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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-11-26

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Many thanks to the 175

Jewish Family Service Volunteers

who helped make our

8th Annual Fall Fix Up
a HUGE SUCCESS

We couldn't have done it without YOU!

And special thanks to our hard-working committee—
Jack Cherney, Beth and David Ganezer, Micki Grossman,
Karen Safran, Nathan Shiovitz, Judy Stern, & Jennifer Silverman.

situation that will escalate and ultimately
cause severe damage for Israel as well as
the whole region?
He added that all the major powers
perceive the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to
be the single most serious ongoing prob-
What about Israeli Prime Minister
lem in the world.
Arid Sharon's push to get the settlers
"Here we go again," Rabbi Wine
out of Gaza?
replied to this accusation in a previous
"It's not enough to have a unilateral
conversation. We Jews got it in the
withdrawal from Gaza," Stockton said.
Holocaust and now they fixed us up
"That will solve a major headache for
again to be the sacrificial victim of the
the Israelis, but will not stabilize either
world.
Twice in one century"
the Palestinian situation or the Israeli sit-
Rabbi Wine tweezed out the delicate
uation. It will solve an Israeli problem
because, for the Israelis, Gaza is a swamp issues involved in this not uncommon
accusation. "The major provocation in
of entanglement, rising extremism and
the Muslim world that feeds extremism
death with no future. The quicker they
is the Jewish-Arab question. If it could
get out, the better.
be resolved in some semi-satisfactory
"Withdrawal unilaterally will not sta-
way,
it would reduce the inflammation
bilize the Palestinian situation because it
of
the
Muslim world and that would be
will leave Gaza leaderless with no reas-
good for the world, the global economy,
surance that the Israelis will not re-enter
for the United States and Europe. What
the region for 'security reasons.'
certainly is unacceptable in the Jewish
It will not stabilize the Israeli situa-
community is the idea that the Israeli
tion because they will have acted unilat-
problem is endangering the world."
erally and with no negotiated arrange-
He added, "It is also true that if the
ment with a recognized Palestinian lead-
Palestinian-Israeli
issue is toned down,
ership," Stockton said. "The level of dis-
the
world
would
benefit
—"
trust is so great that without internation-
"— And so would the Israelis,"
al intervention to facilitate an arrange-
Stockton said.
ment, the withdrawal has a high proba-
"I'm not so sure," Rabbi Wine replied.
bility of collapsing."
"People say that to console the Jews. I
think it's realistic to say that if Israel
What are Sharon's responsibilities ?
would shrink its boundaries or go away,
"The problem for Sharon is that
>
it would likely be good for world peace.
although he would be happy with the
"— And Israel's security" Stockton
death of Arafat, Arafat died too soon,"
added.
Rabbi Wine said. "Sharon hasn't com-
"The reality here is that the Jews are
pleted his wall [security barrier], which
being asked to put themselves into a
allowed him to draw a boundary line,
dangerous place for world peace," Rabbi
which is no longer feasible. He'll get no
Wine said.
peace agreement with that line. There
Stockton agreed that it's a real possibil-
has to be enough land to have a state."
ity that the extremists from around the
Stockton said, "The danger is that
Arab world could remilitarize the new
Bush and Sharon used Arafat as an
Palestinian country.
excuse not to negotiate and were never
Both said it is the responsibility of the
serious. If Sharon indicated a commit-
Arabs to make an unequivocal commit-
ment to a negotiation process, that
ment of negotiating with Israel in a non-
would be a shift in his position."
violent context," Stockton said.
"Control your extremists or end up
Will the Mideast situation escalate?
With the rise of terrorism, it's dangerous with failure," Rabbi Wine advised the
Arabs. Yet with the death of Arafat, both
for Israelis to give back the West Bank.
advocate taking this opportunity to
So why should they?
work for a negotiated peace.
"This is not a moral issue, its a practi-
"Israel can find short-term security
cal one," Stockton said. "Israel's control
of the West Bank, of the Palestinian peo- without peace," but not long-term secu-
rity," Rabbi Wine said. "The only
ple and of Islamic holy sites is creating
answer to long-run security is peace."
an inflammatory and politically unstable

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"So Palestine can never be as independ-
ent as Israel. It can have a police force,
but not a military. That's a tough negoti-
ation."

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