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February 09, 1990 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-02-09

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The current bill would
simplify this process by in-
troducing "motor voter"
registration; voters will be
registered automatically
when they register their
automobiles.
But early hopes that the

John Sununu:
Pushing against bill.

bill would sail through Con-
gress were dashed when
House minority leader Bob
Michel, R-Ill., backed off his
earlier support of the bill,
puncturing a bi-partisan

consensus. Michel was ap-
parently responding to con-
cerns by Republican Party
officials that the new, easier
voter registration pro-
cedures would benefit the
Democrats.
White House chief of staff
John Sununu was also
pushing for the bill's defeat.
A vote was scheduled for the
middle of this week.
A number of Jewish
groups played an active role
in the lobbying. The Nation-
al Council of Jewish Women
led the charge; also on board
were the Union of American
Hebrew Congregations, the
American Jewish Congress,
the American Jewish Com-
mittee, B'nai B'rith Women
and the National Jewish
Community Relations Ad-
visory Council.
"At a time when you have
everyone cheering about the
emergence of democracy in
other countries, it's about
time we paid more attention
to facilitating democratic
processes in our country,"
said Sammie Moshenberg,
NCJW's Washington repre-
sentative. "This is
something virtually all the
Jewish groups have felt
strongly about."

Jewish Peace Lobby
Urges U.S. Policy Shifts



The Jewish Peace Lobby,
the group created by the
University of Maryland
scholar who first proposed
the idea of a Palestinian
"declaration of in-
dependence," is getting its
toes wet in the lobbying
game by pressing for several
changes in U.S. Middle East
policy.
The group is calling for
legislation setting aside one
percent of Israel's foreign
aid allocation for "projects
that bring Israelis and
Palestinians together," said
the group's director and
founder, Jerome Segal. "The
United States has a very
fine-grained approach to
how we give foreign aid to
every other country; what is
unusual is the way we give
money to Israel, without
thinking through the uses of
this money."
Finally, the group is trying
to interest lawmakers in the
idea of an "American
defense safety net" for
Israel, in which this country
would try to break through
the impasse in the peace
process by providing a
military guarantee of
Israel's security — but only
after territorial concessions.

"Obviously, Israel should
not rely on that as the sole
basis of its defense," Segal
said. "But it would be
helpful in moving the pro-
cess off dead center."
The Peace Lobby is focus-

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Jerome Segal:
A safety net for Israel?

ing most of its attention on
the Jewish members of Con-
gress. "The initiative has to
come from them," Segal
said. "If the Jewish mem-
bers don't provide that . in-
itiative, a lot of people will
find themselves in opposi-
tion to proposals they would
otherwise support." n








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