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April 26, 1996 - Image 72

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-04-26

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ast week's Israeli actions
in Southern Lebanon,
which resulted in the ac-
cidental deaths of more
than 100 civilians huddled in a
United Nations compound,
forced Jewish leaders in this
country to do what some had
hoped they'd never have to do
again: Justify controversial Is-
raeli actions that they didn't ful-
ly understand.
More than anything else, the
sudden breakdown of Operation
Grapes of Wrath represented- a
punch in the solar plexus to an
American Jewish community
that had longed for a new reali-
ty in the Middle East — but
which realized with dismay that
older, harsher truths still pre-
vailed in that most dangerous of
neighborhoods.
Strangely, actions that have
enhanced the feeling of security
for many Israelis, at least in the
short term, produced grave dis-
comfort for American Jewish of-
ficials.
From the beginning, Jewish
leaders here understood the ne-
cessity of mounting some kind
of action against Hezbollah.
"It was imperative that Israel
do something," said the leader
of a major Jewish group late last
week. "Not the least considera-
tion was the need to show [Syr-
ian President Hafez al- Assad
that Israel is not going to sit idly
by while he undermines the
peace process by letting Hezbol-
lah operate with impunity."
Although it was not the de-
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the impending Israeli elections
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in the face of continuing Hezbol-
lah attacks could be political sui-
cide for Mr. Peres, and therefore
a death blow to the peace
process.
Initially, Operation Grapes of
Wrath won widespread praise
in the American Jewish com-
munity because of the precision
of the attacks. Even the Israeli
strategy of creating a mass of
refugees to mount pressure on
the Syrian government and its
puppets in Beirut made sense to
many Jewish leaders.
There was also a genuine
sympathy for the Israelis forced
into bomb shelters or out of their
communities by terrorist rock-
ets. But the support quickly
gave way to a queasy ambiva-
lence after the shelling at Kafr
Kana, the kind of mistake that
is likely in any military action,
almost inevitable when fighting
against a guerrilla army.
Most early statements from
Jewish groups echoed the offi-
cial Israeli line that while the
loss of life was regrettable, the
disaster at Kafr Kana was en-
tirely the fault of Hezbollah ter-
rorists and their Syrian and
Iranian patrons.
But privately, Jewish leaders
expressed confusion and distress
over the soured operation, feel-
ings that only increased as
American officials worked fever-
ishly to craft a cease-fire agree-
ment.
Some wondered just what Is-
rael had gained by seeking such
an aggressive military solution
to the vexing problem of Hezbol-
lah attacks. Many privately
speculated that the only real

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