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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-08-14

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be attached."
Oakland County Repub-
lican Chairman Jim Alex-
ander, who is Jewish, has
been a consistent support-
er of Mr. Bush, saying the
president always has been
driven by his vision of what
is best for peace and for
America.
"I think the decision is
wonderful," Mr. Alexander
said. "It shows Mr. Bush
has always had a commit-
ment to Israel.
"His commitment to
peace and security of Israel
is a keystone to our foreign
policy," Mr. Alexander said.
"This is not political. I don't
think passing through loan
guarantees will push him
up in the polls. This follows
the new Israeli government
and the new strength of the
U.S.-Israel relationship."
Jewish Democrats were
not surprised by this week's
announcement, and sever-
al who were interviewed
said they did not believe
Mr. Bush strategically
planned the meeting with
Mr. Rabin on the eve of the
Republican National
Convention in Houston.
"This will do practically
nothing to help the presi-
dent get Jewish communi-
ty support," said Leon
Cohan, Democratic party
fund-raiser. "While he may
try to capitalize on this, the
Jewish community is smart
enough to know what the
facts are. Mr. Bush cer-
tainly has not been a friend
to Israel in the sense of the
word."
Mr. Cohan added that the
Jewish vote — though im-
portant — is marginal.
Some might be swayed.
Others will look at other is-
sues like honesty, the econ-
omy, health, protection of
civil liberties, abortion
rights, civil rights and the
future of children.
"I would flatly predict the
overwhelming majority of
Jews will vote for Bill
Clinton this year," Mr.
Cohan said. "This time they
will vote more than 70 per-
cent because of the expec-
tation of how little he (Mr.
Bush) is really going to
change."
Historically, Jewish vot-
ers have been liberal. Past
election exit polls have
shown that 60 to 70 percent
have backed the Democratic
Party.

"I would say the Jewish
community is still mad,"
said Faylene Owen, co-chair
for Mr. Clinton's Michigan
fund-raising campaign. "I E,
don't think the Jewish com-
munity is going to forget 12
years of anti-Israel policies."
The issue of loan guaran-
tees appeared critical to 400
members of the Jewish
community at a July polit-
ical forum featuring candi-
dates from the 11th
Congressional Republican
primary.
The primary winner,
Joseph Knollenberg, says
he agrees with the presi-
dent's position linking the
settlements with loan guar-
antees.
The other candidates,
state Sen. David Honigman
and former judge Alice '-
Gilbert, had expressed their
mutual distaste for the
president's position.
"It is evident George
Bush wants it his way," Ms.
Gilbert said this week. "It
still remains unfair of the
president to attach condi-
tions to the loan guarantees
and that unreasonableness
will linger."
It is good, Ms. Gilbert
said, that the Rabin gov-
ernment and the Bush ad-
ministration are moving
forward toward peace in the
Middle East. c,=-1
"This has been an unrea-
sonable leveraging of
America's power," Ms.
Gilbert said. "Jewish people
do not forget things, and I
think this is one thing they
will never forget." CI

Dutch Winners
Were Israelis

Amsterdam (JTA) — Both
the coach and captain of the
Dutch volleyball team that
won a silver medal at the
Olympic games in Barcelona
are Israelis. They are also
father and son.
Arieh Selinger, 55, and
Avital, 33, came together to
help propel Holland's na-
tional team to Olympic
honors.
Born in Poland, the father
survived Bergen-Belsen and
came to Israel as a boy. He
played volleyball for Israel
from 1956 to 1963, later go-
ing to the United States to
become a successful trainer
in women's volleyball.
In 1983, Israeli-born
Avital joined the Martinus
volleyball club in Amstel-
veen, near Amsterdam.

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