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October 21, 1988 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-10-21

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Semitism at home, or should
it support the establishment
of an independent PLO ter-
rorist state within Israel,
while promoting anti-Semites
to positions of political power
in America?
In answering this question,
there is only one presidential
choice at the ballot box for the
American Jewish community
— George Bush.
Bush's support for Israel is
not mere rhetoric, and his ties
to the Jewish community are
not ephemeral. As chairman
of the presidential task force
on terrorism, Bush has con-
sistently condemned and
refused to recognize or
negotiate with the PLO, and
continues to proclaim his
steadfast opposition to a
Palestinian state.
"The U.S. will not support
any role in the peace process
for the PLO," he emphatical-
ly stated. "We oppose the
creation of an independent
Palestinian state. Its
establishment is inimical to
the security interests of
Israel, Jordan, and the U.S.
We will not support the crea-
tion of any Palestinian enti-
Meanwhile, his Democratic
counterpart declined to op-
pose a Palestinian state on
more than five separate occa-
sions. lb add insult to injury,
Dukakis bestowed vice
presidential-like status upon
Israel's most visible enemy in
the Democratic Party — Jesse
Jackson, Yasser Arafat's and
Louis Farrakhan's best buddy
in American politics.
In praising Jackson,
Dukakis gushed, "We are say-
ing the same thing, we have
the same message." Dukakis
promised to make Jackson
part of his presidential tran-
sition team if elected. In most
administrations, transition
team participants go on to
become prominent fixtures of
the administration.
Jackson already has com-
municated his interest in
functioning as a Middle East
negotiator. The idea of
Secretary or Ambassador
Jackson should cause all Jews
to be more than a little
Moreover, while Bush swift-
ly flushed those accused of
anti-Semitism from his cam-
paign, Dukakis and the
Democratic National Com-
mittee continue to welcome
several Farrakhanesque anti-
Semites and self-proclaimed
haters of Israel with open
arms into the ranks of the
Democratic Party leadership.
Like the old adage goes, you
can tell a lot about a person
by the company he keeps.
Though Dukakis has no
record on or experience with

foreign policy, we know where
he stands on defense, and his
desire to weaken America's
defenses will surely weaken
Israel, as well.
Another aspect of Dukakis'
wimpish foreign policy is his
plan to turn over every
foreign conflict to United Na-
tions arbitration, including
the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Were this isolationist idea the
foreign policy of any other ad-
ministration, Israel would
long be expunged from the
map by the Arab and com-
munist dominated U.N.

Promoting the security of Israel.

Dukakis also wants to rely
on international peace con-
ferences, the pro-Palestinian
European Economic Com-
munity and other such "uto-
pian" forums to resolve the
Middle East conflict. He also
has criticized Israel's
response to the Palestinian
uprising. If you liked Jimmy
Carter on the Middle East,
you'll love Michael Dukakis.
Bush has a more realistic
view of America's and Israel's
defense needs and has pledg-
ed to maintain and
strengthen these.
"Israel is our strongest
friend in the Middle East, for
democracy . . . We have a com-
mitment to keep their
qualitative edge superior to
that of all the Arab countries
together," he said. It is Bush's
strong commitment to
defense that brought the
Soviets to the negotiating
table for the INF Treaty and
forced them to increase the
number of Jewish emigrants.
He is opposed to an interna-
tional peace conference and
understands that Israel must
maintain some control over
the Palestinian uprising.
"I recognize Israel's respon-
sibility to restore law and
order . . . The Palestinians, on
the other hand, have the
responsibility not to engage
in violence and disorderly
conduct," he said.
Bush has pledged attenua-
tion of our support of the U.N.

if it does not repeal the
"Zionism is racism" resolu-
tion, and withdrawal from the
U.N. if "Israel is ever denied
membership . . . If Israel is
ever voted out of the U.N., the
United States will walk out
with it . . . No wedge will be
driven between the United
States and Israel, because
Israel is our friend and
strategic ally . . . Let no one
divide America and Israel."
Dukakis claims to support
Israel but so did Jimmy
Carter, and under Carter we
saw a president who voted in
the U.N. for the obscene
resolution equating Israel
with the Nazis, a president
who regarded . Israel as a
strategic liability, a president
who secretly negotiated with
the PLO, a president who
even forbade the ships of the
U.S. sixth fleet to buy Israeli
fruits and vegetables.
Actions and resolve speak
louder than words. Under the
leadership of Reagan and
Bush, the United States has
shown that it will not allow
attacks on Israel to go un-
challenged. No wonder the
level and severity of such at-
tacks in the U.N. and
elsewhere decreased
dramatically in recent years.
Today Israel is a major non-
NATO ally regarded as a
strategic asset, and the
United States and Israel are
engaged in joint planning and
military exercises.
Wolf Blitzer of The
Jerusalem Post wrote, "Israeli
Jews would prefer Vice Presi-
dent Bush . . . They are focus-
ed on the United States at-
titude toward their country —
and that points them toward
the Republicans. Israelis see
the Reagan administration as
having been very supportive
. . . Israelis see the GOP as a
more reliable ally . . . They
believe that Michael Dukakis
would probably be . . . hard on
Israel . . . given the pressures
for war and peace in the Mid-
dle East."
In comparing Bush's Middle
East position paper to the
"very pro-Israel record of the
Reagan administration,"
Blitzer said that Bush had
"gone beyond existing U.S.
Another important aspect
of both presidential tickets is
that of the prospective vice
The Republican vice
presidential candidate, Sen.
Dan Quayle, has a strong
record of support for Israel
during his congressional
career. In 1982, he voted to in-
crease assistance levels for
aid to Israel far above the ad-
ministration request. He has
sponsored a long list of major
legislation benefitting Israel,

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