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July 15, 1994 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-07-15

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Fall 1994

Calvin Klein


Inside Washington

What's Christopher
Up To?


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ne of the best-kept secrets
in Washington involves
what — if anything— Sec-
retary of State Warren
Christopher has up his sleeve for
next week's scheduled Mideast
trip. But on one point, there's no
mystery: Israeli officials regard
Mr. Christopher's mediation in
the stalled Syrian-Israeli talks as
increasingly vital as the window
of opportunity for progress in the
negotiations narrows.
Israeli officials have conveyed
this message to the Clinton ad-
ministration with growing ur-
`They're making the case that
now is the moment to move, and
that it's going to take some new
American initiatives to make this
happen," said William Quandt, a
Mideast expert with the Brook-
ings Institution.
The secretary's top priority,
said Mr. Quandt, will be to make
it clear to Syria's president, Hafez
Assad, that Israel is ready to talk
about "full withdrawal in return

for full peace" — but only if the
Syrian leader is ready to begin
serious, substantive negotiations,
without preconditions.
Israeli officials hope Mr.
Christopher, who will participate
in talks between Israel and Jor-
dan, will start fleshing out details
about how Washington can con-
tribute to Israel's security
arrangements if the Golan
Heights are returned to Syria.
The stakes for the trip also are
high because Israeli leaders feel
the Clinton administration is "ex-
hausted" regarding the Mideast
peace process.
"If Christopher wants to turn
around that perception, he has to
score on this trip," Mr. Quandt
said. "Or, at least, he has to come
back with the impression that
he's moving in the right direction.
An endless series of trips without
much to show will just reinforce
the impression that nothing
much happens when this ad-
ministration is engaged."

Bill Kristol's Star
Is On The Rise

Politics, according to the popular
view, is more visceral than in-
tellectual: A crude manipulation
of emotions, not an appeal to rea-
So what's Bill Kristol doing as
chairman of the Project for the
Republican Future, knew Wash-
ington-based think-tank de-
signed to_ co. help' forge a
"conservative reform agenda" for
the Republican Party? Mr. Kris-
tol, son of Jewish neoconserva-
tive guru Irving Kristol, and chief
of staff to former Vice President
Dan Quayle, relishes the ideas
behind political clamor.
The Project, the Republican
counterpart to the Democratic
Leadership Conference, was cre-
ated to "help avert the disaster
of '92, when the Bush adminis-
tration was intellectually ex-
hausted," Mr. Kristol said
He has urged Republicans to
focus on substantive issues, not
scandals and emotional issues.
In a recent memo to GOP lead-
ers, he counseled caution in re-
sponding to sensational
accusations about President Clin-
ton's personal life. He also has
called for a thorough debate with-
in the party on bedrock Republi-

can issues, such as abortion.
"Clinton's doing a lot of our
work for us," he said. "One prob-
lem may be an excessive com-
placency because of Clinton's
failures. We need a credible con-
servative reform agenda that lays
out ways to cut government and
strengthen private institutions
— not just a knee-jerk anti-gov-
ernment reflex or anti-Washing-
ton rhetoric."
Such ideas, he said, can get
lost in the frenzy of day-to-day
politics. "That's why we want to
deepen the debate, rather than
having a clash of sound bites,"
said Mr. Kristol. "We might win
short-term with that, but it's bad
in so far as we want to have a
governing Republican agenda
that really changes the politics
of the country."
He rejected the popular per-
ception that GOP efforts to win
Jewish support have been torpe-
doed by the rise of the Christian
right. And he claimed that
younger Jewish voters are grad-
ually shifting in the direction of
the GOP.
Recent attacks against the Re-
publican-Christian right con-
nection by such groups as the
Anti-Defamation League, he


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