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November 13, 1987 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-11-13

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Mixed Feelings Expressed
At Weinberger's Resignation

JAMES DAVID BESSER

Washington Correspondent

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ro-Israeli activists in
Washington have
greeted last week's re-
signation of Defense
Secretary Caspar Weinberger
with mixed feelings.
"I'm sort of sorry to see him
go;' said Shoshana Bryen,
director of the Jewish In-
stitute for National Security
Affairs (JISNA). "In terms of
[U.S.-Israeli] joint ventures
and military contracts, the
last six years have been very
productive. There have been
instances when I've disagreed
with him, but on the whole, I
think his term has been a
good one."
According to former Deputy
Undersecretary of Defense
Dov Zackheina, who was wide-
ly regarded as Weinberger's
point man to get Israel to
drop the Lavi jet project,
Weinberger's problems with
the Jewish community stem
from two factors. "First," he
said, "Secretary Weinberger
felt strongly that it was in
America's best interests to
build friendships with the
Saudi government. The cur-
rent situation in the Gulf is
proving him right. We need
both Saudi Arabia and Israel
as friends.
"And secondly, his initial
counterpart in Israel was
Ariel Sharon. The two men
are very different in tempera
ment, and there was a con-
flict. This affected his reputa-
tion with Jewish groups."
Zackheim also suggested
that Weinberger's role in the
Lavi controversy made him
the target of some pro-Israel
groups. But the record, he
argued, shows that
Weinberger took the lead in
U.S. efforts to provide
military and economic com-
pensation after the Lavi
cancellation.
Most observers expect little
change in U.S. -Israeli rela-
tions as a result of the transi-
tion. Frank Carlucci,
Weinberger's designated suc-
cessor, was a close protege of
the secretary. He served as
deputy defense secretary
before his stint as National
Security Advisor. Also,
Carlucci's tenure will be a
short one; by the time he is
confirmed and brought up to
speed in his new Pentagon of-
fice, the Reagan administra-
tion will be into its last year.
One winner in the cabinet
room may be Secretary of
State George Shultz, who was

Caspar Weinberger:
Mixed Legacy

often pitted against Weinber-
ger in major foreign policy
issues. If Shultz's power does
increase, this may work to
Israel's advantage, since the
Secretary of State is general-
ly regarded as more positive
than Weinberger on Israel.
"From my standpoint, I'll
be more curious to see how
the National Security Coun-
cil functions:' said Shoshana
Bryen of JINSA. "In a lame
duck period, NSC will be
more important than the
Defense Department, since
that's where the day to day
work gets done."

And last week, thanks to
the dramatic intervention of
the family of Robert Stethem,
the young man killed in the
1985 TWA hijacking, Senator
Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) added
his name to the list of co-
sponsors. Sarbanes' support is
critical, since he is one of the
conferees trying to reconcile
the House and Senate ver-
sions of the State Department
authorization bill. The PLO
measure is one of more than
80 amendments to that
massive piece of legislation.
The PLO closing measures,
introduced last spring, were
presumed dead after a
preemptive strike by the
State Department that closed
only the Washington office.
The State Department's ac-
tion was backed by most ma-
jor Jewish organizations, and
the PLO bills were expected
to fade out.
But despite the withdrawal
of many key co-sponsors, the
fight was continued by Rep.
Jack Kemp (R-NY) and Sen.
Charles Grassley (R-IA).
Recently, the measure has
picked up steam, thanks in

part to the active lobbying of
Sherry Stethem, the sister of
the slain Navy diver. Sources
suggest that Stethem was in-
strumental in Sarbane's deci-
sion to support the measure.
The bill also now enjoys the
official support of the
American Israel Public Af-
fairs Committee (AIPAC),
although sources suggest that
AIPAC's support has been
lukewarm because of internal
conflict over the PLO bill.
"The point is that while
there is very little sentiment
in favor of the bill, there are
very few in Congress willing
to be perceived as voting for
the PLO," said an analyst for
a congressional committee in-
volved with the bill. "No one
wants to go on record oppos-
ing it. Nobody wants to look
these victims' families in the
face and say they want the
PLO offices to stay open."

PLO Bill Moving

The bill to close the New
York offices of the Palestine
Liberation Organization re-
mains one of the more
peculiar stories of this con-
gressional session. Despite
strong opposition from the
State Department and indif-
ference from the major Jewish
organizations, the bill con-
tinues to inch ahead.

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IN BRIEF

Latin Refugees
Are Defended

Washington (JTA) — Six-
teen national organizations,
seven of them Jewish, have
urged the U.S. Senate to sup-
port legislation to temporari-
ly stay the deportation and
detention of refugees from El
Salvador and Nicaragua
residing illegally in this coun-
try. who face an uncertain
future in their homelands.
The appeal is focused on S.
332, a bill introduced by Sen.
Dennis DeConcini (D Ariz.).
Companion legislation, in-
troduced by Rep. Joseph
Moakley (D-Mass.), was
adopted by the House of
Representatives on July 28.
The legislation would
authorize the General Ac-
counting Office to investigate
the conditions of Salvadorans
and Nicaraguans in Central
America and also the fate of
those nationals who have
been deported to their native
countries. It would grant
those illegally in the United
States temporary resident

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