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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-09-27

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Limited Time

Israel Insight

said Mark Regev, spokesman for the
Israeli Embassy in Washington.
At the same time, Israeli officials
note that the country is not on auto-
matic pilot, and that decisions about
retaliation will be made case-by-case.
The calculation also would depend
on the provocation: A different
response would be considered if an
Iraqi missile landed harmlessly in the
Negev Desert than if chemical war-
heads hit Tel Aviv.
Some analysts are concerned that
Bush's comments will lead to percep-
tions that Israel is weak. "It sends the
wrong signal to Baghdad," said David
Makovsky, senior fellow at the
Washington Institute for Near East
Policy. "It's perhaps implying that the
U.S. could seek to restrain Israel if it
is attacked by Iraq," making Israel
seem like a U.S. pawn.
More likely, some analysts note, is
that U.S. planners realize Israeli retali-
ation would be largely symbolic —
there is little Israel could add if the
United States already were leading a
massive war effort — and therefore
not worth the diplomatic risk.
"To speculate right now about
whether or not Israel will retaliate to
an Iraqi attack is not constructive,"
said Rebecca Needler, spokeswoman
for the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee. "It is our hope that Israel
will not be attacked, that Israel will
not be put in that situation." ❑

sit-in at the Atlanta cable station
CNN, which some have accused of a
pro-Palestinian bias. Impact Israel
members also write letters and knock
on politicians' doors as they advocate
for Israel.
Rachel Lutz, 22, of Detroit was
among the young Detroiters who
worked two weeks on an army base in
May as part of the Jewish Federation
of Metropolitan Detroit Hillel
Volunteers for Israel trip. "It re-ener-
gized me to work for Israel," she said.
Now Lutz is the AIPAC (American
Israel Public Affairs Committee) cam-
pus liaison to Wayne State University
in Detroit.
"It's very important that [Israel-sup-
porting] students not feel alone," she
said. "At Wayne State, students are
intimidated by the large Arab popula-
tion, and don't know how to respond.
It's important for them to understand
that propaganda is put out.
. "We need to keep educating young
people, and help them understand
Israel's existence and heritage."
Hillel of Metro Detroit's Israel advo-

THE ISSUE
- eipt of intelligence
Following theTE
information, Israeli troops entered
Gaza last week to find and destroy
nine foundries said to be producing
mortars. These airborne explosive
charges have been fired on Jewish
towns and settlements both in Gaza
and within Israel's pre-1967 borders
in recent months.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon cited flaws in the imple-
mentation of the Oslo peace
process as justification for Israel's
action.

BEHIND THE ISSUE
Sharon publicly listed. Palestinian
violations of the 1993 Oslo Accords
that have been committed in recent
years, including ongoing weapons-
smuggling efforts.
The mortar factories are clearly in
violation of the arms restrictions
placed on the Palestinians when the
Palestinian Authority police force
was created in the mid-1990s, and
would not have existed if proper
monitoring had taken place earlier,
Sharon inferred.
Any renewed peace process pre-
sumably would contain stronger
monitoring mechanisms.

---- Allan Gale, Jewish Community
Council of Metropolitan Detroit

cacy intern, Miriam Gormezano, 23,
of West Bloomfield said, "We have a
lot of exciting events coming -up this
year" to educate - about Israel.
"For example, we're bringing differ-
ent speakers to the Wayne State cam-
pus once a month to speak to stu-
dents." She also said that with the suc-
cess of their previous Volunteers for
Israel trip, another is planned in
December. Students can begin regis-
tering in October.
"I really enjoyed his speech," said
Simon Rozencweig, 74, of West
Bloomfield, following Rabbi Frank's
appearance. "I wish there had been
people in the audience who were
against Israel so he could show them
the truth."



For information about Israel pro-
gramming at Hillel of Metro
Detroit, including the Volunteers
for Israel trip in December, call
Miriam Gormezano, (313) 577-
3459. The Web site is www.hil-

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