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December 13, 2002 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-12-13

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Make it your Mission to be part of Bar-Ilan University's Solidarity
and Fact-finding Mission to Israel -February 9-16, 2003

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from page 32

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directed the parties to concluding per-
manent peace agreements).
Preparations began immediately for
the next rounds, leading to the 1956,
1967 and 1973 wars. In between the
wars, waves of terrorism were
launched, all also in blatant violation
of the U.N. charter and resolutions.
Eventually, as their power in the
U.N. grew, and others began to tire of
this conflict, the terms of the resolu-
tions improved steadily in favor of the
Arab position. The obvious conclu-
sion is that under the U.N. system,
warfare and violation of resolutions
and agreements carry no stigma or
cost, at least for the Arab bloc.
For Israelis, in contrast, the terror-
ism and wars that began on Nov. 29,
1947, with the rejection of Resolution
181, have exacted a terrible cost. The
thousands of victims cannot be
brought back to life; the shattered
families cannot be compensated.
Before the U.N. and its renewed
efforts to broker Arab-Israeli peace
can be taken seriously, the accounting
for the initial offense, 55 years ago,
must be completed. ❑

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- A campus visit to Israel's largest university, including meetings with students, faculty
members and senior University leadership, as well as Bar-Ila.n's new North Campus.

- Briefings with top political, military and business officials, including an up-to-the-minute
update of Israel's then just completed elections.

- Home hospitality with Bar-Ilan faculty

- A visit to the Golan Heights and meeting with IDF soldiers

- Tours of key strategic and historic sites

- A beautiful Bar-Ilan Shabbat in Jerusalem

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Cost is $1800 per person

(plus $80 airport tax) including
round-trip airfare via El Al Airlines
from New York,
hotel accommodations,
all touring and transportation, and
most meals.

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It's time to get back, and you can do so by calling
the Detroit Bar-Ilan University office at 248.540-8900
fax: 248.540.0515 - e-mail: dfbiu@earthlink.net
Linda Zlotoff, president - Detroit Friends of Bar-Ilan

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extraneous duties — entertainment
packages for high-level visitors, liquor
sales and handling baggage for VIP
visitors" — that they have scant time
to devote to the proper concerns of an
embassy.
The heart of the problem is an all-too-
human one: Americans in official posi-
tions of authority bend the rules, break
with standard procedures and alter poli-
cies for reasons of personal gain.
The effect of this massive preemp-
tive bribing by Saudis is to render the
executive branch quite incapable of
dealing with the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia in the farsighted and disinter-
ested manner that U.S. national inter-
ests require.
That leaves Congress with the
urgent responsibility to fix things.
It must take steps to ensure that the
Saudi revolving-door syndrome
described here be made illegal. That
means that for 10 years or more after
having extensive contacts with the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an official
may not directly or indirectly receive
funds from that source.
Only with this sort of change can
U.S. citizens regain confidence in
their officials dealing with one of the
world's more important nations. ❑

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