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December 14, 1984 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-12-14

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10 Friday, December 14, 1984 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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The "pro-Israel community"
built on its election gains of 1982
during the Nov. 6, 1984 elections,
according to AIPAC Executive
Director Tom Dine, and the up-
coming 100th U.S. Congress
should improve on the "best ever"
record of the just-concluding 99th.
Dine, speaking Tuesday night
to supporters of the American Is-
rael Public Affairs Committee in
Detroit, gave top billing to the
99th Congress because of its ac-
tions on U.S. aid for Israel, U.S.-
Israel free trade legislation and
the record support for moving the
U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem.
He also included Congressional
opposition to the proposed Stinger
anti-tank missile sale to Jordan
for causing the Reagan Adminis-
tration to withdraw the deal.
In describing AIPAC's efforts to
an audience of several hundred at
Adat Shalom Synagogue, Dine
illustrated his points with the free
trade legislation. "There were
new opponents on this issue — the
AFL-CIO and the U.S. textile
lobby, the leather shoe industry,
gold jewelry industry, specialty
crops in California and the
Florida citrus growers. In an elec-
tion year, we went up against the
major protectionist forces.
We had to build new coalitions
— with the importers," Dine ex-
plained. "I smile every time I pass
J.C. Penny and Sears. They were
wonderful."
Dine said that something as
controversial as the move of the
U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem can
take 10 years to pass Congress. He
said the pro-Israel community
helped push the Embassy legisla-
tion through the foreign affairs
committees in the House and Se-
nate, with the House scheduling
five days of open hearings and two
days of closed hearings. "Re-
member," he said. "This was year
one."
Dine spent much of his 50-
minute talk reviewing the accom-
plishments of Israel's supporters
during the 1984 elections. He said
the community built on its success
in 1982 in unseating Rep. Paul
Findlay in Illinois, an active
spokesman for the Palestine Lib-
eration Organization. Sen. Harri-
son Schmidt of New Hampshire,
who Dine said was indifferent on
Israel issues, also lost in 1982, and
Schmidt blamed the pro-Israel
community.
"I think he gave us too much
credit when he returned for the
lame-duck session of Congress" in
December 1982, Dine laughed,
"but we didn't try to correct the
record."
The major effort for the pro-
Israel community in 1984 was the
effort to unseat Sen. Charles
Percy in Illinois. Jewish funds
and workers were marshalled for
challenger Paul Simon as early as
the primary race in a sophisti-
cated plan that was ultimately
successful. Dine said the Illinois
race, according to a Washington
observer, "defined Jewish politi-
cal power for the rest of this cen-
tury."
The Jewish vote of 60-66 per-
cent for Walter Mondale will not
adversely affect Israel and Jewish
issues at the White House, accord-

Tom Dine: Congress going from
best to even better.

ing ta Dine's analysis. He said Re-
publican campaign leaders had
expected Jewish voters to support
Mondale, although Dine sees
growing Republican strength in
the Jewish community.
He sees Reagan as "instinc-
tively supportive of Israel" and
Secretary of State George Shultz
as "re-educated" on the Middle
East.
"Arab governments and Middle
East reality have re-shaped
Shultz' thinking," Dine said. The
Egyptians refused to allow a U.S.
military base in their country, the
Saudis double-crossed Shultz over
the PLO pull-out from Beirut,
Jordan continues to issue anti-
U.S. statements, and the Syrians

Four Senators who
voted with the
Administration on
AWACS have lost
re-election bids. No
AWACS opponent
has lost.

lied to Reagan and Shultz over
their intentions to pull out of
Lebanon — not to mention
Syrian-backed attacks on the U.S.
Marines in Lebanon.
Dine added that Congressional
leadership changes forced by the
November elections also favor Is-
rael. This is also the second con-
secutive freshman class of Con-
gress that has been "educated" on
Israeli issues during and after the
elections. Dine said the Con-
gressmen elected in 1982 and
1984 are "Very pro-Israel, very
positive."
Pointing to the U.S. Senate race
in Michigan, Dine underscored
the importance of continuing sup-
port for pro-Israel candidates. "I
believe that Jack Lousma would
have been very supportive, but
Carl Levin has a 100 percent re-
cord on Israel, and he is an up-
front Jew. We didn't believe the
early polls that showed as much
as a 40 percent lead for Carl. And
it was important that his cam-
paign continued to receive funds"

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