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October 14, 1988 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-10-14

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the upcoming hearings
should be limited to Israeli
labor practices within the
Green Line — a position that
could make it difficult for
Arab American groups to use
the hearings as a forum for a
broader discussion of Israel's
policies in the administered
territories.
Legally , this has been the
State Department's position
all along — a fact that has
added to the confusion and
outrage over the trade repre-
sentative's decision last
month.

Rumors Abound
On Future
Cabinet Posts

As November draws near,
Washington is increasingly
speculating about possible
cabinet appointments to
whichever new administra-
tion settles into the White
House in January.
And last week produced a
bumper crop of cabinet talk
among Jewish activists here.
On the Republican side,
there are new reports that
New Hampshire Governor
John Sununu is in line for a
top post. According to sources
close to the campaign,
Sununu himself expects to be
appointed Secretary of Com-
merce in a Bush
administration.
This prospect is troubling
for pro-Israel groups. Sununu,
a Lebanese American who
was the only governor to re-
ject a statement condemning
the U.N. "Zionism as racism"
resolution, is widely per-
ceived as favoring the Palesti-
nian side in the Middle East
conflict.
As secretary of commerce,
Sununu would have control
over enforcement of anti-
boycott legislation affecting
Israel.
And the commerce post is a
key element in U.S. leverage
against the Soviet Union in
human rights matters.
Democrats are also getting
some mileage from an old
press clipping on the conser-
vative New Hampshire gover-
nor.
Republicans have insisted
that Sununu is not a part of
the Bush foreign policy team
— and that in a Bush admin-
istration, he would not play a
part in international
relations.
Sununu has attempted to
minimize the fallout from his
refusal to sign the "Zionism

as racism" resolution by argu-
ing that, as a governor, he felt
it inappropriate to become in-
volved in matters of interna-
tional controversy.
But in 1987, Sununu had a
different explanation for his
refusal. On July 1, 1987, the
conservative Manchester
Union Leader reported that
the governor explained his
refusal by insisting that he
wanted to avoid becoming in-
volved in Middle East con-
troversies — in case Bush ever
decided to use him to help
negotiate a Middle East
peace.
Jim Baker, Bush's cam-
paign chairman and former
secretary of the treasury, is
widely believed to be Bush's
choice for secretary of state.
At least a few Jewish insiders
on Capitol Hill are wary of
him, given his Houston oil
connections.
On the Democratic side,
there is more talk about Rep.
Lee Hamilton as the likeliest
choice as secretary of state in
a Dukakis administration —
so much so that there is
already preliminary jockey-
ing for Hamilton's key post as
chairman of the Europe and
the Middle East Subcommit-
tee of the House Foreign Af-
fairs Committee.
Hamilton has occasionally
been at loggerheads with the
pro-Israel community. In May,
he signed a "dear colleague"
letter expressing displeasure
at the deportation of
Mubarak Awad from the West
Bank. He has also expressed
reservations about foreign aid
— and about the high propor-
tion of U.S. aid gong to Israel
and Egypt.
Despite these problems,
Israel's supporters here
generally regard Hamilton as
evenhanded and fair.

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