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December 19, 2003 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-12-19

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for his many months of neglect of the
Arab-Israeli conflict," said Ira
Forman, executive director of the
National Jewish Democratic Council
(NJDC), a partisan group. Forman
praised the candidate for recognizing
that "there may not be a peace part-
ner in the Palestinian leadership.
"But he can take that hardheaded
reality and still do his best to move
forward with some kind of peace
process. And that is the essence of
being pro-Israel."

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Dean also announced this week a for-
eign policy advisory team that
includes a number of Clinton admin-
istration retreads, including former
National Security Advisor Anthony
Lake and former State Department
policy chief Morton Halperin. And
that could point to another element
in his problem with pro-Israel
In Jewish meetings and interviews,
Dean has stressed that he sees former
President Bill Clinton as a kind of
foreign policy role model. This week,
Dean reinforced that connection.
In his Los Angeles
speech he said, "The
first thing I'm going
to do should I
become president of
the United States is
call the person who
had the most influ-
ence in bringing the
Israelis and. the Arabs Clinton
together in the last 25
years — and that's Bill Clinton —
and ask him to represent me in trying
to bring peace to this extraordinarily
troubled section of the world."
But Clinton and his approach to
the Middle East do not have the lus-
ter they once had, Jewish leaders say.
Gilbert Kahn, a Kean University
political scientist, said, "In terms of
the Middle East, the community has
been overwhelmed by Bush; that has
swamped the image that Clinton had
of being the best president on the
That shift in Clinton's image is the
result of a number of factors, includ-
ing the breakdown of the Oslo peace
process, the renewal of fierce terror-
ism against Israel and President
Bush's unusually good relations with
a right-wing government in
A prominent Jewish Democrat said,
"Clinton is still respected by many in
our community, but his image in

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