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November 29, 1985 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-11-29

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, November 29, 1985

dente and public policy at Fordham Uni-
versity Law School, admonishes on the
matter of peace, in the headline emphasis
stating, "Many Years Off."
- Warning that "we make a mistake in
assuming that it is the Palestinian prob-
lem that causes the danger of war in the
Middle East," Prof. Haag declares: "In fact
it is an Arab problem — an Arab hostility
toward Israel that extends far beyond
Palestinians. American diplomatic efforts
to solve the Palestinian problem are thus
at best irrevelant." Thereupon Prof. Haag
points to the following obstacles to peace:
It will take many years for
change to occur. Iraq and Iran will
have to reduce each other to impo-
tence. They are on the way, and
one may wish them luck. Syria will
have to lose its power. This is un-
likely as lcng as the Syrian dic-
tator, Hafez al-Assad, remains at
the top, but he is not immortal. The
Libyan dictatorship will have to
disintegrate, but Col. Muammar
el-Qaddafi is not immortal either.
Until then, however, there is
little to be done, for with the "radi-
cal" Arabs at their backs, the
"moderates" will not dare give up
the dream of annihilating Israel.
Until then, we should stop sponsor-
ing one silly "peace process" after
the other. Premature diplomacy,
apart from making us ridiculous,
have been published. The two quoted about
puts pressure on Israel to do what
cessions to amity have led to little, if any,
daughters and fathers are of immediate
it clearly cannot do.
practical approaches which would secure
That's how the trouble began,
Arab consent to direct talks.
how it continued, how it often appears in-
There has never been a halting to de-
soluble. What's to be done about it, other
mands for peace talks, but fears on the one
than resorting to as much patience as can
Middle East Peace
hand, Arab ranks divisiveness on the
possibly be mustered? Benjamin Disraeli is
other, have prevented firm action.
The 'Arab Problem'
credited with the definition: "Patience is a
The latter difficulty received impor-
necessary ingredient of genius." There
tant consideration in a New York Times
Would that there could be more
sure is need of lots of genius to reach out to
Op-Ed Page article (Nov. 13), in which Er-
realism to the Middle East dilemma. The
hest vanden Haag, professor of jurispru- • the Arab obstructionists.
constant reference to the Palestinians as

ter's enthusiasm for Begin seemed forced,
as contrasted with his spontaneous affec-
tions for Father."
Referring to the assassination of her
father, Camelia has an important refer-
ence to the rejoicing among enemy Arabs
and the sorrowfullness of Menachem Be-
gin. She thus judges these experiences.

I remember the PLO leader
Yassir Arafat being photographed
flashing a hand sign that meant
victory. And Libya's Qaddafi
seemed to be trying to claim credit
for the assassination. It is ironic, I
thought, that some Arabs are so
eager to celebrate Father's death,
while another TV clip showed Is-
rael's Menachem Begin, a long-
tetm enemy and a hard-line adver-
sary even at Camp David, nearly in
tears over the realization that
Father had been murdered. I never
in my life thought about killing
anyone, but that night I could have
murdered my father's assassins.
Camelia's recollections about her
father's American negotiations contain in-
teresting accounts of special Jewish inter-
est. Former Secretary of State Henry Kis-
singer is especially personalized. Sadat
had a role in anti-Blitish actions and was
imprisoned for a time: During his impris-
onment he learned English and 'German.
Camelia writes: "Father was proud when
Henry Kissinger, then the U.S. Secretary
of State, allegedly said he pronounced
German better than he, Kissinger, did as a
native-born German. Here is a comment
from her book worth quoting:


Then, in February 1973, Hafiz
Ismail, the Egyptian national secu-
rity adviser, met with Henry Kis-
singer in Paris. "The drift of what
Kissinger said to Ismail," Father
later wrote in In Search of Identity,
"was that the United States (re-
grettably could do nothing to help
so long as we were the defeated
party and Israel maintained her
superiority" — an ironic situation
since the United States) was the
guarantor of Israel's military


In the 1967 Six-Day War, Sadat lost a
brother, 'Atif. Camelia recalls:

Kissinger became a major fig-
ure in Father's personal life when
he intervened to recover'Atif's re-
mains from the Israelis. There was
little to bring back — an identifica-
tion_bracelet, a pistol, a helmet,
and a few bones. It was a gesture,
though, that touched Father's
heart. "I did not ask Henry (Kis-
singer) to do anything for me. He
learned about my brother's death.
He took it upon himself to go to the
Israelis and return 'Atif s remains
to me."
There is also this interesting recollec-
tion about Sadat and Kissinger in
Camelia's book:
The U.S. interest in Egypt was
clear, since Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger had been in-
volved in shuttle diplomacy be-
tween Egypt and Israel since the
October War in 1973. Father was so
enamored of Kissinger that the
phrase "My friend Kissinger said
..." became rather routine in his
speeches. In Egypt, people jok-
ingly exchanged greetings with
one another by saying, "Hi, my
friend Kissinger!"
Such are some of the books in which 'chil-
dren judge parents. Scores of such works

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