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July 31, 1987 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-07-31

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Senator Backs U.S.
Persian Gulf Policy

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United States policy in the
Persian Gulf is "correct" and
American aid to Israel is a
bargain, according to one na-
tional Republican leader.
Sen. Rudy Boschwitz of
Minnesota told a Detroit-area
parlor meeting Monday night
that the greatest danger to
ships flying the U.S. flag in
the gulf comes from sea-borne
terrorist's, not from mines or
silkworm missiles. Generally,
"I think our ships are safe."
Should the Iranians attack
a U.S. vessel, America must
strike back, he said.
He explained that the
Soviets have lately stepped up
their diplomatic activity in
the Middle East. The USSR
rescheduled the multi-billion
dollar debts owed to them by
Egypt and Syria, reestablish-
ed relations with Oman,
made diplomatic approaches
to Israel and Jordan, and
committed itself to protecting
gulf shipping.
Despite the higher Soviet
profile, "not everyone wants
Soviet arms." Israel has
"sold" millions of dollars of
U.S. arms by proving the in-
feriority of Soviet weapons on
the battlefield, the Minnesota
Republican said.
Sen. Boschwitz compared
the $80-$90 billion the U.S.
spends annually on the
defense of Europe and the
$40-$50 billion spent in the
Far East, with the $4 billion
earmarked for Israel. "In the
Middle East we spend very
little money because Israel

Sen. Rudy Boschwitz: Captivated
by Col. North.

spends money of its own."
Born in pre-Hitler Ger-
many, Boschwitz humorously
described himself to his
listeners as "the only
member of the Senate who is
not eligible to run for presi-
dent (because of his foreign
birth) and probably the only
senator not currently runn-
ing for president." The
gathering was a preparatory
meeting for the upcoming
Lubavitch FoUndation fund-
raising event.

Turning to the Iran-Contra
hearings, the senator said he
believes that President
Reagan was unaware of the
covert activities of the Na-
tional Security Council's
Oliver North and John
Poindexter but, he emphasiz-
ed, "the boss has to know."
Sen. Boschwitz called Col.
North "very captivating," but
added that "North and

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Sofer (scribe) Yosef Lange completes a sefer Torah as Manny and
Natalie Charach look on. The Charachs commissioned the scroll for
the Jewish Home for Aged's Fleischman Residence.

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