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June 10, 1988 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-06-10

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JUNE 10, 1988 / 25 SIVAN 5748

Keeping Diplomacy Alive

On yet another mission to the Middle East, Secretary of State
Shultz tried to bolster the U.S. initiative for an international
peace conference, but came away with no assurances


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Daily superstitions. See Page 49.




For American
Jewish children,
media images of
the Arab-Israeli
conflict have ugly

Ryan Fields is influenced by the
international news.


Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Secretary of State
George Shultz arrived in Israel this
week with a blunt, no-frills message
for Israeli leaders: Work towards
peace or prepare for a war of unprece-
dented proportions.
"The next war," he declared, "will
be unlike any conflict we have seen
before, involving more casualties and
proving harder to contain."
Nor did Shultz pull his punches
over the future of the territories: "The
continued occupation of the West
Bank and Gaza, and the frustration
of Palestinian rights, is a dead-end
street?' he said. "The belief that this
can continue is an illusion?'
Shultz, who spent seven hours in
Israel, met with Prime Minister Yit-
zhak Shamir, Foreign Minister
Shimon Peres and Defense Minister
Yitzhak Rabin, as well as with
members of the Knesset Foreign Af-
fairs and Defense Committee and

families of refuseniks in the Soviet
As in previous meetings with
Shamir, however, Shultz came away
with slim pickings. His chilling pro-
jection appeared to have little effect
on the Israeli leader, who once again
rejected any approach to peace-
making — particularly an interna-
tional peace conference — that
deviated from the Camp David for-
mula of direct negotiations.
Shamir, on his diplomatic best
behavior, contented himself with ex-
pressing his deep gratitude to Shultz
for "sharing with us his comments,
his interpretations and his views?'
The U.S. secretary later confirm-
ed that he had raised the case of
Mubarak Awad, the Palestinian-
American peace activist, whose ap-
peal against deportation was rejected
by Israel's High Court just hours
before his arrival.
He declined to elaborate on the
case, but a senior State Department
human rights official, Richard
Shifter, who accompanied the

secretary, was left behind to work out,
in cooperation with Israeli officials, a
mechanism for investigating allega-
tions of human rights abuses by Pal-
estinians in the territories.
Shultz did have one surprise for
Israeli leaders: The Soviet Union, he
told them, had displayed a positive at-
titude toward the Middle East conflict
during last week's Moscow summit,
and he hinted that a joint U.S.-Soviet
approach might be forthcoming.
Attempts to bridge the gap bet-
ween Moscow (which is demanding an
"active" peace conference) and
Washington (which seeks a passive,
legitimizing forum) will be made at a
meeting next month between U.S.
Assistant Secretary of State for Near
Eastern Affairs Richard Murphy and
his Soviet counterpart, Vladimir
It is expected that Shultz will
return to the region again following
the Murphy-Polyakov meeting.
At his meeting with the Knesset
Foreign Affairs and Defense Commit-

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