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October 09, 1992 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-10-09

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Peace Talk Protest
By Golan Settlers

Moshav Yonatan, Israel
(JTA) — It is grape-
harvesting in the Golan
Heights and the members of
Moshav Yonatan, located
just 2 1/2 miles from the
Syrian border, barely have
time for a moment's rest.
Yet when they do finally
step down from their giant
grapepickers, their minds
turn to the peace talks in
Washington, where teams of
negotiators are discussing
their future.
"Sure I'm concerned," said
moshav member Benny
Lieberman. "I've made my
home here. I earn my living
by harvesting these grapes,
which are turned into the
best wine in the whole coun-
try. What will happen if the
government decides to give
up this land?"
Mr. Lieberman is not alone
in his fears. Since August,
when Prime Minister Yit-
zhak Rabin agreed to discuss
territorial compromise with

A protest rally,
which took place
in the rose-filled
park opposite the
Knesset, was the
culmination of a
three-day march.

Syria, many of the area's
12,000 Jewish residents
have been dreading the out-
While the "Golan Ques-
tion" may take years to
resolve, those who live here
are not taking any chances.
Concerned that the govern-
ment will return part or all
of the Golan to Syria within
the foreseeable future, the
settlers have turned their
concern into political action.
Following a series of local
demonstrations during the
past month, they took their
cause to the government.
A protest rally, which took
place in the rose-filled park
opposite the Knesset, was
the culmination of a three-
day march by dozens of
residents. Hundreds of other
protesters hired buses for
the 2 1/2 hour trip to
Carrying placards that
read "Today the Golan,
tomorrow the Galil," and
"Israel must retain
sovereignty over the
Heights," the protesters ex-

pressed the hope that they
could influence their elected
"We decided to come today
because the Knesset is in-
side debating the Golan,"
said Udi Margalit, head of
the Golan Settlement Com-
mittee. "We are confident
that the Knesset members
will realize that the Golan is
not an obstacle to peace, but
an obstacle to war."
He expressed bitterness
over Mr. Rabin's decision to
include the area in peace
discussions. "Before the
elections, Rabin came to the
Golan and told us that the
territory is needed for
security reasons. More than
50 percent of us voted for
him, and some are starting
to regret it."
The demonstrations, Mr.
Margalit said, "were just the
beginning. We intend to
take every means that this
democracy allows to fight for
our struggle. We must in-
fluence our (Knesset mem-
bers), talk to the media, con-
tact people in the U.S. It
isn't going to be easy, but
we're prepared for a fight."
"The government can't
just sign away our future,"
said Nachum Seltzer, a
farmer from Moshav Avnei
Eitan. At the rally with his
wife and three children, who
were skipping school for the
day, Seltzer also expressed
dismay over what he terms
the prime minister's
"turnaround" on the Golan
"In June, just a few days
before the elections, we were
celebrating the 25th an-
niversary of Israeli
sovereignty over the Golan.
Rabin came up and promised
that he would help us to im-
prove housing, industry,
jobs. Now he's talking about
giving the Golan back.
"I don't think Rabin is a
traitor," he added, "but I
still don't understand what
he's trying to accomplish.
The Golan was annexed way
back in 1980, so this is a 180-
degree turnaround. You
have to remember that the
government sent us here to
begin with."
While he is concerned
about the future, Mr. Seltzer
is also hopeful. "I'm con-
vinced that most Israelis feel
that the area is vital to the
country's security interests.
They will support us. I think
we have a good chance to
keep the Golan. If I didn't
believe that, I wouldn't be

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