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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-10-21

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from leading the fight to get
Israel the Arrow missile, to
closing the PLO offices, to
supporting a U.S. embassy
move to Jerusalem.
In addition, Quayle played
a key leadership role in see-
ing Israel designated a major
non-NATO ally of the United
States. On Oct. 10, during a
spontaneous question-and-
answer period at the Detroit
Economic Club, Quayle
answered a question by in-
stinctively remarking,
"When you look at the Mid-
dle East, the first thing you
think about is preserving and
promoting the security of
Israel. The security of Israel
is related to the security of
the U.S., and that is the first
and foremost objective."
The Democratic vice
presidential candidate, Sen.
Lloyd Bentsen, has never
sponsored a major piece of
legislation of interest to the
Jewish community. He was,
however, the Democratic floor
leader in the Senate for the
1981 sale of the AWACS and

F-15 enhancement equip-
ment to Saudi Arabia, going
out of his way and against his
own party to support this
crucial vote.
In addition, Bentsen
belonged to three — count
'em, three — exclusive coun-
try clubs which discriminate
against Jews and blacks. He
resigned from these clubs on-
ly three weeks after being
chosen as Dukakis' running
mate.
The religion of prospective
first ladies shouldn't be a
campaign issue. That Kitty
Dukakis, who suddenly
became aware of and involv-
ed with the Jewish communi-
ty when her husband decided
to run for president, is
Jewish, has created quite an
undue fuss, and she has ex-
ploited the situation to get
Jewish votes and financial
backing.
We know where Bush
stands — firmly behind the
interests of Israel and the
Jewish community. We know
where he was when he or-

chestrated Operation Moses,
airlifting thousands of im-
poverished and oppressed
Ethiopian Jews to Israel in
1985.
We know where Bush was
when he convinced President
Reagan to conduct Operation
Sheba to rescue he remaining
Ethiopian Jews abandoned
when Operation Moses was
discovered and halted, and
when he negotiated with
Sudanese president Numeiry
to obtain Sudanese coopera-
tion for the rescue mission.
And we know where he was
when the Bush contolled
1988 Republican National
Convention elicited what the
American Israel Public Af-
fairs Committee (AIPAC) call-
ed "the most pro-Israel
political party platform in
U.S. history?'
On Nov. 8, all American
Jews have a crucial
responsbility and duty to
make sure that he does have
something to say about it, by
casting their ballots for
George Bush for president.

Michael Dukakis

Continued from Page 7

Dukakis knows the impor-
tance of maintaining a
pluralistic society. In 1983, he
signed one of the toughest
religious-vandalism laws in
the country. Half his appoint-
ments to state offices have
been women.
Dukakis knows the impor-
tance of remembering the
Holocaust. In 1985, he
became the first governor to
host a dinner in support of the
National Holocaust Memorial
— the first state dinner ever
at the Massachusetts State
House. Dukakis knows that
"Human rights must never
again be considered just an
internal matter?'
And Dukakis knows the im-
portance of working to free
Soviet Jews. Not only has he
promised to make this a "ma-
jor priority of my administra-
tion," he and his wife Kitty —
whose great-grandparents
fled Russian pogroms —
already have achieved
remarkable success in freeing
Jewish refuseniks.
We have heard both parties
questioned about their com-
mitment to support Israel.
And we are right to be skep-
tical about so critical an issue,
even as both candidates pro-
claim their unswerving
support.
But we Jews should con-
sider which candidate has a
commitment in his heart to
Israel, which candidate has a
commitment not dependent
on the pressures of presiden-

Bentsen: No arms sales to Arabs.
tial politics. It is that can-
didate who, as president, can
be expected to stand up to the
anti-Israel forces in his own
party.
Is it George Bush, who, in
1979 said talks with the
Palestine Liberation
Organization had a "certain
attraction?" Is it Bush, who
just last summer, speaking
before the B'nai B'rith con-
vention, boasted of having
forged a "stronger relation-
ship" with the Arab states —
a relationship forged in large
part through the sale of
billions of dollars of
sophiticated arms — arms
sales both Mike Dukakis and
Lloyd Bentsen have con-
sistently opposed? Is it Bush,
whose own campaign co-
chairman, Gov. John Sununu
of New Jersey, remains the
only governor to refuse to con-
demn the infamous United
Nations resolution equating
Zionism with racism?

Compare the record of
another governor. Shortly
after passage of that odious
resolution, Dukakis con-
demned it as "an expression
of the world turned upside
down:' He cancelled state
trips to countries that had
voted for the resolution. He
signed a state proclamation
repudiating it.
Dukakis' support for Israel
has been both broad and deep.
In 1976, he became the first
governor to decree that com-
panies doing business with
his state could not participate
in the Arab League boycott of
Israel. Under his administra-
tion, Massachussets was the
first state to enter a com-
prehensive economic-
development agreement with
Israel.
"Israel's fate is our fate,"
Dukakis said. He is commit-
ted to Israel's undivided con-
trol of Jerusalem and opposes
a return to Israel's pre-1967
borders, saying "Israel needs
room to breathe."
When forces led by the Rev.
Jesse Jackson pressed at the
Democratic Convention for
inclusion, in the party plat-
form, of a plank supporting
Palestinian statehood,
Dukakis stood firm and kept
that plank out of the
platform.
And Dukakis has rejected
every one of the recommenda-
tions for senior policy pois-
tions put forth by the anti-

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