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March 21, 1986 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-03-21

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18 Friday, March 21, 1986

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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"I'm very concerned about Israel," he
said. "It is my opinion that Israel will
make it through the threat of hostile Arab
nations and through its current economic
crisis. No nation in history has had more
reason not to make it. The Israelis are sur-
rounded by hostile nations, and they are
the target of Soviet venom and anti-
Semitic feelings worldwide. It is miracu-
lous that the nation and the people exist
today. But I believe in the sovereignity of
God. I believe that God has made a pro-
mise to the Jewish people, and that he
himself protects them."
In Falwell's eyes, part of that promise
comes from Genesis 12:3, in which God
said to Abraham "I will bless them that
bless thee, and curse them that curseth
thee." He said that because the Bible
points to the right of a Jewish land to ex-
ist, he unconditionally supports it. But he
also said that because Israel is the United
States' best Middle East friend, in an area
surrounded by Soviet-influenced Arab na-
tions, that's all the more reason to support
it.
It is also no secret that Falwell is close
friends with Begin. He credits Begin with
destroying the PLO in Lebanon three
years ago. "Because of Begin, the PLO is
a toothless organization," Falwell said.
"And had the Americans left him alone,
there would be no PLO threat today."
"Judea and Samaria are clearly the pro-
perty of the Jews historically and Biblical-

ly," Falwell continued on his discussion
about Israel. "No Israeli government can
survive by bargaining them away. The
problems there are very complex and very
serious, and they are not getting better.I
think Peres and Sha-mir are both sincere -
ly approaching the problem, but there are
no quick solutions. I don't think Judea or
Samaria are negotiable any more than
Jerusalem is if Israel hopes to survive.
"I met with Peres and Shamir while I
was in Israel last February. Peres is a lit-
tle nervous about being as open in his rela-
tions with conservative American Chris-
tians as people who are liberal politically
and it brings a lot of heat upon him when
he publicly shows a friendship with conser-
vative Christians. But I feel he is as com-
mitted to us as we are to him, and I
understand the politics of Israel as well as
I understand the politics of this country.
Shamir is reservedly intimate with us.
"I don't necessarily see a time when
there will ever be perfect peace in the
region," Falwell continued. "I'm not sure
we're going to see perfect peace in the
Western hemisphere. Cuba is a reality and
so is Nicaragua. I think the best we can
hope for is strong leadership in the free
be
world, including Israel. This has got to -
the type of leadership that defies capitula
tion. That's the only thing our enenues
understand...strength. Our enemies and
the enemies of Israel are one andthe same.
And if Israel ever adopts the philosophY

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