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March 10, 1989 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-03-10

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I OPINION

CONTENTS

Israel Should Accept
Arafat's Statement

SETH GRIMES

T

he Palestine Libera-
tion Organization has
declared its will-
ingness to negotiate with
Israel on the basis of United
Nations Security Council
Resolutions 242 and 338,
which affirm Israel's right to
exist. It has condemned ter-
rorism through acceptance of
resolutions 42/159 and 61/40.
While these acceptances fall
short of explicit recognition of
Israel and unconditional
abandonment of terrorism,
the PLO has moderated its
position in a serious effort to
make peace.
Israel's response to the
PLO's acknowledgement of
Jewish national rights is once
again denial that the Palesti-
nians have any similar rights.

Seth Grimes is publications
chairman of the Jewish
Committee for Israeli-
Palestinian Peace in •
Washington, D.C.

In effect, the government has
repudiated the 1947 U.N. par-
tition resolution — the basis
for Israel's statehood — and is
using whatever pretext it can
to, avoid negotiations that
would lead to ceding land to
the Palestinians. This is evi-
dent in Prime Minister Yit-
zhak Shamir's claim that
Israel has satisfied its obliga-
tion under U.N. Resolution
242 — "Withdrawal of Israel
armed forces from territories
occupied in the recent conflict
[the 1967 war]" — by return-
ing the Sinai to Egypt. Israel
returned the Sinai under the
Camp David Accords, but has
repudiated the provisions
that Palestinians in the West
Bank and Gaza be granted
limited autonomy,over a five-
year period, with a perma-
nent settlement guarantee-
ing Palestinian political
rights to follow.
In contrast, Israel is pro-
ceeding down the path of de
facto annexation of the ter-

Arava Oasis

DAVID HOLZEL
Former Detroiters have found
the good life on Israel's frontier.

Hong Kong
Of The Mideast?

KIMBERLY LIFTON
Less government and more business
could make Israel a major player.

TRAVEL

N

orman Podhoretz put
it bluntly: "Yassir
Arafat spoke the
magic words. The. United
States is now setting foot on
the road to a PLO state. What
is there to talk about except
the conditions under which
the United States will even-
tually force Israel into accep-
ting such a state. Anyone who
think_s that this is also the
road to peace deserves to be
called a fool!'
The State Department,
with George Bush's approval,
legitimized the PLO as a
United States negotiating
partner. This was done by
having Yassir Arafat read
aloud an American-prepared
statement that denounced
terrorism and acknowledged
that Israel existed.
The PLO statement is as
phony as a three dollar bill.
The Near East Report notes:
"Arafat never admitted the
PLO had practiced terrorism
in the first place. At the same
time, he insisted the Palesti-
nians had the right to 'resist
foreign occupation, col-

Hymie Cutler is chairman of
the Michigan Committee for a
Safe Israel.

38

Solidarity Mission

52

DAVID HOLZEL
Ex-Detroiters in Israel are given
a taste of their former home.

52

EDUCATION

100 Day. Party

Temple Israel's nursery students
take a rounded look at a number.

FITNESS

Actions Speak Louder
Than PLO's Words

HYMIE CUTLER

36

BUSINESS

Continued on Page 11

onialism
and
racial
discrimination, as well as
their struggle for in-
dependence? Thus the PLO
could continue its violent at-
tacks against Israeli citizens
because their acts would be
forms of resistance, not
terrorism.
On Dec. 12, 1988, Arafat's
deputy Salah Kha'laf was
quoted in the Kuwait
newspaper Al-Soyassi as say-
ing, "The establishment of a
Palestinian state in any part
of Palestine has the goal of
the establishment of a
Palestinian state in all of
Palestine!'
In an interview with Al-
Qabas on Dec. 23, Arafat
denied that he had sur-
rendered to American precon-
ditions and demands. He
stated that he is opposed to
any alternative to Jerusalem
as the capital and to a
demilitarized Palestinian
state unless the Israeli army
were also disarmed.
The Middle East News
Agency reported Dec. 19 that
following his meeting with
Egyptian President
Mubarak, Arafat stated that
the peace approach is only a
strategy and the PLO will
continue to pursue its strug-
Continued on Page 12

24

CLOSE-UP

Pre-Natal Pushups

55

MIKE ROSENBAUM
Soon-to-be moms must look
carefully for organized exercise.

61

ENTERTAINMENT

The Great Dane

61

RITA CHARLESTON
Victor Borge's favorite B's
are Bach, Beethoven and Boats.

80

ON CAMPUS

New Home

A photographic look at U-M
Hillel's new Mandell Berman
Center.

DEPARTMENTS

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46
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Inside Washington
Capitol Report
Background
Community
Synagogue
For Women
Ann Arbor

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122

Cooking
Lifestyles
Engagements
Births
Teens
Single Life
Obituaries

CANDLELIGHTING

March 10, 1989 6:15 p.m.
Sabbath ends March 11 7:20 p.m.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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