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June 28, 1991 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-06-28

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They have been discriminated against
in the General Assembly (of the U.N.),
but I don't think they have been discrim-
inated against in the Security Council (of
the U.N.).
I can understand Israeli apprehensions.
But I also think the Israelis watched and
wondered as the U.N. did something un-
der its peacekeeping function — which
they failed to do in past conflicts — that
is come together against a common ag-
gressor, who happens to be a major ene-
my of Israel.
So, let's hope there are some new
lessons for every country involved in this
newly-revitalized U.N.
But I can understand, yes, the reluc-
tance — given these statements, often
prejudicial statements — by the U.N.
General Assembly.
Again, I differentiate between Security
Council action and General Assembly ac-
tion because nothing would happen in the
U.N. Security Council that we didn't feel
was equitable, or we'd veto it.
FELDMAN: What will your arms con-
trol proposal mean in detail for the Israelis,
and for the supply of U.S. arms for them?
BUSH: We have to wait and see how
that develops, but every country has to
be involved if we're talking about non-
proliferation of arms in the Mideast.
It can't be just one country or a hand-
ful of countries.
It has to be all of them. We have a long
way to go, but we're going to try.
I don't think the answer to peace in the
Mideast is more arms on any side. We'll
keep our commitments to Israel. That
has never been in doubt.
But the arms policies are well estab-
lished, and now we're going to try to cut
down on the flow of arms, particularly
these deadly missiles.
FELDMAN: How would you sum up the
current situation?
BUSH: I hope all the Mideast countries
would recognize that we have an historic
occasion for peace, and that they would
reach out in a new spirit of this new world
order and recognize that the world — not
just the United States — wants to see
peace, and to recognize that trade and
commerce are far better than arms and
hostile rhetoric.
Let's see if we can't take this historic
opportunity to bring peace to the
FELDMAN: What do you mean by this
historic moment?
BUSH: Time. The fact that U.S. credi-
bility is better than it ever has been in ev-

President Bush
meeting with
Jordan's King
Hussein. The
president views
Jordan as a key
player in the
Mideast peace



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