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August 16, 1991 - Image 40

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PROFILE I

Shoval

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Be sure your

Shamir government's poli-
cies.
In an unusually harsh and
personal outburst, a White
House statement labeled Mr.
Shoval's comments
"outrageous and outside the
bounds of acceptable behav-
ior."
In fact, most observers
agreed that Mr. Shoval's
comments were on target.
But by speaking publicly, he
gave administration officials
an opportunity to ventilate
long-simmering frustrations
over a variety of issues.
Mr. Shoval declined to
discuss the incident, but he
agreed that sometimes am-
bassadors become easy
targets for frustrations real-
ly directed against their
governments.

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"Look, this is not a new
thing for ambassadors from
any country," he said. "The
Israeli ambassador — or any
ambassador, for that matter
— is really the advanced
outpost of his government
and not just somebody who
happens to be in Washington
by happenstance. So he quite
naturally becomes a kind of
lightning rod."
The ambassador copes
with this occupational
hazard in his usual
pragmatic style.
"I don't take it personal-
ly," he said. "Nor do I take
personally all the nice
things that people say, be-
cause I know they're aimed
at my country, not at my
person. I take everything in
proportion." El

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Rome (JTA) — Yassir
Arafat has sent a letter to
Pope John Paul II, asking
the pope to intercede with
the United States to prevent
the "Judaization" and
Israeli annexation of
Jerusalem in any Middle
East peace settlement.
In the letter, sent last
week, the leader of the
Palestine Liberation Organ-
ization impugned the Jewish
religion as a usurper of
Jerusalem, playing up to
issues that have impeded the
Vatican from establishing
ties with the Jewish state.
He accused the Jews of try-
ing to remove all but Jews
from Jerusalem.
Mr. Arafat also asked the
pontiff's help in overcoming
Israel's refusal, with U.S.
backing, to allow PLO repre-
sentatives to attend the
Middle East peace con-
ference the United States
and Soviet Union hope to
host in October.
"Your Holiness, we find
ourselves facing an attempt
to impose Judaism and the
annexation of Jerusalem
with the exclusion of any
representative of East
Jerusalem in the . negotia-
tions of the peace conference
set for October," he wrote.
Dwelling on inflammatory
concerns between Rome and
Jerusalem, Mr. Arafat wrote
that an imposition of
Judaism "on the holy places
without their community of
faithful would be reduced
merely to the status of mu-
seums and tourist attrac-
tions."
He appealed to the pope's
"high prestige the world

over," to "intercede with the
administration of the United
States so that President
George Bush does not
become responsible in the
eyes of history for the
Judaization of Jerusalem
and for the resulting evacua-
tions of its Christian and
Moslem inhabitants."
He wrote that this "would
be a step toward emptying
out the entire Holy Land."
The pope has met more
than once with Mr. Arafat,
much to the dismay of Jew-
ish groups and Israeli offi-
cials. The Vatican has also
never accorded diplomatic
recognition to the Jewish
state.

Neo-Nazis
Seek Property

Bonn (JTA) — The Nation-
al Democratic Party, a neo-
Nazi group active in West
Germany before reunifica-
tion, has filed a request with
the German government to
take possession of buildings
and other property belong-
ing to a former East German
party with the same name.
But the defunct East Ger-
man party, known as the
NDPD, had very different
politics than the West Ger-
man neo-Nazi party. It was
widely considered a sister
party to the West German
Free Democratic Party,
whose leader is Foreign Min-
ister Hans-Dietrich
Genscher.
Sources here say a legal
battle could ensue if both
groups insist on rights to the
property belonging to the or-
ganization.

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