New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 9, 1983, Page 5

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February 09, 1983

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Peace worries Sharon report concerns Reagan aides WASHINGTON (AP) — The Reagan administration, surprised by the force of the Israeli report on the Beirut massacre, is concerned that it could paralyze the Jerusalem government and dim prospects for action on a Mideast peace plan. U.S. officials avoided making public statements on a special Israeli commission’s report that said Defense Minister Ariel Sharon was indirectly to blame for the slayings in Palestinian refugee camps last September and should resign. President Reagan set the course for silence by telling editorial writers Tuesday that the report was “an internal problem, and I just don’t think we should be commenting or injecting ourselves into that internal problem.” One official, who insisted on anonymity, said U.S. statements could cause Israelis to “circle the wagons” around Prime Minister Menachem Begin and help Sharon, a hero of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, “play a martyr’s role.” That could rally hard-line Israeli opponents of Reagan’s proposals for halting Jewish settlements and establishing Palestinian self-rule on land held by Israel since the 1967 Six Day war, the official said. Setting up Palestinian self-rule is part of the president Mideast peace package. The report was more negative, and more specific in its criticism of the Begin government, than had been expected here. But the commission’s findings dovetailed with the administration’s own statements earlier about Israeli involvement in the massacre. In the U.S. view, the judicial inquiry is likely to have a larger impact on Israeli policy — especially if Sharon resigns — than had been anticipated. While waiting for the dust to settle, and uncertain of the impact, these officials were concerned that the unprecedented dispute could paralyze the Begin government into inaction, both on Lebanon and on the overall Mideast peace negotiations. A State Department official, who talked only with the understanding that he not be identified, said the resignation of Sharon alone, while it might ease frictions with the United States, probably would not bring about a change in Israeli policies.Human rights offenders listed Bush prodding NATO allies LONDON (AP) — Urging the NATO allies to stand “shoulder to shoulder.” ice President George Bush arrived today in Britain, the last stop in a seven-nation European tour seeking support for U.S. nuclear policy. Anti-nuclear demonstrators planned a protest outside a hall where Bush was to speak, and leaders of the Church of England prepared for a meeting Thursday to discuss a possible alliance with Britain’s peace movement. “I’ve come to this great nation buoyed by the knowledge that the Western Alliance is strong and United and as determined as ever to protect our freedoms, our countries and our people,” Bush told reporters at Heathrow airport. “If we continue to stand .shoulder to shoulder, if we are unshaken in our resolve, we can succeed in reducing both nuclear tensions and nuclear weapons in Europe.” A Gallup Poll published in today’s London Daily Telegraph said nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said it would be a bad idea for Britain to scrap nuclear weapons without demanding similar reductions from the Soviets. But the same poll found a majority — 54 percent against 34 percent — opposed to the proposed deployment of U.S. cruise missiles here. Bush, who arrives from Paris, will meet with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Foreign Secretary’ Francis Pym. Both support U.S. arms policies, but have spoken recently of fall-back positions in case the Soviet Union persists in its rejection of the “zero option." During his 12-day trip to discuss arms policies with U.S. allies in Europe, Bush repeatedly has underscored his belief in the soundness of the zero option plan to free Europe of both Soviet and U.S. land-based intermediate range nuclear missiles. The proposal asks the Soviet Union to dismantle some 600 SS-series missiles aimed at Europe, in return for which the North Atlantic Treaty Organization would cancel plans to deploy 572 cruise and Pershing 2 missiles starting later this year. Mrs. Thatcher has said if the zero option is not possible, the West still must insist on a “balanced” solution. Short form filers 1040A one-stop service from H&R Block. Now you can have H&R Block prepare your 1040A short form while you wait An accurate and complete return ready to sign and mail when you walk out our door With over IOO changes in the tax laws and forms, including two new short forms and new deductions. H&R Block's 1040A one stop service can save you time and money. WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel’s relations with Arab residents in the occupied territories are causing significant human rights problems, which are bound to continue until there is a peace accord, a Reagan administration human rights report says. The report singled out Communist countries as among the worst abusers of human rights. It said the Soviet Union “continues to fall far short of accepted international standards,” and was especially critical of its practices    in Afghanistan. Frustrated by their inability to suppress the stubborn resistance, Soviet troops and Moscow-backed Afghan forces had begun “increasingly to target and kill the civilian populace” in areas of high rebel activity, the report said. Prepared by the State Department, the annual report on the status of human rights in 162 countries showed political repression continued on a broad scale throughout the world in 1982. Considerable attention is focused on the human rights practices in Israel and other nations that receive substantial amounts of American aid. Israel received nearly $2.5 billion in U.S. aid for 1983, more than any other nation. Within its own borders, Israel receives high marks. The report said Israel is “a parliamentary democracy which guarantees by law and respects in practice the civil, political and religious rights of its citizens.” But it is in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Caza Strip where problems arise. The report found that “some Israeli actions — particularly the dismissal of public officials — helped to spark violent public disturbances in the West Bank and Gaza” during the first half of the year. The administration has been pressing Israel to surrender control over the occupied territories, seized during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. The report said that after 15 years of occupation there is “an atmosphere of constant tension.” 10-years-service SALE! WE’LL CLEAN YOUR CARPETS IN ’83 FOR WHAT WE CHARGED IN ’73. We've been cleaning carpets in the New Braunfels area tor ten years. Our "thank you tor your business" is a rollback in cleaning charges to our per-square-foot-price on the day Terry's opened tor business! (Otter good thru Feb. 28. 1983) CALL FOR FREE ESTIMATE 629-1332    1630    Highway    81    W Th* new tax laws. H&R BLOCK This year’s number one reason to go to H&R Hock. 142 N. CASTELL OPEN 9-6 WEEKDAYS 9-5 SAT. 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