of history, religious belief or
Shamir is not, to be sure,
opposed to negotiations; on
the contrary, he positively ad-
vocates direct talks with
Israel's neighbors. However,
he adamantly rejects two
critical elements in such
talks: the involvement of the
PLO under any circum-
stances and the very idea of
And it is precisely these two
components which Washing-
ton appears to have concluded
are the essential prere-
quisites for a successful con-
summation of diplomatic ef-
forts aimed at resolving the
If Bush is indeed deter-
mined to push Israel into
peace talks, Washington and
Jerusalem will be set on a
fateful collision course.
Those minority voices
which have long advocated a
reduction in Israel's excessive
dependence on Washington's
largess, drowned out over the
past eight years by a chorus
of ridicule from Israelis who
had grown accustomed to a
generous, benign, endlessly
forgiving Reagan administra-
tion, are now likely to receive
a far more attentive hearing.
In addition to the substan-
tial military and civilian aid
which flows across the Atlan-
tic each year, Israel and the
United States are bound by a
plethora of agreements and
memoranda of understanding
on a range of issues from
strategic cooperation and in-
telligence sharing to free
Such pacts, however, are ef-
fective only as long as they
serve the mutual interests of
the contracting parties.
Indeed, only last month the
United States reneged — in
Israeli eyes, at least — on its
written pledge not to consort
with the PLO unless certain
stringent conditions were
met. Jerusalem clearly felt
those conditions had not been
met; the United States, after
an apparent flip-flop, con-
cluded that they had.
Israel will be without
another important element in
its diplomatic arsenal when it
confronts the new United
States President: a united
American Jewish leadership.
Torn by a commitment to
Israel, loyalty to the president
and by genuine ideological
differences over the course
Israel should follow, the
American Jewish consensus,
which remained relatively in-
tact through the eight years
of Ronald Reagan's presiden-
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Loveseat Reg. $725 Sale $544. Teak Wall
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Table with Tile Top Reg. $349 Sale $279.
Teak Corner Table with Tile Top Reg. $255
Sale $205. 5 Piece Special; 3 Seat Sofa,
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