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CLINTON, BUSH, PEROT' DEBATE JEWISH ISSUES ZOA FORUM WITH STAND-INS ADDRESSES 'A NOTICEABLE HOLE'
Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: FISHKOFF, SUE
Date: Oct 22, 1992
Start Page: 12
Section: News
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Dr. Michael Welner, associate professor at New York University Medical Center and New York State spokesman for the Ross Perot campaign, tried to lay out Perot's Israel position, which has been an unknown factor. Stressing that "Israel is the cornerstone of Ross Perot's Mideast policy," Welner pointed out that Perot walks his own, independent middle ground, is not beholden to Arab oil interests "like Clinton and Bush," and is personal friends with both Ariel Sharon and Teddy Kollek.

On the peace negotiations, Welner stated that Perot has "long recognized Syrian president Hafez Assad's temperament as an aggressive expansionist," and asked where Iraq and Iran are during these negotiations. Perot has not taken any stand on border issues, Welner said, "because he does not have a close enough geographic knowledge of the area, and I don't think it's his prerogative to do so." Perot has no stand on the status of Jerusalem or on settlement in the territories.

[David Luchins] and Welner hammered [Jacob Stein] repeatedly about Bush's and Baker's tie-in with Arab oil interests. Luchins pointed out that Bush was "the first American president to talk about Jerusalem as Palestinian territory," which Stein countered by stating Bush has since come out publicly for an undivided Jerusalem.

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