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Paoe 4, HERITAGE Flerlda Jewish News, March 28, 1080 Editor&apos;s Desk ' J, Oono fJtar- --direr & lubUsher , -   Rumors from Washzngton ... and Passover Memories Rumors are flying that there may be a "deal" made in Washington when Israeli Prime Minister Begin comes to visit President Carter regarding the future of the peace talks with Egypt. It is being said that for "some major concessions that Israel wants badly," including the extension of the peace talks past the end of the May "deadline" and a relaxation of pressures on Israel regarding West Bank settlements, Begin will return to the U.S. in the fall to make speeches that will be interpreted as expressions of support for Carter's reelection. We think this is nothing but election garbage, but we've smelled worse. Begin himself may be in the midst of election throes by then, and although Carter's standing among the Jewish voters is almost nil, we feel he won't jeopardize his administration's increased standing among the oil-producing Arab states. Instead we look to Carter to make a grandstand attempt to regain favor among U.S. voters after Begin and Anwar Sadat of Egypt have had their little talks expected sometime next month. Ostensibly, Carter will try to prolong the peace process by prodding the two leaders into showing signs of concession, but we hear there is an even more dramatic purpose for the visits. Little publicized is an invitation to King Hussein of Jordan to visit the White House.-Should Carter achieve some success with the Israeli and Egyptian leaders, he will push for some acknow- ledgement or acceptance from King Hussein for governmental leaders, including our what has become-of political integrity common sense, that we can't help but q . .- a single over-zealous or l'"i , -- won't suddenly explode into another '  But we are most concerned ,, -.'- :,, ', .. ',1! ,' !" lack of concern among others. It 1 worriers who are content to let the tMlC I tot )_  action rest with someone else. "   We look for a leader, but would we the peace process, thus capping another milestone in mid-East diplomacy. "'Next year in Jerusalem" can now be "this year in Jerusalem," and it is even possible to return to Egypt, from whence we came, to celebrate Passover. History moves so rapidly that in our own lifetime we are able to see this reversal of events that makes it all possible. But for how long? We read the headlines in the papers, become unnerved by so many foolish actions of so-called Passover is a family holiday. No other Jewish occasion brings friends together as does the Passover a festival of remembrance of Jewish Egypt, and of being led from the o the Pharoahs to the Promised Land. It is a holiday for young and old the nostalgia of Seders of the past. My earliest recollections as a child own family Seders, the search for the Matzoh and the elation of finding it. /cashes always gave me stage fright. remember how proud I was to have kiddush for the first time at our We all must have such happy time, a festival, and it was when, even after our family grew up separate ways, we would still come to spend Pesach around the family And it's that time again. It's time to forget politics and It's time to remember why "this different from all others" and retell the our young, so they, too, can have onl memories of Passover. The Political Scene Ronald Reagan: U.S. Commitment to Israel '2-Way What is Ronald Reagan's approach to Israel? Just before the Georgia primary, Ruth Katz of Atlanta's Southern Israelite asked him. In granting her just one of only two private interviews, she wrote, it was clear that Reagan wanted to get his message to the Jewish community. Here are excerpts from that interview: Katz--One of the primary iss nght now seems to be in terms of foreign policy and the recent vote and recant on the U.N. question of settlements in the so<ailed West Bank and the right of Jewish people to live in any part of Israel. I wclered what your feeling was on that su00ec00 Reagen--Well, first of all, I think what we did was a fiasco ing stock of the world and I think it's typical in too many instances of our foreign policy where no one seems to be in charge As for Israel, I believe firmly the United States has a moral commitment to the continued existence of Israel and I think ifs not just charity on our part--that it's a two-way street, that Israel is the one stable democracy there with a combat trained and even com- bat experienced military that stands as a deterrent to further adventurisrn by the Soviet Union. So, I just think it is a shame and whoever has tried tp,e the blame or not. it just shouldn't happen in a counO'y like ours. Whatever the misunder- standing was, it just endan- gered all that had been gained tions with Israel and the seeking of peace in the Middle East and I can understand Israel's position there. The west Bank has been deliberately left. You know there was no mention of 242, the U.N. resolution about the West Bank, but it has been left there because for Israel to allow a country that might possibly be hostile such as a Palestinian State on the West Bank is to literally put Israel within artillery range of such a hostile force and I think there has to bea better solutionthan that. Katz--I found a quote from you where you maintain that there should be no more aban- donment of friends by the United States of American and clearly Israel has been a friend of America... Reagan--That's right. Katz--and America has been Israel's best friend so how can we balance our need for oil with our commitment to Israel, Reagan--We have more oil yet to be found right here in our own country than we've so far used. Alaska alone has a potential that the U.S. Geological Survey says can match Saudi Arabia and yet, our government, this admin- istration, has taken 250,000 square miles of Alaska and sequestered it into a preserve and won't let anyone even take a look at it tosee if there's any oil there. And, you know, if we have all these pleas for us to conserve--if we all stopped driving entirely--we can't stop our industry and so forth; we're not going to free the Soviet Union now 300 miles from Straits of Hormuz, this is like playing Russian roulette and, with the Russians. They're holding the cards. Katz--Let me ask you another question--what do you see in terms of the rela- tionship between the Palestin- ians and the PLO? Reagan--Well, the Pales- tinian area largegroup of refu- gees. They are not just people who were kicked out of Israel because as a matter of fact Israel didn't try to kick anyone out when it became a nation. They fled mainly because they were told that the other Arab States were going to drive the Israe/is into the sea and then they would be killed as traitors for living there. But, the PLO is a self-anointed terrorist group which claims to be the spokes- man for all the Palestinians. No one knows that that's true, no one's ever held an election to see if it is true and therefore I think there has to be a solution to the Palestinian problem but I don't think that that solution depends entirely on Israel. There never was a Palestine nation, there was a Palestine area and it was a mandate under the British and when the British set out to make a nation the British created Jordan with 80 percent of what had been called Palestine. Israel is only 20 percent of what is called Palestine. Well, wouldn't at indicate then that the Palestinian problem is 80 percent Jordan's and. 20 ourselves frq percent Israel's and i thinkthat not going tof,e ourselves by  a is very sound that neither we that--we'll free ourselves nor the Israelis negotiate:with when we start producing so the PLO because how do you much that we can reduce our negotiate when you are need from them. And to be Ikingdwnaterrdst'sgun" an , .. ,c[., :e:. %qh,- ,so, far,with regr,d, tq  elp- , thalt ,del4eftt,on tberp, with., es Ions as ]he PLO says that , :.  ..,,/,.,. ',: ' .... they are determined that Israel must die, then there is no way you negotiate with them and I have often wondered if we could spread from Egypt and get other Arab states to come along and to follow Egypt's lead and then all of them take up the problem of the refugees. I think the solution could be so simple and that would be allowing them a choice and many of them, I don't think that they are so particularly sold on having a State. Many of them might want to go to other Arab countries. They speak the language, they are Arabic, the religion is the same, and you could solve a large part'of their problem in that way then deal with the PLO as you deal with any other terrorist group. Are they going to be willing to put down their guns and be girls or are on doinc wonderwhat that we to our enernie guy to our Reac utely right.. what has alarmed so friends and Our friends look at that LI,I right now that investigate them is is from Syria. the Shah their worst human rightS are being and Syria going to judg e Influencing 21,000 Jewish readers each wee Orlando, Daytona Beach and Florida. Published by Heritage Central Florida, Inc., 207 O'Brien Rd., Fern Park, Fla. 2nd cla at Fern Park and other mailing offices. Subscflptions: $1 !.00 per calendar i (I.O0 more to the rest of the U.S.) thereafter. /lllng Address: P.O. Box 742. Fern Park, FI, GEffE EDITORIAL: Assodate Editor, Barbara Contributing Editor, Tinker Sale. 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