CARLA JEAN SCHWARTZ
America's dilemma with drugs
and alcohol is invading the
CARLA JEAN SCHWARTZ
Bill Carroll mixes public relations,
comedy and Jewish interests.
LIFE IN ISRAEL
Eye On The News
The New York Times' photographer
in Israel tries to be informative.
B' NAI MITZVAH
Shamir and Reagan: Don't browbeat the prime minister.
Shamir's Refusal To Endorse
Land For Peace Is No Obstacle
espite softening his tone during his
recent visit to Washington, Israeli
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
still is perceived to be the obstacle to pro-
gress toward peace negotiations.
Shamir deserves much of the blame
because of his poor grasp of American
public relations and his ill-advised remark
that the only thing he liked about
Secretary of State George Shultz's peace
plan was the author's signature. Shamir's
public attitude is partly attributable to
domestic politics; that is, the need to satisfy
his Likud Party and those further to the
right who oppose territorial compromise.
But there also has been a fundamental
misunderstanding of his position because
of his refusal to explicitly state a will-
ingness to trade land for peace.
Unless Shamir is lying and has no in-
terest in negotiations, his position clearly
implies a willingness to make some ter-
ritorial compromises. If this were not true,
then there would be nothing to negotiate.
Shamir is no political novice. He
understands that the only bargaining chip
that Israel possesses and that the Arabs
are interested in is land. Thus, to reach an
agreement, Israel must give up some
To test his sincerity, Jordan's King Hus-
sein need only agree to negotiate. If Shamir
were then to say that Israel is not prepared
to withdraw from any part of the West
Bank, his deceit would be apparent to all.
There is no reason to expect him to take
Dr. Mitchell Bard is a foreign policy analyst in
such a position. The real obstacle to the
peace process is Hussein's unwillingness to
issue the challenge.
The debate on the Shultz initiative, up
until now, has been focused on process; but
the real obstacles to an agreement lie in
the substance. The most serious of these is
the question of Jerusalem. Remember that
the parties could not come to any decision
about Jerusalem at Camp David. Conse-
quently, Egypt, Israel, and the United
States all expressed contradictory views in
Yet for Sadat, the issue was far less im-
portant than it is to Hussein. It is in-
conceivable that Hussein could sign an
agreement acknowledging Israeli
sovereignty over the Holy City. To do so
would be to ask for the same fate that befell
Sadat. At the same time, it is clear that the
one issue on which all Israelis agree is that
Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of
Another crucial issue is the Palestinian
demand for an independent state. There is
a tendency to focus on this issue solely from
the perspective of Israel — that is, the
Israelis' adamant opposition to the creation
of a potentially irredentist PLO state on its
border. Hussein is no less adamant in his
opposition to such a state, however, because
he knows only too well that one of the
PLO's objectives is to overthrow him,
something already tried in 1970. The
Palestinians have made it clear that they
are not prepared to accept a confederation
or any other attachment to Jordan;
therefore, the continued pursuit of such an
outcome is fruitless.
The Israeli settlements also pose a
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The Heller triplets
A complete, informative, upbeat look
at parties, services and food.
After fully adopting Detroit,
Debra Silberstein has a new assignment.
A cheerful self-look
at your happiness quotient.
June 17, 1988
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS