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March 21, 1986 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-03-21

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"People like Falwell have
evolved into symbols in
this country. In the last
election, I heard people
looked at the election as
more of a choice
between Jerry Falwell
and Jesse Jackson than
Walter Mondale and
Ronald Reagan."

of many poliltical liberals in this country,
that of peaceful coexistence and capitula-
tion on meaningful issues, they will lose al-
together.
"I think force is the only way that Israel
can survive. Her enemies don't respond to
anything else. Arafat doesn't understand
diplomacy or negotiation. He is a killer by
nature, and he's a liar. If you decide you're
going to do business with him, you're go-
ing to lose. The only thing he understands
is brute force."
Falwell said that his hard stand for force
against Israel's enemies is by no means
anti-Christian. He said that just because
a Christian forgives and forgets in per-
sonal relationships doesn't mean that he'll
"let a thief break into his home with a
weapon to injure his family and steal his
property and then turn his cheek. It means

Falwell's
New Foundation

Jerry Falwell has made a major an-
nouncement about the Moral Majority
since his interview with • The Jewish

News.

Speaking before reporters at the Na-
tional Press Club in Washington, D.C.,
Falwell announced the formation of a
foundation called the Liberty Federa-
tion. The foundation will act as an um-
brella organization and the Moral
Majority will be included in it.
The intent of the reorganization is to
give the Moral Majority an opportunity
to focus on issues such as abortion ac-
tivities and other "strictly moral issues."
The Liberty Federation, meanwhile,
will focus more on political issues.
Falwell said at the press conference that
he wanted to "broaden his base" to reach
conservatives "who may not be in-
terested in social issues.
The Moral Majority claims to have
500,000 active members with a mailing
list of 6 million. Its annual budget is $7
million. Falwell intends to raise $12
'million for his new project.
Falwell put aside any intent to run for
political office himself. He did say,
however, that the group intends to
register 4 million conservatives by the
next presidential election. Falwell said
that in general he planned to use the new
organization to push issues such as star
wars, support for the Contra rebels of
Nicaragua and for the government of
South Africa.

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he stops him."
Some of Falwell's critics have accused
him of supporting the U.S. sale of AWACS
electronic surveillance aircraft to the
Saudis. Falwell refuted that criticism and
openly called the decision "a mistake. I
have not heard any of the Saudis come out
for Israel's right to exist. If anything, I
think those planes could be used against
Israel, and that's what I'm concerned
about."
On the same front, Falwell and his Moral
Majority have been accused of contribu-
ting monies to be used against liberal, pro-
Israel American politicians seeking re-
election. These politicans include Senators
Frank Church of Idaho, Birch Bayh of In-
diana and Dick Clark of Iowa, all of whom
were defeated.
"I've heard this time and time again,"
Falwell said. "But we did not have any
kind of hit list, and we did not instruct
anyone in the Moral Majority to vote for
anyone. I have read in the press that peo-
ple feel we bankrolled these elections and
got out the vote as some sort of covert
anti-Israel campaign. There is nothing fur-
ther from the truth.
"Christianity and Israel are inseparably
connected. When Israel became a state in
1948, it became a fulfillment of Old and
New Testament prophecy in which Jesus
predicted the budding of the fig tree. We •
know that fig tree to be Israel. And we
believe that God deals with nations in rela-
tion to how they deal with Israel. Israel is
a miracle, and that is why we Christians
support it so staunchly. There is no other
way."
Still, Falwell worries Jews. Many simply
don't trust him. They're sure he's out to
Christianize America.
think when it comes to the political
and secular realm of Falwell, there's a
clearly identifiable common interest be-
tween his interests and interests that are
beneficial to the Jewish community at
large," said an Orthodox Jew who is a
Detroiter conservatively active in
politics. "For example, he's a strong
supporter of Israel, •a strong national
defense, a strong economic policy and free
enterprise. Many of his social positions are
probably similar to positions consistent
with Orthodox Jews.
"But," he continued, "there's a legiti-
mate fear of his strong religious fundamen-
talist views and a concern that some of his
followers who aren't as principled or as in-
telligent as he may be harboring anti-
Semitic feelings. This may be true to some
extent, and it's something for the Jewish
community to be concerned about."
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is an Orthodox

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