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JfewishFloridian
$P) OF GREATER FORT LAUDE
Volume 18 Number 7
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Friday, April 7, 1989
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Price: 35 cents
Mitterand to Meet Arafat
AN ARAB SUMMIT MEETING. A trio of Arab leaders, from the left Palestine Liberation
Organization Chairman Yasir Arafat, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King
Hussein of Jordan, joins hands in Ismailya, Egypt, where they met for talks about Middle
East peace efforts. King Hussein said later that his country, Iraq and North Yemen would
boycott any future Arab summits unless Egypt regains its Arab League Summit seat.
(AP/Wide World Photo)
By EDWIN EYTAN
PARIS (JTA) President
Francois Mitterrand has
decided to meet in France with
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion leader Yasir Arafat,
according to an official
announcement made by the
Ely see Palace.
Palace chief spokesman
Hubert Vedrine said the presi-
dent has not yet fixed a date,
but that the meeting "will take
place in France" and not in
Tunisia or Egypt, as previ-
ously reported.
Diplomatic sources said the
meeting will "most probably"
take place in Paris or its imme-
diate vicinity a few days after
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir's April 6 meeting with
President Bush in Washing-
ton. The sources said that
before meeting with Arafat,
Mitterand will want to hear
from Bush on whether Shamir
has made new suggestions to
break the stalemate in the Mid-
dle East peace process.
The French Embassy in
Washington reportedly has
been instructed to report all
available details of any Shamir
peace plan at the earliest possi-
ble date.
The announcement comes as
a blow to Israeli diplomacy
following recent trips to
France by Shamir and Israeli
Foreign Minister Moshe
Arens. Both Shamir and Arens
pleaded against a meeting
with Arafat, saving this would
be counterproductive to the
peace process.
Mitterrand reportedly
decided to make his decision
known before Shamir's visit to
America, in order to clearly
indicate that, in his eyes, Ara-
fat and the PLO are the most
suitable negotiators in any
peace process. That appears to
be the growing sentiment in
the 12-nation European Com-
munity, which Mitterrand will
preside over, beginning July 1.
Promise of Peace Proposals
By ELLEN ANN STEIN
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
Promise of proposals for
Middle East peace have been
forthcoming from the new
administrations in the United
States and Israel, with the
expectation of a key direction
coming from the upcoming
U.S. visit of Israeli Prime Min-
ister Yitzhak Shamir.
A major study commissioned
by the American Jewish Con-
gress and prepared by the Jaf-
fee Center for Strategic Stud-
ies based at Tel Aviv Univer-
sity reviewed six of the most
prominent options for peace
presently on the agenda.
AJCongress associate execu-
tive director Phil Baum was in
Miami last week and spoke
with The Jewish Floridian
about the so-called "Options
Project."
"Peace is a good idea
no matter with whom
you make it."
Of the six options for Middle
East peace, ranging from the
status quo to annexing terri-
tories in the West Bank and
Gaza, Baum said none of the
options was feasible; each
posed a dilemma.
"I think it's a matter that
should be looked at judiciously
and intensively, said Baum, an
attorney who has authored
many articles and books on the
Middle East. "Now, (the
study) is before the Jewish
community and before deci-
sion-makers and opinion-
molders around the world."
BUT the basic document
demonstrates "the complexity
and extreme difficulty of arriv-
ing at any satisfactory" solu-
tion, Baum noted. "Quick
fixes, that everybody has in
mind, won't work."
Greater patience is required
on the part of the United
States, Baum said, adding
that, "American Jews are not
a very patient people."
The lack of a solution as
demonstrated in the Jaffee
report is the reason there is
"agony" in the Middle East,
Baum said. But he concedes,
"I represent an organization
that doesn't have an easy solu-
tion."
In an independent report,
the Jaffee Center proposed a
solution that in part requires
the Palestinians to prove
themselves to Israel, which in
turn would offer a proposal for
settlement.
The U.S. State Department
has "leaked a suggestion" that
it feels certain things should be
done in confidence building,
Baum said, agreeing that most
likely "nothing will happen
until there is some certainty on
the part of the Israelis that
what is being done by the
Palestinians is deep-seated
and real."
Then again, there is what
might be considered the dou-
ble-edged sword as Baum
acknowledged: "There is a
concern that the fight with
Palestinians is intercommunal,
and that the other is inter-
state, (so that) when you make
peace with the Palestinians
you still don't make peace with
Jordan, Iraq ..."
But Baum said he doesn't
see peace as that double-edged
sword. "Peace is a good idea
no matter with whom you
make it," he said.
"(Israel) did make peace
with Egypt and they may
make peace with the Palestini-
ans and they could make peace
with Jordan. But that won't
solve their problem because
they're still confronted with a
hostile and aggressive Syrian
government and by the hatred
of a good part of the Moslem
world, including Iran, Iraq and
Libya. So, their problems are
extensive."
"American Jews are
not a very patient
people."____________
ON the other hand, there is a
popular perception that PLO
Chairman Yasir Arafat and
the PLO have done whatever
is required to give adequate
assurance to the Americans
and Israelis that now it's been
transformed into a force that
really wants peace, Baum said.
"But if you look carefully
and seriously at what was said
and done in Algiers and Stock-
holm, and subsequently what
was said by a whole host of
PLO spokesmen, it's pretty
clear that there are some ambi-
guities which have yet to be
resolved.
"The ambiguities are their
willingness to accept Israel as
a permanent sovereign Jewish
state in the Middle East. And,
their readiness to flesh out
their proclamation with deeds
and their ability to win acqui-
escence to what they are sup-
posedly doing from among
their constituent organiza-
tions. Some of the more promi-
nent leaders of the factions of
the PLO have construed what
We Cannot Afford
Disunity
By MARC H. TANENBAUM
NEW YORK (JTA) The
recent mobilization of Jewish
leaders for expressing solidar-
ity with Israel was met with
ambivalence in some Jewish
quarters.
Clearly, there are some seri-
ous differences in geopolitical
views both within Israel and in
the Diaspora for how to cope
constructively with the peace
process. But increasingly, I
believe with others that re-
building the Jewish family into
a caring community is an over-
riding issue.
In recent weeks, I have been
reading several biographies of
Theodor Herri (in preparation
for a book I am writing on
"The Vatican, the Jews and
Israel.") Herri is a heroic leg-
end today among all Jews, and
for obvious historic reasons.
But it is heartbreaking to
read accounts of how Jewish
disunity, hostility, egocentric
politics impeded the rise of the
Jewish state and virtually
destroyed Herri's health.
Everybody had "good" rea-
sons: the assimilationists
feared that a Jewish state
would create dual loyalties;
they wanted only colonies in
Palestine. The cultural Zion-
ists wanted to concentrate on
Palestine as a "spiritual cen-
ter" and not on its political
realization.
The triumph was that Herri
succeeded finally with his dip-
lomatic genius, despite much
opposition from Jewish leader-
ship. To the imperiled masses
of Jews in Eastern Europe,
Herzl was "the king of the
Jews."
we are the last people on earth
who can afford such internal
hostility and alienation from
one another; that only our
worst enemies profit from
Jewish disunity? Somewhere
in Jewish life today the cen-
tral affirmation must become
again "love of Jews for one
another" and learning to dis-
agree in non-destructive ways.
Continued on Page 2 When will Jews learn that
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Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of Greater Fort Lauderdale/Friday, April 7, 1989
FUNERAL FOR KNIFING VICTIM. The family and
friends of 74-year-old Dr. Kurt Moshe Schallinger watch as
he is laid to rest in a Tel Aviv cemetery. Dr. Schallinger
died of knife wounds received on a Tel Aviv street, the victim
of a Palestinian Gaza man who also injured two other
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Alternative
Haggadah
"On Wings of Freedom," a
Passover Haggadah conceived
and developed for the celebra-
tion of community seders, has
been published by the B'nai
B'rith Hillel Foundations and
KTAV.
The Haggadah includes
extensive transliteration, as
well as poetic translations and
interpretations of virtually the
complete traditional Passover
text.
This new Haggadah also fea-
tures alternative readings,
enabling the leader to conduct
a shorter or a "third night"
seder; non-sexist language in
all English passages and the
inclusion of the matriarchs in
Hebrew and Aramaic pas-
sages; the addition of contem-
porary songs, protest and
peace ballads; and treatments
of such current issues as the
Holocaust, Soviet Jewry, Ethi-
opian Jewry, the homeless,
Israel-Diaspora concerns and
Jewish morality, activism and
ritual.
Proposals
Continued from Page 1
happened in Algiers and
Stockholm in a radically differ-
ent fashion from the interpret-
ation given by Arafat. Even
Arafat has given contradictory
versions of what he purported
to be doing in Algiers and
Stockholm."
LOOKING at the study's
text, Baum concluded, "you
see there are some reasons to
remain concerned about what
in fact has been done."
Baum does agree with the
Jaffee Center's conclusion that
there would have to be a "very
long transition period ... 10 to
15 years during which confi-
dence building measures are
required."
But that is problematic,
Baum explained: "No Palestin-
ian is willing to wait ten
years."
The Camp David Accords
contemplated waiting a maxi-
mum of five years and the
Arabs were unwilling to accept
that, Baum said. And the Mid-
dle East peace proposal made
by former Secretary of State
George Shultz called for an
even shorter transition period.
On a more optimistic note,
Baum said the AJCongress is
testing the waters of other
Jewish organizations to see if
there is support for a one year
waiver which is allowed by
law of the Jackson-Vanik
amendment which linked the
"most favored nation" trade
status between the Soviet
Union and the U.S. to the
Soviet emigration policies.
AJCongress has been trying
to persuade other organiza-
tions such as the National Con-
ference on Soviet Jews and the
National Jewish Community
Relations Advisory Council
(NJCRAC) to support the
waiver of the amendment.
"It's a radical change from
the prior position of the Jewish
community," Baum conceded,
terming the changes in Soviet
emigration policy "substantial
and real."
THE waiver of the trade
restrictions could be
announced at any time by
President George Bush and
there would be a mandatory
review after one year. The
latter measures which would
serve as leverage in case the
Soviet again shifted its pol-
icy."
"It's value is primarily sym-
bolic," Baum said. "It would
give the Soviet Union the same
trade relationship as many
nations have."
Baum said he wants the
effort to remove the trade
restriction to be a particularly
Jewish initiative.
"The Jackson-Vanik amend-
ment is conceived as having a
carrot and a stick. We've used
the stick but never held out a
carrot. The carrot will be
removing the restrictions."
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Conference Endorses
Israeli Efforts
By ELLI WOHLGELERNTER
JERUSALEM (JTA) The Prime Minister's Confer-
ence on Jewish Solidarity With Israel closed here with the
adoption of a broad final statement backing the unity
government "in its efforts to achieve peace and security
with its neighbors."
The 144-word document, titled "The Jerusalem Declara-
tion on Jewish Solidarity With Israel," was read by
Mordechai Gur of Labor, a Cabinet minister without
portfolio, at closing ceremonies at the Western Wall.
The declaration had been approved earlier in the day by a
voice vote, after it was read to the morning plenary session
by Shoshana Cardin, chairwoman of the National Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry.
There was little surprise in the document, as most of the
words in the text were articulated by speakers during the
course of the two-and-a-half-day conference.
"I think it is written well enough to satisfy all those who
came here, who have divergent points of view," said
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TEMPLE BETH AM
Late Shabbat evening ser-
vices will be held on Friday,
April 7, at 8 p.m. in the Hirsch
Sanctuary, conducted by
Rabbi Paul Plotkin and Hazzan
Irving Grossman. The Temple
Beth Am choir under the direc-
tion of Esther Federoff will
participate in the services.
On Saturday, April 8, Sab-
bath services are at 9 a.m.,
conducted by Rabbi Paul Plot-
kin and Hazzan Irving Gross-
man. The congregation is
invited to a kiddush following
services in the Lustig Social
Hall.
The Bat Mitzvah of Jennifer
Zoldessy, daughter of Dr. Joel
and Mrs. Carol Zoldsessy was
celebrated at Temple Beth Am
on March 11.
The Bat Mitzvah of Stepha-
nie Smith, daughter of Larry
and Elaine Smith was cele-
brated at Temple Beth Am on
March 11.
The Bat Mitzvah of Anne
Brown, daughter of Richard
and Ronna Brown, was cele-
brated at Temple Beth Am on
March 18.
The Bar Mitzvah of Hernan
Silber, son of Nestor and Bea-
triz Silber was celebrated at
Temple Beth Am on March 18.
The Bat Mitzvah of Sandra
Herschcovich, daughter of
Dario and Elvira Herschcovich
was celebrated at Temple Beth
Am on March 25.
The Bat Mitzvah of Jennifer
Rubenstein, daughter of Ron-
ald and Sherrie Rubenstein
was celebrated at Temple Beth
Am on March 25.
The Solomon Geld Religious
School will have it's Model
Seder on Sunday, April 9, at
10 a.m., in the Lustig Social
Hall.
Temple Beth Am preschool
will have a Passover Seder on
April 12, at 11 a.m., in the
multi purpose room of the
school.
TEMPLE KOL AMI
On Friday evening, April 7,
services will begin at 8:15
under the leadership of Rabbi
Sheldon J. Harr and Cantor
Seymour Schwartzman. At
this time, Jennifer Zinner,
daughter of Barbara and Ken-
neth Zinner, will be called to
the Torah in honor of her Bat
Mitzvah.
On Saturday morning, April
8, services will begin at 10:30.
At this time, Steven Bussell,
son of Alan Bussell and Karen
Bussell, and Keith Sharman,
son of Sue and Graham Shar-
man, will be called to the
Torah in honor of their B'Nait
Mitzvah.
Smith
Challenges
Administration
Cong. Larry Smith (D-FL),
chairman of the House Fore-
ign Affairs Committee's Task
Force on International Narco-
tics Control, charged at a
recent press conference in
Washington that the Bush
administration has failed to
suggest innovative solutions to
stop international drug traf-
ficking.
Noting that this country is
losing ground in the drug war,
Rep. Smith suggests that the
U.S. swap debts for drugs, i.e.
agree to partial forgiveness of
government debt for verifiable
anti-drug activity.
Smith, whose task force has
just completed five hearings to
review this country's antidrug
efforts in other countries, also
proposed an increase in U.S.
military assistance to encour-
age the host country military
to become more actively
involved in drug eradication.
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Page 4 The Jewish Floridian of Greater Fort Lauderdale/Friday, April 7, 1989
Camp David
Plus Ten
By DAVID HOROWITZ
UNITED NATIONS (WUP)
Almost to the day ten years
after the historic agreement
reached at Camp David be-
tween Egypt and Israel, Fore-
ign Minister Moshe Arens
arrived in the U.S. still
engaged in the pursuit of
peace in the Middle East which
seems to be getting more elu-
sive despite the feverish
attempt by some private enter-
prise Jews and the meddling of
foreign governments who pre-
tend that it is just around the
corner the corner which
Israel must turn in order to
find it.
It was timely therefore for
Arens, during his brief but
highly publicized visit to the
United States to make clear to
President Bush and Secretary
of State Baker, as well as to
the UN Secretary General,
where Israel stood on the issue
of the West Bank and Gaza
and in its relations with the
rioting Palestinians. He reiter-
ated once more his firm oppo-
sition to any dealings with the
PLO.
Although the meetings were
what is diplomatically called
"friendly," it may be assumed
that neither the UN Secretary
General whose spokesman
described the 25-minute con-
fab as a "normal discussion"
but not a "cool" one nor
Bush and Baker were too
happy with what they heard.
In all his meetings, Arens
explained the present policy of
the coalition government: to
try and reach an understand-
ing for a settlement with the
Palestinians, but to insist on
no dealings with the PLO. An
international conference
would be counter-productive;
only direct negotiations
between the parties involved,
including the Palestinians who
must end their intifada before
any talks can begin and lead to
an agreement on the territor-
ies. The problems connected
with UNIFIL UN Interim
Force In Lebanon were
raised by the UN chief, includ-
ing alleged interference with
the operation of the Norwe-
gian contingent by Israeli sol-
diers.
Moshe Arens stood his
ground in his "confrontations"
with the president and his
secretary of state. Having
ordered the U.S. talks with the
PLO to continue, Baker failed
to state his main purpose for
the resumption of the talks
with the world's leading ter-
rorist organization. However,
later when a Senate Appropri-
ations Committee asked him to
clarify his views, he stated:
"You are not going to have
peace without direct negotia-
tions. If that can be accom-
plished through a dialogue
between the Israelis and the
Palestinians in the occupied
territories, that should be, of
course, a preferred approach.
But we ought not to rule out
categorically, absolutely and
unequivocably consideration of
going beyond that if its neces-
sary to move toward peace in
the Middle East" meaning
that the Israel government
will have to talk to the PLO.
Baker's statement, no doubt
pleased the pro-Arab clique in
the State Department.
Reconstructionist Movement Accepts
First Gay-Lesbian Congregation
By BEN GALLOB
Bet Haverim, a 75-member
gay-lesbian congregation, has
become the first Reconstruc-
tionist congregation in Atlan-
ta, and the first gay-lesbian
congregation in the Recon-
structionist movement.
Founded four years ago, Bet
Haverim had its membership
application approved at the
January board meeting of the
Reconstructionist Federation.
Rabbi Mordecai Liebling,
executive director of the Fed-
eration of Reconstructionist
Congregations and Havurot,
told the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency that the Atlanta con-
gregation was one of 64 Re-
constructionist congregations
in North America.
Liebling said that after the
Bet Haverim application was
received, he met with a num-
ber of members in Atlanta to
explore the possible relation-
ship, as he does for all applying
congregations.
While Bet Haverim applied
only to the Reconstructionist
movement for membership, it
invited a Reform representa-
tive to address the congrega-
tion.
The reason for inviting spo-
kesmen for both groups was
based on conflicting motives,
Bet Haverim officials said.
Gary Piccola, an Atlanta
psychologist who is immediate
past president and a founder
of Bet Haverim, said that in
regard to affiliation, "we like
to do our own thing." He
added that affiliation would
"have to be with a group that
encourages autonomy."
Sherry Emory, Bet Haverim
president, invited Rabbi Frank
Sundheim, regional director of
the Union of American He-
brew Congregations, to ad-
dress the congregation. The
UAHC is the national repre-
sentative agency of North
American Reform congrega-
tions.
Sundheim said that UAHC
was a "pioneer in pushing for
acceptance of gays and lesbi-
ans in the Jewish community."
He said that "we probably
have a dozen gay and lesbian
congregations already" in the
UAHC.
Sundheim and Leibling met
separately with the congrega-
tion. Liebling told a group of
Bet Haverim members at a
member's home last July that
the Reconstructionist move-
ment "welcomes gays and les-
bians."
Liebling told the Bet
Haverim members that only
the Reconstructionist Rabbini-
cal College accepts and trains
gays and lesbians for the rab-
binate.
Sundheim was quoted as
saying that the question of
ordaining gays and lesbians for
the Reform rabbinate remain-
ed under discussion within the
Central Conference of Ameri-
can Rabbis, the Reform rab-
binical group.
The other reason for consid-
ering affiliation, Piccola said,
was a need to organize the
congregation before it became
too large to manage effec-
tively.
He said "it would probably
have been helpful years ago if
we had somebody to tell us
how to set up a budget. We're
discovering these things on
our own. It would have been
easier if we had help."
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Friday, April 7, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of Greater Fort Lauderdale Page 5
Specter's Shuttle Diplomacy
By ARLEN SPECTER
As a member of the Foreign
Operations Subcommittee of
the Appropriations Commit-
tee, I spent 15 days in meet-
ings with President Assad of
Syria, President Mubarak of
Egypt, King Hussein of Jor-
dan, and high government offi-
cials in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
I also met with Israeli leaders,
including Prime Minister Sha-
mir and former Prime Minis-
ters Peres and Rabin.
In Israel, the economic situa-
tion is worsening, as are the
difficulties associated with the
uprising known as the inti-
fada. The new foreign minister
and former ambassador to the
U.S., Moshe Arena, told me
that Israelis feel a very great
sense of isolation these days.
While I think that U.S. diplo-
matic assistance may be cru-
cial to turning this situation
around, I have grave doubts
about our recent decision to
open a dialogue with the PLO,
and I have written to Secret-
ary of State James Baker urg-
ing him to move with extreme
caution. Central to my doubts
is my distrust of Yasir Arafat,
whose history of involvement
in terrorist activities includes
the murder of the American
ambassador to the Sudan and
the hijacking of the Achille
Lauro, resulting in Leon
Klinghoffer's murder.
Can we believe that Arafat
has abandoned such tactics?
Recently, when Bethlehem
Mayor Freij offered to help
negotiate a cessation of vio-
lence, Arafat issued a state-
ment warning that any such
negotiators might be mur-
dered.
On a brighter note, I think
that there is an emerging will-
ingness among the Arab na-
tions to negotiate with Israel.
The climate in this respect has
changed dramatically in five
years. Although Egypt has not
fully cooperated with Israel to
normalize commercial and cul-
tural relations, my conversa-
tion with President Mubarak
would suggest that this re-
flects less upon Egypt's atti-
tude toward Israel than upon
Egypt's eagerness to get back
in the good graces of the other
Arab nations. But Egypt will, I
believe, continue to press for
peace.
My visit to Iraq was not
without surprises. I had a ser-
ies of meetings scheduled
there, including one with Saa-
doun Hammadi, who currently
is speaker of the parliament
and minister of state for fore-
ign affairs. Hammadi voiced
some very strong anti-Israel
sentiments. But rather sur-
f'risingly, among younger
raqi officials, I noted a keen
interest in seeing the peace
process move forward and in
considering UN Resolutions
242 and 338, recognizing
Israel's right to exist.
In Syria in 1984, I found
great hostility towards Israel.
When I met with President As-
sad last year, he was cordial
although we found little to
agree on over a broad range
of issues. This year, I met
again with President Assad for
over four hours. President
Assad said that he believes
Israel wishes to control the
Mideast from the Nile to the
Euphrates. I assured him this
was not true.
Later, meeting with Prime
Minister Shamir, I repeated
that conversation. Shamir, of
course, confirmed my denial
and I have communicated this
to President Assad by letter. I
would like to see Prime Minis-
ter Shamir and President
Assad discuss their differ-
ences. Shamir told me that he
was willing to meet, but I think
that we are a fair distance
from this.
It is difficult to analyze
Saudi Arabia's role and inten-
tions in the Middle East. My
meetings there suggest that
the Saudi attitude is becoming
less recalcitrant than it once
was. Although Saudi Arabia
continues to provide substan-
tial financial aid to many Arab
countries hostile to Israel and
to the PLO, they now concede
Israel's right to exist, and
insist that they are trying to
act as a moderating influence
upon the PLO.
Traveling across the Allenby
Bridge from Israel to Jordan, I
met with King Hussein, who
spoke optimistically about
moving ahead wit* the peace
Erocess. He is working very
ard to bring Egypt back in-
to the Arab League, and of
course he has had, and still has
his own difficulties with the
PLO.
Other issues figuring promi-
nently in my meetings includ-
ed the use of chemical weapons
in the Iran-Iraq war, arms
sales to Arab countries, and
improving relations between
the Soviet Union and the
United States. I hope that
improved superpower rela-
tions will contribute to a
peaceful settlement of issues
in the Mideast.
My trip served to confirm
once again the importance of
the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Israel saves the United States
approximately $45 billion per
year in defense expenditures.
Even more important, Israel is
becoming a major strategic
ally in the Eastern Mediter-
ranean. These factors, but-
tressed by the values we share
and the moral commitment we
have made to Israel's survival,
underscore the importance of
continued American support.
President Bush and the 101st
Congress will face many criti-
cal issues as events unfold in
the Mideast.
Arlen Specter
American Sephardic Conference
In Seattle
Israel's ambassador to
[Spain, Shlomo Ben Ami, will
be the keynote speaker at the
American Sephardi Federa-
tion's convention in Seattle
over Memorial Day weekend,
May 28-31.
Registration is open to April
15. For information: the
American Sephardi Federa-
tion, 515 Park Avenue, Suite
515, New York, NY 10022, or
(212) 308-3455.

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Mideast Certainty:
Deadlock and Disagreement
By MORRIS J. AMITAY
If there was ever a
time for American Jews to
stand up in support of Israel, it
is now. Here in Washington,
we are beginning to see a
dangerous drift in policy set in
motion by the opening of U.S.
talks with the PLO, and accel-
erated to some extent by wish-
ful thinking. No matter how it
is obfuscated or explained
away, U.S. policy now appears
to be aimed at getting the
Israeli Government to negoti-
ate with the PLO as if this
were an end in itself. In doing
so, the new Administration
may be making a very basic
error.
This was recently pointed
out by no less than Henry
Kissinger, who has been
around the Middle East track
more than a few times. Kissin-
ger who, when in positions of
power was sometimes at odds
with pro-Israel activists,
seems to have gained a clearer
perspective on the Middle East
as his distance from the actual
action has increased. Kissin-
ger's two propositions for a
"serious diplomatic effort" are
"conditions for a final set-
tlement simply do not now
exist; Israel cannot be asked
simultaneously to give up ter-
ritories and to establish a PLO
state."
There is not enough
land to trade and
insufficient assurance
there will be peace.
If Kissinger is right what
can the outcome of U.S. pres-
sure for a Shamir-Arafat dia-
logue be other than the cer-
tainty of deadlock and dis-
agreement? For Israel to com-
mence negotiations without a
pretty good idea of where they
will end up, and without U.S.
support along the way, poses
unacceptable risks.
When Sadat traveled to Jer-
usalem, he had strong reason
The depth of emnity,
intolerance and
hatred toward Israel
that is still so
prevalent in much of
the Arab world and
which is amply
demonstrated by
violence against
Israelis and Jews will
simply not disappear
upon the signing of a
paper agreement.
to believe that in the end he
would get back every inch of
the Sinai and he was right.
But there was also enough in
the Peace Treaty arrange-
ments for Israel that a deal
could be struck. This kind of
trade-off of land for "peace" is
impossible in the Israeli-
Palestinian context. There is
not enough land to trade and
East, not the Middle West. The
depth of emnity, intolerance
and hatred toward Israel that
is still so prevalent in much of
the Arab world and which is
amply demonstrated by vio-
lence against Israelis and Jews
will simply not disappear upon
the signing of a paper agree-
ment. The fragility of such an
agreement is underscored by
the fact that the Palestinian
leader who would sign it can-
not control significant ele-
ments of the PLO and that he
himself may be assassinated at
any time.
The much publicized,
and widely misinterpreted Jaf-
fee Center recommendation in
which Israel "does not negate
the possibility of the eventual
emergence of a Palestinian
state," specifically calls for
"an extended transition stage
(10-15 years)" of confidence
building. While this period is
longer than Camp David's five
year transition period, it is not
longer than the frequent Arab
declarations that they are will-
ing to wait one hundred years
for the ultimate destruction of
Israel.
What is definitely not
needed at this time are prema-
ture U.S. Middle East policies
emanating from an Adminis-
tration which has yet to digest
the realities of the Middle
East, and which has so many
other issues on its foreign pol-
icy plate. The Israeli-Palestin-
ian conflict after all is not one
involving potential super
power confrontation, so the
powder keg argument is weak-
ened. We are also in a period
when the Arab oil weapon has
been blunted by the continuing
oil glut and depressed prices.
A go-slow approach is the only
one which could have positive
results.
If President Bush and
Secretary of State Baker de-
part from what until now
seemed to be this kind of meas-
ured approach and yield to the
temptation of going for a
quick-fix it will turn out to
be neither quick nor fixed.
By concentrating on
finding a solution to the Pales-
tinian dimension as opposed to
addressing the broader Arab-
Israel conflict, and the even
broader regional problems
Israel's value as an ally can be
too conveniently overlooked.
Appreciation of Israel's strate-
gic role in protecting U.S.
interests in the Middle East
can be discarded only to our
potential peril. While one can
hope less expansionist Soviet
foreign policies may emerge
down the road, the chronic
instability and radicalism
which characterizes the region
remain. With Spain forcing us
to move bases elsewhere \Z
with the anti-U.S. PapandWu
government still in power in
reece, NATO's southed
flank still needs the backstop.
ping of Israel's proven capaM
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must be seen as a backdrop to
the Arab rioting on the West
Bank and to PLO demands
This is especially so since those
who are instigating the vio-
lence and seeking to weaken
Israel don't exactly represent
the values or ideals of Western
democracy.
A medieval philosopher
wrote "the height of folly is
not to be able to distinguish
between friends and foes."
This sage advice should be
heeded as U.S. Middle East
diplomacy unfolds in the
months ahead.
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________Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
Lori Holzman
Lori Holzman, daughter of
Alycia and Bobby Holzman of
Plantation, will be called to the
Torah on the occasion of her
Bat Mitzvah Friday, April 7, at
Temple Beth Israel, Sunrise.
Lori is a student at Nova
Middle School.
Attending Lori's celebration
will be her brother, Jared; and
grandparents, Martha and
Sydney Haimm of Lauderhill
and Sylvia and Jerry Holzman
of Boca Raton.
\ /
Barry Itzkowitz
Barry Itzkowitz, son of Fran
and Julian Itzkowitz of Tam-
arac, will be called to the
Torah as Bar Mitzvah on April
15 at Beth Israel in Sunrise.
Barry's grandmother is
Sylvia Itzkowitz of Sunrise. He
has a brother Alan.
Barry attends Silver Lakes
Middle School. He enjoys foot-
ball and racing R.C. cars.
Friday, April 7, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of Greater Fort Lauderdale Page 7

Book Reviews
Lis Harris' book "Holy
Days," the final selection in
this season's Jewish Book
Review Series, will be review-
ed during April at various
Broward libraries.
In the book, Harris chroni-
cles the days in the lives of a
Chassadic-Lubavitchi family in
Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The book will be reviewed by
Rabbi Mark W. Gross Monday,
April 10, 10:30 a.m., at the
Margate Library; by Rabbi
David Gordon Tuesday, April
11, 1 p.m., at the West
Regional Library; by Rabbi
Aron Lieberman Wednesday,
April 12,1 p.m., at the Lauder-
dale Lakes Library; by Jean
Sternleif Thursday, April 13,
2:30 p.m., at the Pompano
Beach Library; by Rabbi Gross
Tuesday, April 18, 1 p.m., at
the Tamarac Library; and by
Rabbi Gordon Wednesday,
April 2,1 p.m., at the Imperial
Point Library. Hosts repre-
senting the Central Agency
for Jewish Education, one of
the sponsoring groups will be
Rhoda Dagan, Sam Dickert
and Ruth Schwartz.
University Section
Open to everyone, the next
meeting of the University
Section of NCJW will be held
at the Tamarac Jewish Center,
9101 N.W. 57th Street, Tam-
arac, Thursday, April 13, at
7:45 p.m. Guest speaker from
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Page 8 The Jewish Floridian of Greater Fort Lauderdale/Friday, April 7, 1989
By DAVID FRIEDMAN
WASHINGTON (JTA) -
The State Department had no
immediate comment on the
four-hour meeting the U.S.
ambassador to Tunisia had
with Palestine Liberation
Organization representatives.
The meeting in the ancient
Tunisian city of Carthage was
the second formal session
since the United States agreed
to open a dialogue with the
PLO last December and the
first since the Bush adminis-
tration came into office.
There was no indication in
reports from Tunisia that the
Bush administration had made
any headway in its stated goal
for the dialogue, the advance-
ment of the peace process.
"The immediate objective is
to create a political environ-
ment in which productive
No Progress
In PLO Talks
negotiations between Palestin-
ians and Israelis can be sus-
tained," U.S. Ambassador
Robert Pelletreau Jr. was
quoted as saying after the
meeting.
Secretary of State James
Baker told the House Foreign
Affairs subcommittee on inter-
national operations that one
way the PLO could held bring
this environment about
"would be not to stand in the
way of Palestinians in the
occupied territories engaging
in a dialogue with Israel.'
But Yasir Abed Rabbo, a
member of the Palestine
National Council executive
committee who headed the
three-member PLO delegation
at the talks, said the only way
to reach a settlement of the
issues is through an inter-
national conference.
Rabbo, who is an official of
the Marxist Democratic Front
for the Liberation of Palestine,
said the PLO would be willing
to talk to Israel directly on
arrangements for a confer-
ence, but stressed that this
would not be negotiations.
Israel rejects any participa-
tion by the PLO in the peace
process and has criticized the
U.S. dialogue with the organi-
zation.
Israeli Premier Yitzhak Sha-
mir is expected to propose,
when he meets President Bush
on April 6, some sort of self-
rule for the Palestinians. The
residents of the West Bank
and Gaza Strip would be able
to elect their own leaders.
But Rabbo said that holding
election while in the territories
are under Israeli "occupation"
are "out of the question."
POLICE INTERVENTION. An Israeli border police
trooper scuffles with one of the Orthodox Jewish worship-
pers who tried to prevent women from leading a prayer
group at the Western Wall, a practice frowned upon by
Orthodox tradition. (AP/Wide World Photo)
Violence Demonstrates
Need for Pluralism
Peres to Propose
Palestinian Entity?
By HUGH ORGEL
TEL AVIV (JTA) Vice
Premier Shimon Peres denied
a newspaper report that he
intends to present a peace plan
calling for the establishment of
a demilitarized Palestinian
state in the administered terri-
tories.
Pressed during a television
interview, however, Peres
hinted that he may have plans
that refer to a "Palestinian
entity," pointing out there was
little difference between such
a body and the autonomy ideas
agreed to by both Likud and
Labor.
Attache Beit-Or
To Address
Na'amat
Drora Beit-Or, attache for
women's affairs of the Israeli
Embassy in Washington, D.C.,
will be guest speaker at the
South Florida Council
of Na'amat USA's annual
donor luncheon Sunday, April
9, noon, at the Fontainebleu
Hilton Hotel.
Beit-Or, top-ranking official
of the State of Israel assigned
to the U.S. embassy, has
served in her present position
since December. An attorney,
she also trained at the Adler
Institute for Human Relation-
ships in Israel.
From 1985-87, Beit-Or was
legal advisor to the Lavon
Institute for Labor Research
and headed its Golda Meir
Memorial Department. Prior
to that, she directed the Tel
Aviv University Research Pro-
ject on Peace, organizing
activities for joint research on
Egypt and other Arab nations.
She has served for several
years as legal advisor on
women's affairs issues
to Na'amat in Israel and is an
active member of the Kol
Koreh Association, a volun-
tary organization dealing with
the defense of human rights in
Israel.
Luncheon chairman is Har-
riet Green, president of the
South Florida Council and
national vice president
of Na'amat USA.
He also indicated a new will-
ingness to consider negotia-
tions with "members of the
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion.
"Who does the PLO repre-
sent?" Peres asked. "The
majority of the Palestinians
live in Jordan. The PLO cer-
tainly doesn't talk for them.
And if it claims to talk for the
Palestinians on the West Bank
and Gaza, why should we not
talk to them directly?"
The Labor Party leader said
he would discuss his ideas pri-
vately with Yitzhak Shamir
before the prime minister tra-
vels to Washington in early
April. But he said he would not
discuss them openly or even
present them to the Cabinet
until Shamir returns home.
"I want Shamir to go to
Washington under the best
possible circumstances,"
Peres said. "If he can per-
suade the Americans to accept
the plan, well and good. If he
can persuade the Palestinians
to accept it, well and good."
Shamir refused to comment
on the rumored Peres plan,
Continued on Page 10
By
ANDREW SILOW CARROLL
NEW YORK (JTA) An
attack by ultra-Orthodox men
on a women's prayer group at
the Western Wall in Jerusalem
has angered some American
Jewish groups and convinced
them of the need to promote
religious pluralism in Israel.
The incident occurred when
ultra-Orthodox men tried to
prevent some 60 women from
holding a prayer service at the
Western Wall, Judaism's holi-
est site. Police lobbed tear gas
to disperse the protesters, who
had begun to hurl metal chairs
at the women, injuring one of
them.
Although accounts of the
incident vary, the women were
said to have eschewed the car-
rying of a Torah or the don-
ning of prayer shawls, at the
request of Rabbi Meir Yehuda
Getz, the Religious Affairs
Ministry official in charge of
the Wall. The ultra-Orthodox
consider both acts to be defile-
ment when performed by
women.
Among those groups pro-
testing the violence were the
American Jewish Committee,
American Jewish Congress,
Americans for Progressive
Israel and the Orthodox Rab-
binical Council of America.
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Friday, April 7, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of Greater Fort Lauderdale Page 9

Rare Haggadah
By ELLEN ANN STEIN
Jewish Floridian Staff Writer
"... In these matters
take no notice of the
words of any man, for it
is the foundation of our
faith that God created the
universe from nothing,
that time did not exist
before, because it depends
on the motion of the
sphere and that too was
created."
Maimonides,
The Guide to the PerpUmd"
ARNO Penzias knows that
lote by Maimonides (The
ambam) as well as he knows
ie source of radio waves from
jter space. Penzias is a Jew-
h Nobel Prize-winning scien-
st who has climbed the pres-
gious ladder to become vice
resident for research at
T&T Bell Laboratories.
Penzias discussed his first
|ook, "Ideas and Information:
anaging in a High Tech
|VorlcT (Norton) with The Jew-
h Floridian, and also shared
|ome of his religious beliefs.
As a scientist examining the
los mo logical picture, Penzias
nd another colleague at Bell
iscovered radiation from
uter space, a source which
as identified as leftover heat
om the explosive origin of
he universe, the so-called
Big Bang."
"Did you expect 5,000
ears," Penzias says in answer
biblical scholar views that
(ie earth was created just over
ve milleniums ago.
Penzias talks more in terms
f 18 billion years.
"IF you look at the universe,
nd almost everyone agrees,
he big issue is that whenever
ou look in space you find all
he galaxies were next to each
ther 18 billion years ago, and
that instant they were given
nough energy to fly apart,
nd that's called the 'Big
ang.'
"That theory was called the
ig Bang as a perjorative
ame, because for scientists
ho did not want to believe in
created universe the notion
hat it was created in one
stant was abhorrent. So the
niverse created out of noth-
ig fits Maimonides very well.
Maimonides) says matter,
ime, space were created out
f nothing."
But Penzias' religious beliefs
side, the scientist is focusing
n the here and now, and
ertainly the future. He sees
eyond telephone communica-
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the job market will adapt.
"I see jobs that are now
secretarial and clerical being
upgraded, just as the person
who used to dig ditches (now)
operates a backhoe. I see com-
puters doing for our minds
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reaching power of our mus-
cles. Computers extend reach-
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probably have more copper
pennies in their pockets
because of the development of
fiber optic equipment that
allows phone calls to be
beamed throughout the world
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ter of a human hair.
These developments have
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efficient, and more productive,
so there will be a bigger pie."
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JNF Honors Dantzkers
Honorable Ben and Ruth
Dantzker will receive the Com-
munity Leadership Award
from the Jewish National
Fund of Broward and Palm
Beach counties at a luncheon
in their honor, on Sunday,
April 9, 10:30 a.m. at the
Inverrary A Club Resort.
Members of the community
are invited to participate in a
"Scroll of Honor" which will
be presented to the Dantzkers
at the luncheon. Levels of par-
ticipation are as follows:
Parkland, $25,000 (5,000
trees); Woodland, $10,000
(2,000 trees); Grove, $5,000
(1,000 trees); Orchard, $1,500
(300 trees); and Garden, $500
(100 trees).
Chairman for the luncheon is
Libo Fineberg, Esq. Honorary
Chairpersons are Samuel and
Helene Soref. The Host Com-
Ramada
Renaissance
Renewal
The five-star Ramada
Renaissance Hotel in Jeru-
salem, Israel's largest hotel
complex, is in the final
stages of a major expansion
project, the Grand Ballroom
Center. When completed in
late autumn of this year, the
Center will accommodate
up to 1,000 people in a
single room in five-star ban-
quet comfort, creating the
largest such facility in the
Middle East.
Recently, the Renaissance
Hotel's 250-room addition,
the Royal, opened. The com-
plex now consists of 650
rooms, including luxurious
suites. The temporary con-
nection between the two
towers is soon to be replac-
ed by a lobby expansion.
The spacious lobbies feature
a variety of restaurants and
dining rooms, shopping
facilities and a beauty par-
lor. The hotel also boasts an
outdoor swimming pool and
tennis courts, and an indoor
health club featuring a
heated pool, fully equipped
Nautilus room, gym, sauna,
steam room and jaccuzi.
Area Deaths
LIPPMAN
Lenore Toni, a resident of Sunrise, was
the mother of Kim Cheli and the sister of
Martin and Burt Lippman. Services were
held March 22.
BERNSTEIN
Anna, a resident of Sunrise, died at the
age of 93. Services were in New York,
with arrangements handled by Levitt-
Weinstein.
SHERMAN
Melvin, past president of Ner Talmud
Congregation, died March 24, at the age
of 89. A resident of Fort Lauderdale, he
was also a past president of the Men's
Club of Ner Talmud and a member of the
Covenant Club. Twin Orchards Country
Club, Zionist Organization and the Inter-
State Commerce Groups. He is survived
by his wife, Lillian; daughters, Shirlee
(Harry) Abraham and Barbara (Paul)
Smithson; sister, Florence Hattis; grand-
children, Jacquelyn Stone, Jeffrey Har-
ri, Gary Smithson, Shelley Heavenrich,
Arian Singh Khalsa and David Smithson;
and great-grandchildren of Bradley,
Andrew, Jason, Peggy, Daniel, Karen
and Hargobkind Khalsa. Graveside ser-
vices were in Chicago, Illinois; local
arrangements were by Levitt-Weinstein.
HONIG
Mack, of Coral Springs, died at the age of
81. Services were held in New York, with
arrangements handled by Levitt-Wein-
stein.
Proposed Entity?
Continued from Page 8
which was disclosed by the
respected Hebrew daily
Ha'aretz. But he said that the
national unity government
must not be allowed to col-
lapse.
According to the Ha'aretz
story, the peace plan was
drawn up by Peres and a
"think tank" led by reserve
Brig. Gen. Ephraim Sneh, for-
mer head of the civil adminis-
tration in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip. The story said it
would be made public next
month, after Shamir returns
from his talks with President
Bush in Washington.
Sneh, speaking from Geneva
in an interview with Israeli
army radio, denied that there
was a detailed alternative plan
to the one Shamir will bring to
the United States. But he
spoke of some new "ideas."
The basis of those ideas, he
said, is the assumption that
Shamir's visit will be a failure.
The story came amid a bar-
rage of advice being leveled at
Shamir by politicians from all
shades of the political spec-
trum, as the premier prepared
for the U.S. trip.
Unemployment at Peak
TEL AVIV (JTA) Israel's unemployment rate rose
sharply over the first two months of this year, reaching a
two-and-a-half year high of around eight percent of the
work force.
The last time unemployment peaked at this level was in
June 1986.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits,
seasonally adjusted, reached 33,000 on average for the first
two months of 1989, up from the 32,400 monthly average
for the last quarter of 1988.
mittee is comprised of many
leaders and political figures in
the community.
Ben, who served as Presi-
dent of the JNF of Broward
and Palm beach Counties from
1985-1987, and Ruth have
shown great support and dedi-
cation to the State of Israel
throughout their lives. Funds
raised at the luncheon in their
honor will be used to create a
forest of 20,000 trees in Israel
to help replant and the devas-
tated areas destroyed by
arsonists again enhancing the
quality of life and contributing
to the security of Eretz Yis-
rael.
Information and reserva-
tions, contact the JNF of
Broward and Palm Beach
counties at: Broward, 305/572-
2593; Boca Raton, 407//391-
1806; and Palm Beach 407/
684-2442.
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WJC: Reassess
Jackson-Vanik
Friday, April 7, 1989/The Jewish Floridian of Greater Fort Lauderdale Page 11
Haig Negative on PLO Talks
By SUSAN BIBNBAUM
NEW YORK (JTA) It is
time for the United States to
re-evaluate its restrictions on
trade with the Soviet Union, in
light of profound changes
instituted by Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev, the presi-
dent of the World Jewish Con-
gress said.
Speaking in Philadelphia to
the World Affairs Council,
Edgar Bronfman said the U.S.
government should consider
waiving such restrictions
under the Jackson-Vanik
Amendment, which links the
granting of most-favored-
nation trade status to freedom
of emigration for Jews and
other minorities.
His remarks, which were
reported by the WJC office
here, are the latest indication
that the American Jewish com-
munity will soon drop its oppo-
sition to waiving the 1975
amendment's restrictions.
Sources in the community
believe such a policy change
will occur by June.
Bronfman said his recom-
mendations were based on
analyses undertaken with
members of the East-West
Forum, an international
organization of policy-makers
and scholars he convened
three years ago to arrive at the
best management possible of
East-West relations.
"The Soviets have gone far
toward answering the prob-
lems that led the U.S. to put
the Jackson-Vanik Amend-
ment into law," said Bronf-
man. "This sea change calls
for an energetic and imagina-
tive Western response."
"Should the Soviets con-
tinue on their current path,"
Bronfman reasoned, "the
United States administration
should review Jackson-Vanik
restrictions, which prohibit
most-favored-nation status on
tariff issues to any non-market
economy country that restricts
emigration."
Sources now say they believe
the National Jewish Commun-
ity Relations Advisory Coun-
cil, as well as the WJC, will
probably ask for the waiver in
or around June.
NJCRAC is believed to have
decided on an 18-month waiver
in a closed-door vote, at its
annual plenum last month in
Washington.
NJCRAC officials refused to
verify this at the time, but
there were reports to that
effect in the Long Island Jew-
ish World and Congressional
Quarterly.
Dr. Lawrence Rubin, associ-
ate executive vice chairman of
NJCRAC, confirmed that the
umbrella group had held a full
discussion on Jackson-Vanik
during the February conclave.
"A consensus did emerge
which will be articulated
within the process of the
National Conference on Soviet
Jewry at its executive commit-
tee meeting in June," Rubin
said.
The National Conference
released a statement affirming
that the organization is contin-
uing to reassess its policy on
the Jackson-Vanik Amend-
ment.
The statement was released
by Shoshana Cardin, confer-
ence chairwoman, who was
attending an executive com-
mittee meeting of the World
Conference on Soviet Jewry in
Jerusalem.
At the NJCRAC plenum in
February, Cardin had argued
against waiving the amend-
ment, cautioning against
"unjustified euphoria over
Soviet changes.
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -
Former Secretary of State
Alexander Haig Jr. said that
the U.S. decision to open a
dialogue with the Palestine
Liberation Organizations "was
a mistake" that diverts atten-
tions from the real effort to
achieve peace in the Middle
East.
"It reiterated the PLO's
claim to be the only Palestin-
ian address and suggested to
Israel that the United States
ultimately favors a Palestinian
state," Haig said at a luncheon
of the International Presi-
dent's club of the State of
Israel Bonds Organization.
Some 400 Israel Bonds lead-
ers from the United States,
Canada, Europe, Latin Amer-
ica and Israel were in Wash-
ington for a two-day celebra-
tion of the 10th anniversary of
the signing of the Israeli-
Egyptian peace treaty.
The event included recep-
tions on Capitol Hill and at the
Israeli Embassy, as well as a
closed-door briefing by Secret-
ary of State James Baker.
Haig said that President
Bush has repeatedly asserted
U.S. opposition to a Palestin-
ian state. "Washington should
make sure that its pronounce-
ments reflect its policies and
do not build up misconceptions
MERCAZ Council Meeting
MERCAZ, the United States Zionist organization for Conser-
vative/Masorti Judaism, will hold its all-day, annual general
council meeting Sunday, April 9, at the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America (JTS).
Dr. Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of JTS, will highlight the
program with a speech expected to impact the thrust of current
thinking on the issue of ''Who is a Jew."
on either side of the dialogue,"
he said.
He said that having PLO
leader Yasir Arafat in the
peace process is like the man
who comes to a dinner dressed
in a tuxedo and carrying a
brown paper bag. "He wants a
seat at the peace table, but
somehow you suspect he is
bringing something that isn't
quite kosher," Haig said.
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Shin Bet Uncovers
Terrorist Ring
Palestinians Deny Shamir Meetings
By GIL SEDAN
JERUSALEM (JTA) -
Security forces scored one of
their most impressive achieve-
ments in recent years when
they uncovered a large terror-
ist ring that has been active for
at least five years in the Jeru-
salem area.
In a meticulous investiga-
tion, police and agents of the
Shin Bet internal security ser-
vice uncovered the ring, which
reportedly was operated by
the Popular Front of the Lib-
eration of Palestine, a Marxist
group led by Dr. George
Habash.
More than 40 suspects have
been detained, suspected of
throwing Molotov cocktails,
setting cars on fire and attack-
ing Arabs who allegedly collab-
orated with Israeli authorities.
The terrorists, all residents of
East Jerusalem, are believed
to be linked to a number of yet
unresolved terrorist attacks.
Some of the groups' mem-
berg were among those
released from Israeli jails in
the controversial 1985 pris-
oner exchange, in which 1,150
terrorists were released from
Israeli prisons in exchange for
three Israeli soldiers being
held captive by terrorist
groups in Lebanon.
Altogether, the cell is linked
to 50 terrorists attacks in the
past five years, among them
firebomb attacks on the Brit-
ish and American consulates in
East Jerusalem.
Police described the cell as
"professional, way beyond
other terrorists who operated
in the area in the last few
years."
Many of its members were
trained in Arab countries.
They operated on a near-
perfect system of individual
cells, in which members of one
cell were not aware of the
identities or activities of those
in other cells.
Members of the cells report-
edly received their instruc-
tions in radio broadcasts and
written messages from
Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, above,
president of Hebrew Union Col-
lege-Jewish Institute of Reli-
gion, is the author of the
recently updated "To Learn
and to Teach: Your Life as a
rabbi," which has been distri-
buted to synagogues, Hillel
Foundations, libraries, profes-
sors of religious studies and
alumni of HUCJIR. The book
provides an in-depth analysis
for young people of the areas of
service open to today's rabbis.
abroad. The cell members
were described as educated
and young between the ages
of 16 and 25.
Their arrest has had an
immediate effect on the level
of violence in the Jerusalem
area, which has since dropped
by two-thirds, according to
Yosef Yehudai, Jerusalem
police commander.
TEL AVIV (JTA) Several
major Palestinian leaders in
the administered territories
have denied reports that they
had met recently with Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir, the
daily newspaper Ha'aretz dis-
closed.
Aides to the Likud leader
have reported that Shamir has
been meeting recently with
several prominent Palestini-
ans in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip. But almost all of the
Palestinians mentioned in
those reports have denied that
any meetings took place.
Bethlehem Mayor Elias
Freij said that he had last met
with Shamir in December
1986. Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, a
philosopher who lives in East
Jerusalem, also vehemently
denied reports that he had
participated in such meetings.
Nusseibeh said he had spo-
ken by phone with Faisal al-
Husseini, who said that neither
he nor colleague Hanna Sin-
iora had met with Shamir.
Husseini heads the Arab Stud-
ies Institute in East Jerusa-
lem, and Siniora is editor of
the East Jerusalem Arabic
newspaper Al-Fajr. Both are
abroad at present.
JNF to Recruit Ex-Soldiers
JERUSALEM (JTA) -
Israeli soldiers who have just
completed their military ser-
vice will soon have a novel way
of earning money to finance a
trip abroad, while still engag-
ing in active Zionism.
The Jewish National Fund
plans to employ demobilized
Jewish youth in temporary for-
estry work starting this sum-
mer.
Natan Sas, head of the
JNF's Central Region Fores-
try Department, told the Jew-
ish Telegraphic Agency re-
cently that the young ex-
soldiers will work mainly in
fire prevention clearing fire
breaks and spraying the edges
of wooded areas to deter the
growth of wild grasses that
help spread fires as well as
pruning trees and planting
saplings.
According to Sas, "More and
more Jews are showing an
interest in forestry," whereas,
until recently, the JNF work
force was almost solidly Arab.
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