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February 17, 1995 - Image 148

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-02-17

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ast week's Washington ple- fists. But also that we cannot com-
nary of the National Jewish promise on our basic principles."
Community Relations Ad-
The NJCRAC forum featured
visory Council spotlighted no representatives of the new
the political uncertainties faced conservative Congress, although
by a still-liberal Jewish commu- not for lack of trying: GOP con-
nity in an age of rising conser- gressional leaders, starting with
vatism.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich,
In contrast to
R-Ga., were invit-
recent plenaries,
ed, but declined.
there were no ma-
While lobbying
jor eruptions over
on Capitol Hill, ac-
Middle East poli-
tivists focused
cy or the fate of
mostly on domestic
Jonathan Pollard.
issues, including
Instead, the dom-
opposition to the
inant subtheme
proposed amend-
involved whether
ments for a bal-
the Jewish com-
anced budget and
munity should try
prayer in the
harder to build
schools, and sup-
bridges to the new
port for social wel-
conservative lead-
fare programs
ership in Con- Newt Gingrich:
endangered by the
gress — or Declined the invitation.
Republicans' "Con-
continue promoting a liberalism tract with America."
that may leave the community
"There's a feeling of disloca-
outside the current mainstream. tion," said the director of a large-
"We have not adjusted to the city community relations council
new political realities here in who attended the sessions. "By
Washington and across the na- saying 'no' to everything Repub-
tion," admitted Lynn Lyss, licans want, we risk cutting off
NJCRAC's chair. "We're still access to the new centers of pow-
groping."
er. The fact that no Republican
But the Washington confer- leaders showed up at these meet-
ence, she said, helped NJCRAC ings should alert us to that dan-
leaders start that adjustment ger. On the other hand, people
process.
see a need to be true to our tra-
`There's a growing realization," ditional political values. So there's
she said, "that we need to pick a lot of confusion here, as there
our battles more carefully and is throughout our community.",
find common ground where it ex-

Peace Process
Squeezes AIPAC

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ro-Israel lobbying is get-
ting trickier as the Jewish
community splits on such
key issues as returning the
Golan Heights to Syria.
These growing divisions may
come into sharper focus at next
week's meeting of the executive
committee of the American Is-
rael Public Affairs Committee
if a leading Orthodox activist has
his way.
"I plan to introduce proposals
that will encourage AIPAC to dis-
cuss issues that I think haven't
been discussed," said Dr. Man-
dell Ganchrow, president of the
Union of Orthodox Jewish Con-
gregations ofAmerica and a long-
time AIPAC board member.
Specifically, Dr. Ganchrow
wants AIPAC to take a more

"pro-active" role on such issues
as legislation to force the ad-
ministration to move the Amer-
ican Embassy from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem and possibly using
American peace-monitoring
troops on the Golan Heights.
Last month, AIPAC circulat-
ed a letter in Congress agreeing
with the Israeli government that
a premature debate over Golan
peacekeepers could prove dis-
ruptive to the negotiations. The
move angered some conserva-
tives.
"Before the peace process,"
said Dr. Ganchrow, "certain ba-
sic issues, such as aid to Israel
and arms sales to Arab states,
made it easy to develop consen-
sus."
But the troubled negotiations,

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