MONTREAL (Sep. 1)
Leon Dulzin, chairman of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization Executives, said here that “in the not too distant future Israel will totally withdraw from Lebanon, letting Syria stay there.” In Dulzin’s opinion, this would constitute a basis for a long-range agreement between Syria and Israel.
He told the Zionist Organization of Canada that “there is no future for Lebanon as a state.” He said that the war in Lebanon “was a most difficult but also a very important one for Israel and that, with the exception of Syria and Libya, all Arab states are willing to start a dialogue with Israel.”
The Zionist leader stressed “the honeymoon” relationship Israel enjoys today with the U.S. following the Reagan Administration’s terrible disappointment with the so-called moderate Arab states whose words and promises have proved un-unreliable in the quest for Mideast peace.
Regarding the solution of the Palestinian problem, Dulzin said “there will never be another new Arab state in the region.” Peace in the region will be achieved only through negotiations between Israel and Jordan, not between Israel and the Palestinians.
On other matters, Dulzin forecast a government of national unity in Israel whose primary objective will be to deal with the thorny issues of the standard of living which has been hard hit by rampant inflation, with the intensification of immigration from the diaspora and with Jewish education around the world. It was decided by the Zionist Organization of Canada that a number of scholarships be awarded to Canadians studying in Israel.