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July 08, 1988 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-07-08

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ack from a trip to
Israel, Nobel laureate
Elie Wiesel admitted
in a New York Times' op-ed
piece last week that he has no
idea how to solve the
Israeli-Palestinian situation
reasonably and equitably.
"If there is a realistic solu-
tion to the problem," writes
Wiesel, "I do not know it."
Suggestions by "right-wing
Israeli fanatics" to "transfer"
all Palestinians to Jordans
are "a disgrace," he wrote.
And some Israeli liberals, he
said, "are ready to give up all
the territories immediately.
To whom?','
Although Wiesel cautioned
against Israel negotiating
with the PLO as long as it
remains a terrorist organiza-
tion, he asked, "If the PLO is
not an interlocuter, who could
Yet of this impasse, he cau-
tioned, "one must not lose
hope!' "Somehow," a solution
will be found that is
acceptable to both sides, said
Wiesel, as he thought of the
"Arab children whom I
watched walking to school —
and of the young Jewish
soldiers with their tormented
gaze. How long will joy be
denied to all of them?"
"More than ever," he wrote
wistfully, "I would like to
believe in miracles!'

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1988

Immediately below Wiesel's
opinion piece in the Times,
the paper's iconoclastic col-
umnist Anthony Lewis wrote
that the answer to the Mid-
east situation had just surfac-
ed in a statement from Yasir
Arafat's "close adviser,"
Bassam Abu Sharif, that
resonated with a "tone of
mutuality and respect."
Palestinians, wrote Abu
Sharif, want "lasting peace
and security for themselves
and Israelis because no one
can build his own future on
the ruins of another's." ,
Abu Sharif's assertion that
there is "no way for any
dispute to be settled without
direct talks between the par-
ties to that dispute," said
Lewis, meets "straightfor-
wardly, without any fencing
about, the long-held Israeli
view that a peace settlement
must be reached by direct

The statement first
appeared as part of a PLO
pamphlet circulated June 7 at
the Arab summit in Algiers.
Excerpts were subsequently
published on the Times' op-ed
page under Abu Sharifs by-
To Lewis, the Abu Sharif
statement represents "the
most explicit and articulate
endorsement so far by the
Palestinian mainstream of a
two-state solution: A Palestin-
ian state living in peace
alongside Israel!'
But Lewis was dubious
about Israel's reaction to the
PLO's alleged about-face. As
Palestinian sentiment for
"negotiations and com-
promise" has been growing in
recent years, said Lewis,
Israel has been turning away
from "its old eagerness to
talk without conditions."
"The Abu Sharif paper,"
concluded Lewis, "makes
irresistibly clear that there
are Palestinians who are
ready to deal . . . To spurn
them now would be a gift to
the rejectionists."

Are Israel Bonds
Funding Intifada?

Israel Bonds officials say
they are unaware of such
fiscal sleight-of-hand, but U.S.
News & World Report states
that the PLO has been using
Israel Bonds purchased in the
U.S. to funnel money into the
West Bank and Gaza to fuel
the Palestinian uprising.
In a recent "Washing-
ton Whispers" column,
USN&WR reported that a
PLO front man in the U.S.
buys Israel bonds in the U.S.
with funds provided by
backers of the Palestine
Liberation Organization. The
bonds, which are "less likely
to arouse suspicion than large
amounts of cash," are then
taken to Israel, where they
are converted into currency
which is subsequently
smuggled into the disputed
The PLO uses this subter-
fuge, according to the news
magazine, to get around
Jerusalem's recent move to
limit amounts of cash that
may be received from abroad.
U.S. News based its report
on "intelligence sources in
The magazine also reported
that "extremist religious
sects" that do not recognize
the legitimacy of Israel as a
state are using their "finan-
cial network" to funnel funds
to Palestinians.

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