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Page 6 The Michigan Daily Tuesday, June 14, 1983


The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCIII, No. 16-S
93 Years of Editorial Freedom
Managed and Edited by students of
The University of Michigan
Editorials represent a majority opinion of the
Daily Editorial Board

Mrs. President
BRITMH PRIME Minister Margaret Thatcher's
impressive victory in last week's general
election has once again proven that, i Great
Britain, a woman's place is definitely in the
house - the house at 10 Downing Street, that is.
The American public can learn a valuable
lesson from Thatcher's re-election, that women
are quite capable of competent and strong
political leadership.
In Thatcher's case, she has lead her country
during difficult times, both at home and
abroad. So far, she has brought peace and legal
independence to Zimbabwe, successfully dealt
with the Argentine invaders of the Falklands,
t and reduced inflation from 22 to five percent.
Admittedly, Thatcher's achievements have
not come without some high costs. The hun-
dreds of young men killed in the Falklands and
an unemployment rate of 13 percent, for exam-
ple, are evidence of that.
We certainly don't approve of everything
Thatcher has done, but whatever one's political
ideology, no one can argue that she hasn't been
a strong, capable leader of both her Conser-
vative Party and her country. Moreover, she
has always been honest with the British public
and has stuck to most of her campaign
promises, a feat few American politicians
manage to do.
America has had its share of successful
women leaders, but unfortunately, even today
when we think of presidents and presidential
candidates we tend to think of men. With the
1984 presidential election fast approaching, lit-
tle chance exists that things will be any dif-
ferent then.
Governor James Blanchard's selection of
Martha Griffiths last year as his running mate
was a big step in the right direction, and
hopefully caused some of our national political
leaders to see the light. Perhaps the next step is
a woman governor, and ultimately a woman
Until then, women will continue to be
underrepresented in Washington, and the country
as a whole will be deprived of a large number of
qualified women candidates.
Unsigned editorials appearing on the left
side of this page represent a majority opinion
of the Daily's Editorial Board.

IsraReli journaist critical
of Begin's West Bank policy
Daniel Rubenstein, West for Israeli sovereignty and I op- Daily: Do you think the in-
Bank correspondent for the pose full sovereignty because I vasion of Lebanon has damaged
think that we have some kind of Begin's popularity with the
Israeli newspaper Davar choice here. If we should annex Israeli people?
spoke at theB'nai B'rith Hillel this territory, we can swallow it
center on Sunday evening. and choke on it. Because to
Prior to his presentation he swallow such a huge number (of
spoke with Daily reporter Dan Palestinians) which can be a
Grantham about the Begin majority, is not less dangerous to
the Israelis, than an outside
government and Israeli in- threat. This kind of internal
volvement in Lebanon. threat to Israel is much more ac-
Daily: As a reporter on the tive today, than a threat from h
West Bank, how do you feel about outside.
Israeli plans to annex it? Daily: Do you think military
Rubenstein: Israel should not inva ons, such as the one in
annex the West Bank. Today Leba: n, can bring about peace?
there is not full annexation, but Rubenstein: You can impose
there is a problem of De Facto occupation, but you can't impose
annexation. It's not only my e n o aseyu can
position, there are many in Israel pose it, because the Arab world is
that oppose this De Facto n- much, much larger. You know,
nexation. According to the Camp it's from Morroco to the Gulf. We
David accord, we are not allowed can't impose peace on the Arab
to annex it because -we have to world, we can't win the war Rubenstein
wait, against the whole Arab world, but
About two years ago, the the whole Arab world is not'the ."..Israel shouldn't annex West Bank
problem. The problem is our Rubenstein: Today, the op-
next-door neighbors, the position to Begin has become a
Palestinian people, and we have little stronger, after the war in
government started a new policy, to reach an agreement with Lebanon, because many people
to ecourge ad pomot Isrelisee the war started about a year
t encourageandpromote Israeli the.Daily: Part of the reason for ago and the government officials
settlements all over the West the invasion of Lebanon was to said a year ago that it would last
Bank. The previous governments strike against the PLO, do you 48 hours. It might turn out to be
had established a few settlement think Israel can ever eliminate like Vietnam for Israel. This kind
is, in some are s of the West the PLO. of confusion and involvement
settlements all over the West Rubenstein: Yes, they can where you can'ttwithdraw.
Batlnkantspcally nteWt destroy the PLO as an Every day there are some
Bank, and especially not within organization but there will still be Israeli casualties. It caused some
the crowded areas I wo aPalestinian national identity. bitterness among the Israelis
assume almost half,sre There is a Palestinian problem, about what we are there. We
people, evenos the Israeli there are the people in the oc- didn't come to Lebanon to main-
Parliament, oppose this policy. cupied territories, and there are tamn the new order, the law and
Those people in the gover- Palestinians scattered all over order. We are not the policemen.
nments who promote settlemen- the Arab world. The problem is Many people think the Begin
is, do it because they want to an-ypolthn teBgi
nex the territory. This is the the Palestinian national con- policy has reached its absurd
government's platform, to ask sciousness, it's not the PLO. point.


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