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February 10, 1989 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-02-10

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I UP FRONT

Rosensaft Hopes Arafat
Talks Will Pave Peace Path

ELIZABETH KAPLAN

Features Editor

M

MK Shevah Weiss (Labor) rests on his copy of the Israeli budget during Knesset debate.

Israeli Adviser Predicts
Negotiations With The PLO

the areas with dense Arab popula-
tions and few Jewish settlers.
"It will become obvious that the

KIMBERLY LIFTON

Staff Writer

I

srael will include the Palestine
Liberation Organization in peace
negotiations within a year
"unless the PLO sabotages its own
gain," a leading expert on the
Bedouin said last week.
Dr. Clinton Bailey, former Israel
liaison to the Lebanese Shiites and an
adviser to the Ministry of Defense,
made the prediction during a visit to
metropolitan Detroit. He addressed
members of the Jewish Welfare
Federation's Breakfast Club and
Young Adult Division.
Bailey warned that options for
peace are limited. Accordingly, he
said, Israel must not become
desperate about finding solutions.
"There are places in the occupied
territories that are not strategically
necessary and others which are. All
must be considered," Bailey said, ad-
ding that Israel could withdraw from

enachem Rosensaft advo-
. cated for years that Israel
should negotiate with the
Palestine Liberation Organization,
but he never imagined he would meet
with PLO Chairman Yassir Arafat.
Rosensaft, national president of
the Labor Zionist Alliance and a
board member of the International
Center for Peace in the Middle East,
said he thought a long time before ac-
cepting an invitation to meet with
Arafat.
Rosensaft was one of five
American Jewish leaders who met
with Arafat and other representatives
of the PLO in Sweden in December.
While he was certain the PLO
had murdered civilians and that a
meeting with Arafat would anger the
Israeli government and the American
Jewish community, Rosensaft said he
could not miss an opportunity that
might bring peace.

PLO will have no peace, and it will be
difficult for the PLO to make peace
with us for all the occupied ter-
ritories," Bailey said. "In two or three
years, the Palestinians who want an
end to occupation on the West Bank
"If I actually believed it was
will see that the PLO is not deliver- critical for Israel and the PLO to get
ing and the Jordanian option will to the negotiating table, how could I
emerge."
refuse to take part in a meeting the
The Jordanian option, supported purpose of which was to obtain a
by Shimon Perez and the Labor Par- statement from the PLO to bring such
ty, calls for a Palestinian state in the negotiations perhaps one step
territories that recognizes Israel. closer?" Rosensaft said during a talk
Under the plan, the West Bank and here this week before LZA Branch
Gaza would be confederated with 960.
Jordan.
The meeting was orchestrated by
"We shouldn't - diminish the im- Stan Anderson, Sweden's foreign
portance of the Jordanian option," minister to Israel. During a visit last
Bailey said. "Within the decade, we spring to Israel, Anderson decided
will have arrangements with Jordan Sweden should "get the peace process
and Syria. Anyone who signs a plan moving;' Rosensaft said.
without Syrian inclusion will not
Anderson's initiative resulted in
sleep at night. We cannot have peace a November meeting between PLO
without Syria."
representatives and several members

of the American Jewish community,
including New York lawyer Rita
Hauser, who along with Rosensaft
also attended the second meeting.
At the initial meeting, Rosensaft
said, the PLO representatives told
Hauser they were frustrated by the
lack of response to a document issued
by PLO spokesman Bassam Abu-
Sharif at the Arab summit in Algiers.
The declaration indicated that the

PLO was ready to negotiate with
Israel. While not condemned by the
PLO leadership, the declaration was
presented as a statement issued by
Abu-Sharif alone.
Hauser, Rosensaft said, told the
Palestinians that the Algiers state-
ment was "totally ambiguous" and
"impossible to use as a clear docu-
ment." She urged the PLO to re-
nounce terrorism and accept United
Nations Resolutions 242 and 338.
The result of that meeting was the
"Stockholm declaration," which
Rosensaft characterized as "an ex-
planation of the Algiers document."
It was praised by former Secretary of
State George Shultz, who said he was
"very pleasantly surprised" by its
contents, Rosensaft said.
In early December, Hauser receiv-
ed a call from Anderson, who said the
PLO was "in principle prepared to ap-
prove the Stockholm draft." The
Swedish diplomat also said Arafat
wanted to meet about the matter with
representatives of the U.S. Jewish
community. Rosensaft, as a member
of the board of the International
Center for Peace in the Middle East,
an Israel-based group that advocates
Palestinian-Israeli dialogue, was one
of those invited.
Some of those critical of Rosen-

Continued on Page 20

ROUND UP

Keiss-Kunas
Leave Russia

The Keiss-Kuna family of
Leningrad, refuseniks for 14
years, have been allowed to
emigrate to Israel. Esther
Adler, Soviet Jewry chairman
for the Greater Detroit
Chapter of Hadassah, said
the family arrived in Israel
Jan. 29.
Elana Keiss-Kuna's sister,
Anna Rosnovsky, is solo
violinist with the Israel
Philharmonic. The orchestra
dedicated its Jan. 31 concert
to the new immigrants.
The Keiss-Kuna family was
adopted by several Detroit
area synagogues, day schools

and Hadassah during their ef-
fort to immigrate from
Russia.

Parent Trip
Precedes Kids'

Mary Rockman of Portage
and Joseph Silverstein of
Southfield are participants in
a one-week trip to
demonstrate the safety of
travel to Israel.
The trip, co-sponsored by
the American Zionist Youth
Foundation and El Al Israel
Airlines, is designed to show
parents a shortened version of
Israel trips for youths age
14-26.
Rockman and Silverstein

are among 30 parents from
around the U.S. who have
never been to Israel before
and whose children are sign-
ed up for Israel trips this
summer.

ADL Leaders
To Hear Quayle

PALM BEACH — Vice
President Dan Quayle was
scheduled to address the na-
tional executive committee
meeting today of the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith.
The 500-member policy-
making body of ADL is
meeting in Palm Beach
through Sunday.

But Are
They Single?

Tel AViv (JTA) — Israel had
two new millionaires this
week.
A 20-year-old man from
Kiryat Chaim, near Haifa,
and a Tel Aviv-area resident
will split the $4 million foot-
ball pool jackpot, known as
Toto.
Both correctly picked the
winners of 14 national soccer
contests played over the past
week. There had been no win-
ner for a month, which allow-
ed the first prize to build up
to what is a record amount for
Israel.
Another 41 people who

picked 13 of the 14 winners
will collect $5,800 each.

1st Arab. Export
Is Disastrous

Amsterdam (JTA) — The
first direct shipment of Arab-
grown citrus fruit from Gaza
has turned out to be a finan-
cial disaster for the growers,
as a large quantity of the
transport remains unsold
nearly two months after
delivery.
The Gaza citrus growers ac-
cuse the Dutch importer, Max
Overk Leeft, of embezzlement
and neglect.
They say they have received
no payment from him to date
and are saddled with debts.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS 5

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