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December 09, 1994 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-12-09

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ewish groups are preparing
for the legislative battle of
the decade: The fight over a
constitutional amendment
requiring a balanced budget, a
measure that Jewish activists say
will destroy government social
service programs and cripple U.S.
leadership in the world.
But the American Israel Pub-
lic Affairs Committee, the pro-
Israel lobbying powerhouse,
apparently is taking a bye in the
impending debate. The organi-
zation, say Washington sources,
does not want to alienate pro-
Israel Republicans by joining the
fight against an amendment that
has become a top priority for the
GOP on Capitol Hill. And
AIPAC's leaders are split on the
question of such an amendment.
"There's been no discussion
within the organization about
taking a stand," said an AIPAC
source. "It's unlikely we would
take a position on an issue on
which there is no consensus
within the organization, espe-
cially on something that does not
directly affect U.S.-Israeli rela-
tions."
But in the long term, a bal-
anced budget amendment would
make it almost impossible to
sustain aid to Israel, say other
Jewish activists.
"Since we look to AIPAC for
leadership on issues affecting
American-Israeli relations, it
would be a major disappointment
and setback if it does not play a
role in this fight," said Rabbi
David Saperstein, director of the
Religious Action Center of Re-
form Judaism. "The foreign aid
budget has been under enormous

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David Saperstein:
"A major setback."

pressure for the past eight years.
Structural changes like a bal-
anced budget amendment that
would require an additional $200
billion in cuts would increase that
pressure, and pressure on aid to
the single biggest aid recipient—
Israel."
Rabbi Saperstein argued that
changing the Constitution to
eliminate deficits — in addition
to its devastating impact on
many social programs also
would limit this country's ability
to be a leader in such areas as the
Mideast.
Other leading Jewish activists
are concerned that without
AIPAC's lobbying prowess, the
balanced budget fight would be
measurably harder.

Rabin Scores
On Peacekeepers

The GOP avalanche on Nov. 8
gave a big boost to opponents of
any deployment of U.S. troops on
the Golan Heights as part of a
Syria-Israel treaty. But Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin struck
back in a series of meetings with
House and Senate leaders that
may have neutralized much of
the anti-peacekeeping effort.
In the meetings, Mr. Rabin
disputed claims that he would
seek heavily armed U.S. troops
to act as physical buffers between
the two countries. Instead, he as-
sured lawmakers, Israel is only
interested in an international
force of lightly armed peace mon-
itors who would help ensure that

the security "annexes" to an
agreement are fully imple-
mented.
That argument won a positive
response from incoming Senate
Majority Leader Robert Dole, R-
ican, who indicated he would ap-
proach the question of an
international monitoring force
with an open mind.
'When everything is resolved
... you'll get a very sympathetic
hearing from this office," Mr.
Dole told Mr. Rabin.
And Sen. Daniel Patrick
Moynihan, D-N.Y., who had sug-
gested previously that he would
oppose sending U.S. troops to the
Golan, said he would evaluate

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