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January 30, 1987 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-01-30

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"Where You Come First"


Israel Will Support
International Conference

to bring him to the negotiating
table. Mitterrand and Chirac
reportedly told Peres that Hus-
sein was prepared to attend an
international conference but
also felt some preliminary
points had to be settled.
Addressing a seminar of
Russian immigrants in Ramat
Gan, Premier Yitzhak Shamir
strongly rejected an interna-
tional peace conference on the
Middle East because, he main-
tained, at least three of the
major participants — France,
the People's Republic of China
and the Soviet Union — would
demand that Israel withdraw
to its 1967 borders. He thought
that even the U.S. would insist
on such a retreat, though it
would probably agree to minor
border changes.

Speed essential.

Paris (JTA) — Vice Premier
and Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres asserted in Paris on
Saturday that Israel would
back an international confer-
ence for peace in the Middle
\= East but warned that speed is
essential in advancing the
peace process because the
Iran-Iraq war, continued un-
rest in Lebanon and Arab eco-
nomic difficulties threaten to
destabilize the entire region.
But while Peres, at separate
meetings with President Fran-
cois Mitterrand and Premier
Jacques Chirac, was elucidat-
ing in some detail the condi-
tions Israel would attach to
;-- such a conference and how it
might be organized, Premier
Yitzhak Shamir flatly rejected
the idea. An international con-
>-- ference "will not bring peace or
blessings to Israel," he said.
Peres, who had visited Lon-
don earlier, told his hosts that
three points must be settled:
Israel considers the participa-
tion of the Soviet Union in a
peace conference possible only
after Moscow renews diploma-
tic ties with Israel and restores
,f normal relations with the
Jewish State.
Secondly, the duration of the
conference should be settled in
advance. The conference itself
\ should be a strictly formal af-
/— fair which would launch
negotiations between the par-
ties. Actual negotiations
\_, should be conducted by various
subcommittees, for example, a
Lebanese-Israeli subcommit-
tee, another comprised of Syria
---- and Israel and a third of Israel,
Jordan and a Palestinian dele-
gation, Peres said.
Thirdly, he made clear that
Palestinian representation
must be by independent Pales-
tinians prepared to accept Is-
rael's existence and to seek a
peaceful solution to their con-
flict — not Palestine Libera-
tion Organization delegates.
Peres reportedly told the
French leaders, who them-
selves recently met with King
Hussein of Jordan, that "Hus-
sein is the key to peace" in the
region and that Western
Europe should use its influence

Terry Waite
Blames Israel

New York (JTA) — Terry
Waite personal assistant to the
Archbishop of Canterbury who
is in Beirut trying to negotiate
the release of hostages, ap-
peared Jan. 20 to lay blame for
the hostage situation squarely
on Israel's doorstep.
Speaking in an interview
from Beirut with NBC-TV's
Today Show, Anglican Church
envoy Waite alleged that the
Middle East policies of the
United States and Israel either
caused, exacerbated or pro-
longed the situation of Palesti-
nian refugees that were the
root cause of the hostage-
taking dilemma.
Then, zooming in more speci-
fically on Israel, Waite said
that "this Jewish nation" was
often "excessively hypersensi-
tive" to criticism of the Pales-
tinian situation, and that Is-
rael failed to be adequately
sensitive to the needs of the
Waite expressed surprise
that a nation of people who had
themselves suffered oppres-
sion and persecution should be
inured to the suffering of the
Palestinian refugees in camps
in the occupied territories.
Panning a backdrop of foot-
age of Palestinians picking
their way amidst the rubble of
an indeterminate refugee
camp, NBC interviewed Waite,
speaking from another loca-
tion, who said that until the
problem of the Palestinians
was solved, the world could ex-
pect further instances of
hostage-taking and terrorism.

To Be Marked

Jerusalem — The 20th an-
niversary of the Hebrew Uni-
versity's return to its original
Mount Scopus campus will be
celebrated in Jerusalem May
23-28. The activities coincide
with the celebration of the 20th
anniversary of Israel's victory
in the Six Day War and the
reunification of Jerusalem.


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Dr. Croll Receives
Praise from President

Dr. Maurice Croll, a retired physician
and long-time member of Temple Israel,
has had several volumes of his poetry
published and is a frequent contributor to
the Jewish News.
A recent poem, The Colossus Still
Stands, is a tribute by Dr. Croll to the
100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty
and to poet Emma Lazarus, whose incrip-
tion, The New Colossus, graces the Statue.
President Ronald Reagan, upon reading
Dr. Croll's. poem, wrote him the following
"Dear Dr. Croll,
"Thank .you for your poem and your
message about the Statue of Liberty. Your
words tell me how brightly the flame of
liberty turns within each of us .. .
. . . this beautiful lady has personified
liberty to everyone around the world who,
in the immortal words of Emma Lazarus,
`is yearning to breathe free.'
"With admirers like you, and God will-
ing, our beacon of liberty will always call
out, 'I lift my lamp beside the golden
"Nancy joins me in thanking you for
your kind words and your prayers. God
bless you."
— Ronald Reagan"



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