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March 11, 1988 - Image 40

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I PURELY COMMENTARY

Political Agenda

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on Israel and other issues. For
example, U.S. News and
World Report, in the
Washington Whispers Page,
was critical of Vice President
George Bush's attitude when
it stated:
Tilting against Israel?
George Bush has a Jewish
problem. That is the judg-
ment of some well-wired
Jewish Republicans after
Bush's extraordinary on-
camera clash with Dan
Rather. They say that it
looked as if the Vice Presi-
dent was blaming Israel
for the arms-for-hostages
deal with Iran.
Even some of Bush's
Jewish supporters now
believe that if he became
President, he would move
American policy in the
direction of
evenhandedness between
Arab and Israeli. Although
Bush has loyally supported
Ronald Reagan's tilt
toward Jerusalem, he
privately believes that the
welfare of Israel has weigh-
ed too heavily in this coun-
try's decision making in
the Middle East.

Robertson's Role

uch is to be antici-
pated in the confu-
sion of politics and
in the process of differing on
the many questions that are
certain to arise.
In the course of politicking,
there will surely be hundreds
of articles and many books by
and about the candidates.
The former TV Evangelist
Pat Robertson beat them to
the gun.
Pat Robertson: A Personal,
Religious and Political Por-
trait by David Edwin Harrell
(Harper and Row) quotes the
many views of this candidate,
including the religious
aspects of Israel and the Jews.
Robertson "saw a combina-
tion of developments in the
modern world that seek to be
fulfillments of all biblical pro-
phecies. Most important were
the international
developments surrounding
the establishment of Israel in
1948 and the Jewish annexa-
tion of Jerusalem in 1967,"
acording to Robertson's
biographical author, Harrell.
In the issues involving the
debate over the "moral ma-
jority" contentions, Orthodox
Jews are referred to as sup-
porting them.
Author Harrell makes
every effort to reject suspi-
cions that the candidate has
anti-Jewish prejudices.
On the question of church-
state separation, Harrell
writes: "At the most obvious
level, Robertson's political

ambitions raise questions
about the peculiar American
experiment in separation of
church and state. Throughout
most of American history,
church and state manage to
coexist in relative harmony,
allowing for the general ac-
ceptance of Christianity as
the national religion, but
guarding against government
favoritism toward any par-
ticular sect."
Doesn't this give emphasis
to the views of people in the
Robertson ranks who treat
this as a Christian nation?
The Robertson story will be
read and studied in quest for
such facts. Therefore, such
biographies prove valuable in
testing the candidates.

Feinberg's
Genius

c

harles E. Feinberg
left so many legacies
that tributes to his
memory will resound
endlessly.
Furthermore, for many
years to come his genius as an
art collector and as an
authority on ceremonial ob-
jects- will serve as guidelines
for archivists and students of
history.
His obituary listed the
scores of universities
throughout the land which
became dependent on his
knowledge in organizing
libraries and museums.
The Hebrew University in
Jerusalem is especially in-
debted to his inspiration.
He became an authority on
Walt Whitman and a
possessor of the Whitman
classics and manuscripts.
Therefore, his books and ar-
ticles on Whitman are so
valuable historically.
Then came his faith, his
desire to contribute toward
elevating the standards of
Jewish education. He chose
the Lubavitch movement, the
Chabad faithfulness, and
their camping tasks at Camp
Gan Israel for that purpose.
Thus, from Whitman to
Chabad, he has inscribed his
name gloriously in the
chronicles of his generation,
inspiring the generations to
come.

Centenarian's
Memory

A

citation from the
mayor and city coun-
cil of Huntington
Woods to its oldest living
citizen, who has lived there
since 1963, reconstructs an
impressive chapter in
Michigan history.
Honoring Morris H. Berns-
tein, who will mark his 100th

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