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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1989

Continuing Support Of Israel
Belies Criticism Voiced In U.S.

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ince the outbreak of
the intifada two years
ago, Israel's image has
been badly tarnished in the
United States, even among
Israel's best friends in Con-
gress and the American
Jewish community.
Even very well-known and
highly-respected
mainstream Jewish leaders
have publicly distanced
themselves from policies ad-
vanced by Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir and other
Israeli ministers. During
Shamir's recent visit to the
United States, 41 of them
signed a letter stating that
most American Jews do not
reject the notion of exchang-
ing land for peace.
At the same time, four in-
fluential Jewish con-
gressmen — Steven Solarz,
D-N.Y., Mel Levine, D-
Calif., Larry Smith, D-Fla.,
and Howard Wolpe, D-Mich.
— joined other members of
the House Foreign Affairs
Committe in urging Shamir
to completely suspend
Israel's arms relationship
with South Africa.
This increasing tendency
to dissent publicly from the
Israel government line has
intensified in recent years as
a result of many other con-
troversial Israeli decisions,
including the 1982 invasion
of Lebanon, the promotion of
West Bank settlement ac-
tivity, the Jonathan Jay
Pollard spy scandal, the
Iran-contra affair, and the
Who is a Jew debate.
What was clearly unaccep-
table behavior for Israel
supporters a decade ago is
today almost commonplace.
But remarkably, this will-
ingness to criticize Israel has
not been translated into any
serious weakening of sup-
port where it counts the
most —in U.S. economic and
military assistance as well
as private charitable con-
tributions to the United
Jewish Appeal and other
organizations supporting
educational institutions,
hospitals and social services
in Israel.
Indeed, in the 1980s, the
margin of support in the
House of Representatives for
the worldwide foreign aid
appropriations bill — of
which Israel is the largest
recipient — has actually
widened despite the historic
unpopularity of foreign aid.

Public opinion polls show a
similarly impressive pro-
Israeli resilience. When the
American public is asked a
very general question —
"Are your sympathies with
Israel or the Arab nations?"
— Israel continues to win by
wide margins.
A 10-year analysis of the
Washington Post poll shows

Rep. Wolpe:
Urges suspension.

the only serious erosion of
Israel's position occurred
during the invasion of
Lebanon.
At the start of the intifada,
Israel's standing in this poll
was at about 50 percent and
it quickly dropped to around
40 percent. Support for the
Arabs increased from about
12 percent to 18 percent.
But that slippage did not
last for very long. Since
then, support for Israel has
jumped to some 60 percent
while the Arab standing has
remained consistent at
around 15 percent.
Still, these results can be
misleading, and Israeli offi-
cials appreciate this. While
this general support for
Israel is manifested in the
polls, Americans are also in-
clined to differ with Israel
when more specific ques-
tions are asked.
Significant majorities in
the Jewish and non-Jewish
community favor the • U.S.
dialogue with the PLO as
well as Israel's exchanging
land for peace. In addition,
majorities would favor the
creation of some sort of
Palestinian homeland or en-
tity on the West Bank and
Gaza if Israel's security
could be guaranteed in the
process.
Americans, by and large,
believe in talking and
negotiating, even with the
PLO.

Perhaps, the most dra-
matic example of sustained
pro-Israel activity in the
Jewish community — despite
the criticisms and concerns
— has been in the very sen-
sitive and critical area of po-
litical fund raising for pro-
Israel candidates in the
Senate and House.
American Jews may be
quietly frustrated about
many Israeli policies, but
this has not stopped them
from getting involved in the
U.S. political system to win
friends for Israel.
Six years ago, the Jewish
community raised about
$3.3 million for pro-Israel
candidates. In the most re-
cent 1988 election cycle —
despite the intifada and
everything else — that sum
had increased to over $4.6
million. The upward trend
was steady during these
years.
The bottom line is this:
Israel is still very much sup-
ported by Congress and the
American Jewish communi-
ty even if serious differences
surface from time to time.
Yes, Israel's supporters
are routinely frustrated by
Shamir and other Israeli
leaders. Yes, they are em-
barrassed by many of the
images they see on televi-
sion and read about in their

Rep. Solarz:
One of four.

newspapers and magazines.
Yes, they would like the
Israel government to dem-
onstrate more flexibility.
All of these concerns were
very much evident during
Shamir's recent visit to
America.
But no one should misread
what is actually taking place
inside the pro- Israeli com-
munity. Israel is still blessed
in this country with an im-
pressive reservoir of political
support that can be expected
to galvanize in the face of
any serious threat to Israel's
security and well-being.



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