The Motor City
still calls to her
the California sun.
LIFE IN ISRAEL
Taming The Yehib
Relig ious News Service
Researchers at Ben Gurion U. are
domesticating wild fruit trees.
Dena Bernstein's swimming took
a rollercoaster ride in 1987.
Israeli soldiers check an Arab's identity papers.
The 40-Year Folly Of Obstinance
Continues For The Palestinians
ne of the lessons of this season's
National Football League players'
strike is that the weaker side in a
negotiation will inevitably lose if it tries
to stick to principles and refuses to com-
promise. It may be noble for the strong to
make concessions but, as the team owners
demonstrated, it is not necessary. The same
is true in international relations. Perhaps
the best example of the folly of obstinance
is the policy pursued by the Palestinians in
their conflict with the Israelis.
A recent demonstration of the Palesti-
nians' unwillingness to acknowledge their
relative position in negotiations occurred
when Palestinian leaders refused to meet
with Secretary of State George Shultz dur-
ing his visit to Israel. For years the Palesti-
nians have complained that the United
States has ignored their plight, and yet
when they are given the opportunity to ex-
press their views to the chief foreign policy
maker of our nation they manufacture ra-
tionalizations for passing up their chance
to be heard. lb observers of Middle East af-
fairs this represents yet another example
of how the Palestinians have helped to in-
sure their own misery.
Although there are occasionally
moderate voices emanating from the West
Bank, the Palestinians have, for the most
part, chosen to live in a dream world in
which stronger parties — Israel and the
United States — will be forced to negotiate
with them on their own terms. Those
terms, that the Palestinians are entitled to
Dr. Mitchell Bard is a foreign policy analyst in
Washington, D.C. This article was written before the
recent demonstrations in the Gaza Strip.
a homeland in what is now Israel and that
the PLO is their spokesman, are not
The Palestinians' response to the
Israelis' unwillingness to negotiate is
analgous to that of the football players. In-
stead of a strike involving a refusal to work,
however, the Palestinians have pursued a
military strike; that is, a campaign of ter-
rorism in the hope of forcing the Israelis to
give in to their demands. The problem is
that Israel can cope with terrorism and
therefore the Palestinians do not have the
power to compel Israel to do anything. In
fact, the Israelis only respond the way the
football owners did — they impose greater
punishment on their weaker opponents.
The football owners argued that they
could not give in to the players' demands
for free agency because it would be a threat
to the game. The Israelis say they cannot
give in to the Palestinians' demands
because they would threaten the State. The
scale of importance may be different, but
the principle is nevertheless the same. It
took the players three weeks of suffering
the loss of hefty salaries to recognize that
they were too weak to challenge the
owners. The Palestinians still have not
come to the realization that they are too
weak to challenge the Israelis after 40
years of far greater suffering.
Just as there were a handful of players
who did not believe a strike was in their
best interests, there are Palestinians who
have crossed the PLO picket line and at-
tempted to talk in conciliatory tones to the
Israelis. Unlike football players, who were
subject only to verbal harassment, however,
the Palestinian "scabs" become targets for
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A childhood love of the ivories
has become a life-long passion
for newcomer Steven Rosenfeld.
The Gaza Strip disturbances recall
forgotten lessons from the 1960s.
A Hillel Sabbatical
Michael Brooks is taking a
short break from his duties
at the Hillel Foundation.
It's Party Time!
Take a photographic peek
at a popular winter dance.
January 1, 1988
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS