The Palestinian-Israel nego-
tiations remain beset by PLO
leader Yassir Arafat's ineffective
response to Islamic terrorism.
But even there, the ongoing ne-
gotiations have opened direct
channels of communication, a
step up from the rocks of Arab
rioters and the rubber bullets of
Israeli troops, the primary forms
of communication in the old
But American Jewish groups
have their own problems. Lead-
ers of those who support the
peace process are beginning to
ask a wrenching question: When
should they begin planning for
the possibility that the talks will
fail, or that a new Israeli gov-
ernment might reverse course en-
The inquiry is important. If the
worst does happen, American
Jews will be called on to help pre-
serve the gains of the peace
process and to maintain Israel's
favored place in American policy
— despite a radically changed
Keeping the Clinton adminis-
tration involved in the peace
quest despite such setbacks will
require an active, focused effort
by American Jewish leaders. So
will maintaining high levels of
public support for Israel in a dif-
ficult, volatile period, which have
been high since the Madrid con-
ference opened the peace talks in
1992. That's a results of the wide-
spread perception that the Rabin
government is willing to take se-
rious chances for peace.
But if the talks sputter to an
inconclusive end, or if a hardline
Likud government backs out of
athem — a public relations night-
mare for pro-Israel groups —
American Jewish groups must re-
turn to the defensive mode that
dominated pro-Israel activism for
so many years.
However, if the Palestinian
self-rule experiment collapses,
Jordan's King Hussein will be un-
der enormous pressure to back
out of his agreement with Israel.
American Jewish groups, which
have focused heavily on the de-
velopment of a web of economic
relations between Jordan and Is-
rael, could help provide a coun-
terweight to that pressure.
But among groups that sup-
port the peace process, there is
an informal taboo against.even
mentioning the possibility that
the talks will fail. There is a wide-
spread fear that discussion of con-
tingency plans will provide a
boost for vocal right-wing groups.
They have argued all along that
the talks were doomed.
The result is an excruciating
dilemma for Jewish leaders who
hope and pray that the miracle
of the peace process will contin-
ue — but who also will have to
make some hardheaded, difficult
decisions in the days to come
about a more immediate kind of
The Reform and Conservative Congregations of the Metropoli-
tan Detroit area are proud to announce the 1994-95 series of
monthly Shabbat Services for Jewish Singles. if you are a single
Jew in the Detroit community, please join us for Shabbat Ser-
vices. Services begin on Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m. and are
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5725 Walnut Lake Road
Friday, April 24, 1995 8:30 p.m.
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business and economics three times weekly for the
Detroit Free Press. Previously, he was Detroit Bureau Chief of The
New York Times from 1988-1993; and a correspondentfor the
Wall Street Journal and St. Petersburg Times. Mr. Levin was
graduated from Columbia University's graduate program in journal-
ism in 1977 and from Cornell University in 1972. A sabra, he
served in the Israel Defense Forces from 1973-1976. Mr. Levin is
married to Adina Levin, a teacher at Hillel Day School. They have
three children, including a son currently serving in the U.S. Army.
This program is sponsored by the Michigan Board of Rabbis, in cooperation
with The Jewish News and the Jewish Community Center. These Shabbat
Services have been made possible by a grant from the Max M. Fisher
Foundation of the Detroit Jewish Federation.
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