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November 09, 1984 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-11-09

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Friday, November 9, 1984 33

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

more aggressive confrontation
of the Soviets all over the
world.
Republican
Another
member of Foreign Relations
who was re-elected, Minneso-
ta's Rudy Boschwitz, may be a
stronger member of the com-
mittee than before. A
passionate defender of Israel,
Boschwitz is chairman of the
committee's Near Eastern Af-
fairs Subcommittee. Prev-
iously considered a one-term
phenemenon, his return to the
Senate may give him more
clout with colleagues.
One key race in the House
that has especially disturbed
Israeli partisans is Clarence
Long's defeat by Helen
Bentley in Maryland's second
district.' The Jewish commu-
nity should send Long a
bouquet of roses for all his
good work over the years,"
said one Washington political
operative.
Long, an 11-term Con-
gressman, will be leaving the
chairmanship of the House
Foreign Operations Subcom-
mittee on Appropriations.

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Last year, the subcommittee
approved over $2.6 million in
U.S. aid for Israel.
Slated to succeed Long is
Wisconsin Democrat David
Obey. A six-term representa-
tive, Obey, said one Washing-
ton political observer, "is not
as bad on Israel as he used to
be. He is not truly unfriendly
to Israel. He is more neutral-
cool. The net effect of his
takeover from Long' is that
there will be greater scrutiny
of programs for Israel."
If both Obey and Jesse
Helms take over Congres-
sional committees that di-
rectly affect Israel, the analyst
continued, "Israel will prob-
ably become more cautious in
its dealings with the U.S. But
this may not be the worst
thing for the Israelis."
In. other key races around
the country:
• In Mississippi, one-term
GOP Senator Thad Cochran
soundly beat William Winter
with a 167,000 vote margin.
Cochran, a solid supporter of
the Reagan White House, has
not put much emphasis on is-

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sues affecting Israel. Winter's
close support in Mississippi's
Jewish community was not
enough for him to unseat Coc-
hran.
• In Texas, almost half a
million votes separated Re-
publican Phil Gramm from
veteran State Senator Lloyd
Doggett. Gramm, an economic
guru of Congressional Repub-
licans, has recently been try-
ing to mend fences with Texas'
Jewish community.
• In New Hampshire, Gor-
don Humphrey, a former air-
lines pilot, returns to the Se-
nate for his second term. A
member of the Armed Services
Committee, he has a moderate
record on Israel. He defeated
five-term Congressman Nor-
man D'Amours, a liberal and a
staunch defender of Israel.
• In West Virginia, Demo-
crat Jay Rockefeller's personal
contributions of $7 million to
his campaign helped him de-
feat businessman John Raese.
Rockefeller, a three-term gov-
ernor of .West Virginia, has
done fund-raising for Jewish
groups around the country.

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