separate fun-
dameritalist terrorism from the
Arab-Israel problem.
The confusion has been re-
vealed in declarations by Vice
President George Bush and other
Administration spokesmen who
argue that the terrorism will be
ended by removing the cause
which they see as the Arab-Israeli
conflict.
The Reagan Plan to resolve the
Palestinian question, Bush and
the others have claimed, would
eliminate the cause of conflict and
thus, the reason for the terrorism.
Assistant Secretary of State
Kenneth W. Dam made the same
argument and revealed the- same
basic confusion when he ad-
dressed a United Jewish Appeal
delegation at the White House on
Oct. 1.
"Anyone who thinks we can
stop these suicide bombings by
cozying up to the PLO (Palestine
Liberation Organization) or by
walking away from Israel is dead
wrong," Dam correctly stated, but
after that, his assertion that "the
best hope for peace is embodied in
the President's Sept. 1 initiative"
was a non-sequitur.
A settlement along the lines of
the Reagan Plan — which Israel
has never accepted as basis for
discussion — giving a special
status to the West Bank which
would have some sort of affiliation
with the Kingdom of Jordan
would not meet Arab demands for
an independent state, would not
assure Israel's security and most
certainly would not satisfy the Is-
lamic War fanatics who will rest
content only with the complete
destruction of Israel.
To critics of the Reagan Plan,
Secretary Dam sounded what
seemed very much like a warning:
"Because our positions are bal-
anced, because they are fair, be-
cause they can point the way to a
just solution, the President is
committed to them as they are.

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