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Page 4, HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News. July 18. 1980 , C,DIIT, Platform had made no ed that they did not want to be mention of Jerusalem "cynical" about inserting a whatsoever since party leaders plank which they felt had very did not then want to little realistic chance of COMMEIYTAR embarrass President Gerald actually being implemented if Ford. (As a Congressman Reaganwinstheelection--an from Michigan, Ford had effort was undertaken to I Wolf l;zer called for the moving of the incorporate Reagan's own Embassy from Tel Aviv to words on Jerusalem into the Jerusalem, but never Platform. The Platforms and Jerusalem WASHINGTON -- In dealing with the explosive question of Jerusalem, Republican Platform drafters were considerably more honest than their Democratic counterparts. The Republicans, meeting in Detroit just prior to the opening of thor Presidential nominating convention, adapted a weak plank on Jerusalem, refusing even to endorse what their nominee, Ronald Reagan, had publicly said on several earlier occasions. The Democrats, on the other hand, last month inserted the strong statement supporting Jerusalem as Israel's capital which appeared in both the 1972 and 1976 Platforms. This remarkable move demonstrated a new level of political chutzpah since the Democrats have now been in office for more than three and one-half years, and they have not followed through on those eadier campaign pledges. How this sordid and cleady meaningless promise came about underlines the general disrespect in the Democratic Party for campaign rhetoric designed to placate influential interest groups in the United States -- in this case, American Jews. It confirms exactly what political cynics have long known: don't pay much attention to what candidates and their political parties promise. In Detroit, Republican Platform drafters were anxious to avoid what they (alled "the Joe Clark syndrome," a reference to the former Canadian Prime Minister whose campaign pledge to move the Canadian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was quickly repudiated in the face of stiff Arab, especially Saudi, pressure. But in their caution, the Republicans seem to have gone too far. They baffled pro- Israel supporters by refusing to accept language on Jerusalem which Reagan himself had earlier used. And this tended to confirm that some of Reagan's more "evenhanded" advisers -- those with less sympathy for Israel than the candidate himself -- were successfully competing for influence in the shaping of his policy. Thus, the Republicans inserted the following statement on Jerusalem. "Republicans believe that Jerusalem should remain undivided with continued, free, open and unimpeded accesto all religions and Holy Sites of all religions." Pro-Israel activists had unsuccessfully tried to get the Republican draft to go as far as the Democrats, whose Platform says: "As stated in the 1976 Platform, the Democratic Party recognizes and supports 'the established status of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, with free implemented that commit- ment after moving to the White House.) Indeed, the first draft of this year's Republican Platform similarly had no specific section on Jerusalem. Sensing a conspicuous vacuum, pro-Israel circles involved in the drafting process moved to changethat situation. Since the wording of the Democratic Platform was considered unrealistic -- Republican in']ders maintain- access to all its Holy Places provided to all faiths.' As a symbol of this stand, the U.S. Embassy should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem." The 1976 Republican The former California Governor, on several occasions in recent months, has taken the position that Jerusalem should remain united "under Israeli sovereignty." He has never actually promised to move the U.S. embassy, but his publicly- stated position was still very much appreciated by Israeli leaders. The last time Reagan made that commitment about Israeli "sovereignty" throughout the city was during an interview with the American Jewish Press Association in June. The first time Reagan made that specific pledge was in mid-March at a meeting with Jewish leaders in New York City organized by Albert A. Spiegel of Los Angeles, who, together with Ted Cummings of Los Angeles, are the two dosest Jews to Reagan. As reported by William Satire in The New York Times on March 24, Reagan told the gathering: "1 mean that the sovereignty is Israel's. An undivided city of Jerusalem means sovereignty for Israel over that city." So why couldn't the Republican Platform go as far as Reagan? That's exactly what was so disturbing to Reagan backers in the Jewish community, who feared that the "other" side was beginning to increase their influence in the campaign. Regarding the Democratic plank on Jerusalem, senior White so blatantly go pledge which privately ridiculed. noted that the speak of "timing." words, he said, does not say embassy will be Secondly, he to the "c the Platform, though located in a section, was the White House for not moving the That sentence, strong urgings of National David Aaron, recognized that the cratic proceed with special sensitivity as a deep commitment delicate process of a wider peace for Is there people are pitics? While the have had a "better" Jerusalem, the dearly went further in the PLO. The pledge was to negotiate with, or the PLO "unless accepts Israel's right and UN Security Resolutions 242 and also long to all terrorism violence against The Republicans "any call for the PLO as not the Iongterm of the Palestinian imputation of organizations not yet acknowled( right of existence of Israel is wrong." U!Ehri.ij:!e!cced ! and the direction of action in us develop a sense 0 I-.  response to our growth has here. Informed, been rewarding as it would be able people who ask l to any committed Jew who questions and res sees hurt, sees needs and issues will drive us II I does what Jews have been direction. Federation Activity Continues doing for thousands of years, the key to FACTORY Dear Editor: slippage as a nation. 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