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June 25, 1993 - Image 52

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-06-25

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Setback For Jews
In Texas, Va.

The news was depressing for
Jewish Republicans last week-
end as one of their own, former
White House liaison official
Bobbie Kilberg, got whipped
seeking the nomination as Vir-
ginia's lieutenant governor.
In Texas, the news was just
as bad for Jewish Democrats,
who suffered a big setback in
the race to fill the Senate seat
vacated by Treasury Secretary
Lloyd Bentsen.

Delegates to the state GOP
convention in Richmond gave
a resounding victory to Mr.
Farris. The defeat of Ms. Kil-
berg, who is a moderate, was
not a good sign for Republi-
cans hoping to woo Jewish vot-
In Texas, the National Jew-
ish Democratic Council
(NJDC) had invested heavily
in Sen. Bob Krueger's cam-
paign which, by all accounts,
was haphazard and ineffec-
tive. AHis Republican oppo-
nent, Kay Bailey Hutchison,
turned the campaign into a
referendum on the Clinton ad-
NJDC's investment turned
sour when voters gave Ms.
Hutchison 67 percent of the
vote in the special election.
The defeat further cuts the
slim Democratic majority in
the Senate at a time when
President Clinton is desper-
ately trying to pitch his eco-
nomic plan to skeptical

A number of top Jewish
GOP leaders had come to Ms.
Kilberg's aid in what became
an unusually messy nomina-
tion battle against conserva-
tive Michael Farris. Mr. Farris
has been linked with the reli-
gious right.
To Jewish Republicans, the
Virginia race represented a
test of whether the party
would reject the Christian
Right, which has been in-
creasingly active at the state
level since last year's presi-
dential race.

Peace Feeler
Was Ignored!

Several weeks ago, Saudi Ara-
bia's King Fand urged an end
to hostilities between Israel
and its Arab neighbors in a
groundbreaking speech broad-
cast on Saudi TV. The king of-
fered to do whatever he could
to foster a peaceful settlement
between Israel and her neigh-
bors. He also attacked Islam-
ic militants who, he warned,
act as if they want to "destroy
human civilization and take
the world back to the Middle
Oddly, the startling official
proclamation earned only a
three- paragraph filler on the
back page of the New York
Times, and hardly a peep from

the administration.
At least one Jewish group
wants to assure that the Sau-
di leader remembers his ex-
traordinary words: B'nai B'rith
issued a statement commend-
ing King Fand for tacitly rec-
ognizing Israel's right to exist.
"We've always said that
what Arab leaders say for
Western consumption is not
what they're saying at home,"
said Dan Mariaschin, B'nai
B'rith's director of public, in-
ternational and Israel policy.
"The fact that he made this
statement... to his people is
extremely significant. It is
very surprising that it hasn't
received more attention."

Refugee Aid
Is Rescued

With a number of authoriza-
tion and appropriations mea-
sures percolating through
Congress, Israel's friends on
Capitol Hill have to be on their
toes. That was demonstrated
recently when Rep. Howard
Berman D-Ca., and Rep. Nita
Lowey, D-N.Y., teamed up to
restore money to help Israel

resettle refugees, primarily
those from the former USSR.
The issue involves the $80
million annual allotment that
is the only instance of U.S. as-
sistance for a refugee reset-
tlement program on foreign
soil. But for this year, the ad-
ministration recommended
only $55 million, based on the

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