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April 08, 1988 - Image 33

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versial Senate letter on the
Shultz peace initiative, Sen.
Rudy Boschwitz (R-Minn.)
and Sen. Carl Levin (D-
Mich.), gave a hint of the
group's political orientation.
Boschwitz, a conservative,
was given a strong ovation;
Levin, a liberal, was received
with polite but restrained
applause.
The event, timed to coincide
with the Lubavitcher Rebbe's
birthday, reflects a growing
involvement in the give-and-
take of Washington politics by
various groups from the Or-
thodox end of the Jewish
spectrum.

A Gore-Jackson
Alliance?

It's always interesting to
note how presidential can-
didates suddenly develop a
strong interest in the Jewish
community about the time
the New York primary rolls
around.
This axiom of politics is
especially clear this year in
the tangled race among
Michael Dukakis, Al Gore
and Jesse Jackson.
The battle for the Jewish
vote began in earnest with

solid favorite of the Jewish
community.
But others argue that every
vote for Dukakis — especial-
ly in New York, where Jewish
votes talk with special
authority — is in fact a vote
for Jackson.
There is even some wild
speculation around town
about an informal Gore-
Jackson alliance to stop
Dukakis. The reasoning goes
like this: the device of attack-
ing Jackson is Gore's best
weapon in New York. And
Jackson is increasingly will-
ing to get into shouting
matches with Gore because a
good Gore showing in New
York might be enough to stop
Dukakis — but not enough to
sidetrack the Jackson cam-
paign.
Jewish activists here are
beginning to talk about one
more aspect of the Jackson
candidacy — the question of
when the highly pragmatic
pro-Israel community will
begin to build bridges to the
Jackson team.
In the past, Jewish groups
have cemented relations with
the unlikeliest of candidates,
ranging from Richard Nixon
to Jesse Helms.
"It's something we need to
think about," said one pro-
Israel lobby. "Jesse Jackson
isn't going to go away; sooner
or later, it's going to be in our
best interests to learn to work
with the man."

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Sen. Jesse Helms:
Not from Brooklyn.

Gore's speech last week at the
Conference of Presidents of
Major Jewish Organizations
in New York. Gore, whose
"southern strategy" exploded
in his face after "Super Tues-
day," attacked Jackson's posi-
tions on the Middle East —
and blasted Michael Dukakis
for supporting the Senate's
"Letter of Thirty."
Gore's speech was followed
by a burst of activity on the
Jewish front from Dukakis,
the front runner who is in-
creasingly seen as threatened
by the fiery black preacher
from Chicago.
The permutations and com-
binations of the resulting bat-
tle have Jewish politicos here
working nights to keep up.
On one hand, some Jewish
Democrats are arguing that
Gore is the only Democrat
who can keep the party the

The Saudi missile flap con-
tinues to ricochet around
town.
According to one House
source, the American Israel.
Public Affairs Committee
(AIPAC) is organizing a major
effort to use the secret
transfer of Chinese-made
missiles to firm up opposition
to new Saudi arms sales.
Already, AIPAC lobbyists
have weighed in by working
with congressional staffs on
several of the "Dear Col-
league" letters critical of the
Saudi missile deception.
The timing of AIPAC's ac-
tivity couldn't be better. Last
week, the administration
took the first step in the pro-
cess of officially notifying
Congress of a new Saudi sale
— in this case, some $450
million in support contracts
for AWACs, along with some
armored personnel carriers.
Several pro-Israel lobbyists
suggest that the details of the
new sales are not particular-
ly critical — but that the pro-
posal will serve as a handle
for hearings on the Saudi's
acquisition of intermediate-
range missiles.

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