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October 05, 1990 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-10-05

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'~ OPINION

CONTENTS

The Doves In Israel
Feel Betrayed By PLO

NECHEMIA MEYERS

Special to The Jewish News

I

sraeli doves feel that they
have been betrayed by
their Palestinian friends.
The fact that the latter are
enthusiastically supporting
Saddam Hussein — whom
all Jews in Israel, doves and
hawks alike, regard as an
Iraqi version of Adolf Hitler
—makes it extremely
difficult to visualize how the
ongoing dialogue between
the PLO and Peace Now is to
continue.
Reaction from Israeli
doves has been highly emo-
tional, as is evident from an
article just published by
Knesset Member Yossie
Sarid, perhaps their most ar-
ticulate spokesman. "You
have to equip yourself with a
gas mask," Mr. Sarid wrote,
"in order to try and withs-
tand the poisonous stench
that emanates from the
PLO's stand on Saddam
Hussein. The way that
Yassir and Saddam have
embraced one another fills
one with both disgust and
fear."
Mr. Sarid argues that the
Palestinians should realize
that Saddam doesn't really
care about them and that
once they are no longer
useful to him "he will throw
them out of his bed."
What bothers Knesset
Member Sarid above all else
is the effect that PLO poli-
cies have had on Israeli
public opinion. "For the last
two years," he writes, "the

Nechemia Meyers is
associated with the Weizmann
Institute in Israel.

PLO Rejects
State In Kuwait

Brussels(JTA) — The
Palestine Liberation Organ-
ization has expressed
"astonishment" and
"indignation" over a state-
ment by Belgian Foreign
Minister Mark Eyskens that
implied Iraq may be trying
to set up a Palestinian state
in Kuwait.
The PLO, headquartered
in Tunisia, sent a formal
protest to the Belgian am-
bassador there through its
representative, Hakam
Balaoui, the Palestinian
news agency WAFA re-
ported from Tunis.

PLO has been trying to con-
vince everyone that it has
comes to terms with Israel's
existence and has given up
terrorism. Now the PLO has
kicked over the bucket and
all its moderation has spilled
out."
Mr. Sarid characterizes
Saddam Hussein as "a wild
bull who has already attack-
ed two of his neighbors, one
a Moslem state and the other
an Arab state. Therefore, he
would undoubtedly be will-
ing to attack a Jewish
state."
Despite the profound dis-
appointment felt by Mr.
Sarid and other doves, they
— in sharp contrast to most
other Israelis at this point —
argue that attempts must
continue to seek an accom-
modation with the PLO.
Labor Party leader Haim
Ramon, for example, takes it
for granted that "Arafat is a
cruel, disgusting enemy in
the same way that Sadat
once was, or as Hafez Asad
and Saddam Hussein are to-
day. But," Mr. Ramon adds,
"if we want peace in this re-
gion, we must deal with
Arafat."
Another dove, Shinui head
Amnon Rubinstein, charges
that the PLO has "severely
damaged the peace process,"
but he still favors peace
talks that would lead to the
establishment of a Palestin-
ian state alongside Israel.
There must be a two-state
solution, Mr. Rubinstein
declares, "because we can't
swallow the Palestinians, we
can't integrate them and we
can't expel them."
Knesset Member Dedi
Zucker, a Peace Now ac-
tivist, accuses the PLO of
hypocrisy "for supporting
conquest in one place and
opposing it in another." Yet
he believes it would be
"childish" if, out of pique,
"Israeli supporters of peace
were to sever their links
with the Palestinians."
Mr. Sarid, as usual, is even
more eloquent than his com-
patriots. "If I had favored
the establishment of a Pales-
tinian state only because I
felt that the Palestinians
had the right to such a state,
then I would now withdraw
my support. But I continue
to support self-
determination for the Pales-
tinians because I have a
right to be rid of all the evils
associated with the occupa-
tion. Perhaps they deserve
the occupation, but we
don't," he declares. 0

28

CLOSEUP

'90s Activism

WENDY ROLLIN
From rights to security,
young Jews are involved.

47

ELECTION '90

Running Hard

PHIL JACOBS
A sure thing and
an underdog keep pushing.

60

SPORTS

Goldie!

66

RICHARD PEARL
A nickname means respect
for a basketball pioneer.

66

BUSINESS

Saucy Story

KIMBERLY LIFTON
A real estate developer
gets in the sauce!

71

ENTERTAINMENT

`Soaping'

STEVE K. WALZ
A rabbi's daughter
looks beyond the 'soaps.'

94

FOCUS

71 Close Range

ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM
Bullets, blood, cocaine
are all in a day's work.

100

EDUCATION

Headmaster

SUSAN GRANT
Mark Smiley would rather
be with his Hillel students.

DEPARTMENTS

15
24
35
53
54
68

Detroit
Notebook
Inside Washington
Community
Synagogues
On Campus

90
98
106
108
112
137

For Women
For Seniors
Engagements
Births
Classified Ads
Obituaries

CANDLELIGHTING

94

Friday, October 5, 1990
6:50 p.m.
Sabbath ends October 6 7:49 p.m.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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