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relations and disseminating
the message that "at all costs,
the PLO is not a partner to
negotiations," he said.
Despite this declaration
that Israel will stay the
course, events of the last
month have caused a change
in Israeli perceptions, Wall
said. He expressed confidence
that the new government will
restore an Israeli concensus
that will allow American
Jews to more comfortably
support Israel.
American Jews may feel
caught between their govern-
ment's new attitude toward
the PLO and Israel's non-
recognition. They may want a
speedy solution to relieve
their discomfort. That is not
Israel's job, Ettinger said.
Wall pointed out that, at
the moment, Israel is concen-
trating on shoring up its
economy. The PLO and public
relations are found some-
where lower on Israel's list of
priorities. Friends of Israel
must be content to wait for a
reasoned Israeli response.
"There's no magic wand
here. the stakes are too high
to turn this into a Madison
Avenue competition," Wall
said.

David Holzel is currently
covering Israel for The
Jewish News and The
Baltimore Jewish Times from
Jerusalem.

Holocaust Program
Is Rejected Again

Washington (JTA) — Educa-
tion Secretary Lauro Cavazos
recently rejected the latest
appeal from members of Con-
gress to fund a Holocaust
education program for junior
and senior high school
students.
In a Dec. 27 letter to Rep.
Ted Weiss (D-N.Y.), who was
seeking $70,000 in discre-
tionary funds for the Brook-
line, Mass.-based program,
Cavazos said, "I do not an-
ticipate overturning the deci-
sions made as part of the
grants process for last year."
Weiss and other lawmakers
have also complained that
rightwing groups, such as
Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle
Forum, have lobbied hard
against the program.
The department evaluated
the program positively in
1986 and 1987, but right-
wing reviewers of the pro-
gram said it did not adequate-

ly present the Nazi point of
view.
Last year, the department
eliminated the civics,
geography and history
categories from which the
program would have been
funded.
Cavazos also said he found
"no evidence of anti-Semitic
bias" against the program.

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Members

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port organization in south-
eastern Michigan for Jewish
lesbians and gays, is now ac-
cepting members.
There is an annual
membership fee. To find out
more about Simcha or to
become a member, call the
organization's 24-hour infor-
mational hotline, 353-8025 or
write to: Simcha, P.O. Box
652, Southfield 48037.

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was Arafat's implied threat
on the life of Bethlehem's
Mayor Elias Freij. The mayor
proposed a U.N.-sponsored
truce to end the intifada.
Arafat responded by saying
that anyone who suggests en-
ding the uprising "exposes
himself to the bullets of his
own people."
"We're trying to project the
true face of these leaders,"
Levy said of his office's work
that includes informational
meetings with groups and is-
suing background papers to
Israel's consulates for
circulation.
"You can generally count on
the PLO to trip up," Wall said
of the Arafat death threat.
The ADL director cautioned,
though, that Israel should not
rely on its adversaries'
mistakes as a substitute for
policy.
Such a policy, which Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir has
promised to unveil, should be
put on the table as soon as
possible, said Wall who,
unlike Ettinger and Levy,
does not represent Israel's
government. If Israel took the
initiative now, it would
benefit from dispelling its in-
transigent image, Wall added.
Ettinger disagreed. "There
is no need to rush into a new
initiative just because
something happened," he
said. At this time, Israel's ac-
tions are limited to public

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