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February 17, 1995 - Image 149

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-02-17

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continuing Palestinian terror-
ism.)
Mr. Netanyahu received a
more subdued welcome. In fact,
many delegates left the hall be-
fore he began his speech in which
he offered a strong plea for Jew-
ish continuity and an energetic
attack on the Rabin govern-
ment's approach to the Mideast
peace process. He said that he
supports Palestinian autonomy,
"but only with security controlled
by Israel."
Mr. Netanyahu raced through
a series of high-level congres-
sional meetings, including a ses-
sion with House Speaker
Gingrich. Mr. Netanyahu beat
Mr. Peres to the punch, much to
the distress of some top peace
process supporters in Washing-
ton. The foreign minister was
scheduled to make the Capitol
Hill rounds.

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tanyahu may be a good bet to
take over Israel's government in
1996, but he was not a big win-
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crowd.
Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres won a strong, positive re-
sponse from the more than 500
delegates, even with a long
speech that many considered
lackluster. Dr. Nabil Sha'ath, the
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion's chief negotiator in talks
with Israel, who spoke through
a satellite television hookup, also
was well received. (Although in
a brief question period, he was
the target of some of the anger
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he said, have brought more con-
troversial issues to the fore, and
"in the Orthodox community,
particularly, there's a negative
response to AIPAC because
many feel it hasn't been intel-
lectually honest in discussing is-
sues."
As a result, he said, activists
skeptical of the peace process
have formed their own organi-
zations. This, he said, dilutes the
pro-Israel message in Congress.
"By definition," he said,
"AIPAC should be the single
z group that represents the Jew-
ish community in Washington.
But if it's going to retain that
role, it has to be more represen-
tative."
Steven Grossman, AIPAC's
president, welcomed the im-
pending debate: "An organiza-
tion like AIPAC is always at its
best when it gives all points of
\, view a chance to be heard."

But other observers suggest
that Dr. Ganchrow's maneuver
reflects a problem for all pro-Is-
rael groups: The fragmentation
of the pro-Israel agenda, and the
increasingly bitter divisions with-
in the Jewish community over
basic Israeli policy.

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