Don't Lose Sight of Goal, Jews, Arabs Urge Here

By Victor Volland Of the Post-Dispatch | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), March 5, 1996 | Go to article overview

Don't Lose Sight of Goal, Jews, Arabs Urge Here


Victor Volland Of the Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Grief and outrage greeted the news here Monday of the latest terrorist attack in Israel. But there also was a determination not to let the attackers achieve their apparent aim of destroying the Arab-Israeli peace process.

"Israel and the American Jewish community remain committed to the peace process, but these attacks will certainly slow down that process," said Joel K. Goldstein, president of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

An underlying security must be re-established for the talks to move forward again, he said. And Yasser Arafat, who heads the Palestinian Authority, must guarantee the security by rooting out and punishing the Palestinian extremists responsible for the attacks, Goldstein said.

Robert Cohn, editor of the St. Louis Jewish Light, said the situation was a national emergency for Israel similar to the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and Iraq's SCUD missile attacks on Israel during the Persian Gulf War of 1991.

"It was wise and appropriate for (Israeli Prime Minister Shimon) Peres to suspend peace talks," even the talks with Syria in Maryland, but terminating them "would be playing into the hands of those who perpetrated these atrocities," Cohn said.

The terrorist attacks, Cohn added, "underscore the need for a long-range and lasting political settlement" in the Middle East. He said he was encouraged by a demonstration Monday by Palestinians in Gaza against the attacks. …

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