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February 23, 1962 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1962-02-23

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By HARVEY ZUCKERBERG
Yosef Almogi, member with-
out portfolio of Israel's cabinet,
is—as his title implies—a trou-
ble-shooter.
The labor leader, mentioned
as possible successor to Prime
Minister David Ben-Gurion, was
here Sunday to spark Detroit's
Histadrut Campaign. On Mon-
day he had returned to Israel
to support his Mapai Party in
the face of crisis. He will be
back in the United States next
week to help Histadrut in
other cities.
Almogi commented on those
things with which he is intimate
at a news conference on Sun-
day. His sphere of influence
_ embraces a myriad of govern-
ment interests. He sees no real
threat in three sore spots fore-
most in Israel today — the de-
valuation of the pound, trade
relations with the European
Common Market and military
rule along Israel's Arab-popu-
lated borders.
"I'm not sure we will join
the Common Market as a full
partner," said Almogi. "But
there are good hopes to ne-
gotiate for a settlement . . .
for a certain degree of rela-
tionships." •
Almogi said that prices in
Israel already are stabilized
since the pound was devaluated
last week. Two more crucial
weeks remain, however, during
which Israelis must tighten
their belts. The rate, which was
1.8 pounds to the dollar, is now
three pounds to the $1.
Almogi pointed 'out that the
United States is the only major
power in the world which has
never devaluated its currency
in order to boost economy.
"Britain has devaluated her
currency twice," he said, "so
we are in good company."
Almogi cited the advant-
ages of the move: "We now
have only one rate for the
dollar, as compared to vari-
ous rates previously. We also
expect • to be able to export
more goods as a result of the
devaluation and it should
strengthen our credit in in-
ternational banks. All these
things may bring us toward
international independence.
"Of course, devaluation gen-
erally hurts the people first in
the short term. But they will
have a better economy in the
long run. The first few weeks
of adjustment are the worst.
The people will have to tighten
their belts. The nation must
make some exertions."
The crisis Almogi helped to
meet this week were two votes
of confidence. If the Mapai-led
government had not gained the
necessary majority of support,
it would have been forced to
resign.

One of the vote-of-confidence
sessions held this week was on
the devaluation of the pound.
The other involved military rule
along Arab border-areas within
Israel's boundaries.
Achdut Avodah, a coalition
party, had retained the right
to vote against the govern-
ment on the issue, despite the
fact that a delegation of
Israeli Arabs had reached
agreement with Prime Minis-
ter Ben-Gurion that some bor-
der restrictions are necessary.
Ben-Gurion pr omised an
easing of control on these
frontiers, but Achdut Avodah
is in favor of complete aboli-
tion of military rule, charging
that it places Israel's Arabs
in a position of second class
citizenship.
Israel's present coalition gov-
ernment, a narrow one of 68'
votes out of 120, is bound by
the regulation that each of its
constituent parties may not vote
against the government. Achdut
Avodah was given the right to
break this pledge on the mili-
tary border rule issue when her
support was first enlisted to
form the coalition.
Almogi, who recognizes that
the Arabs are content with the
situation, sees Achdut Avodah'
obstinance as a political meas
ure. He predicted Sunday that
the vote of confidence on the
matter, with Achdut Avodah
voting against the government,
could be tallied at a dangerous
margin.

At the next elections, ex-
plained Almogi, Achdut Avodah
will be able to point out to its
Arab supporters in Israel how
close the party came to victory
and will try to pick up the addi-
tional votes.
Almogi, former general sec-
retary of the Mapai Party and
a key man in the Histadrut
(Israel's Labor Federation),
of which he is an executive
member, is known as perhaps
the shrewdest and most
aggressive labor leader in
Israel.
He refused to verify his like-
lihood to succeed Ben-Gurion.
"There is an abundance of
`probable' successors to Prime
Minister Ben-Gurion," he said.
"In fact, Israel has so many
qualified leaders capable of
leading the country that we
could export a prime minister
for any country that needs one.
It is a commodity of which we
can export plenty."
Almogi screetl mitted his
name fro a lis
e suggests
might in de
ett.
Le Es 1, Mo
nd
A a E
lm
wa
gular
Gu , co ring him as the
"George W ington or Abra
ham Line of Israel." Said
Almogi:
"In his fetime, no one in
Israel is
pable of replacing
him. He
the product of the
century as far as Israel is con-
cerned."

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The news conference was end-
ed by a question from one of
the reporters on how Eichman
was doing.
"How is Eichmann?" repeated
Almogi with a shrug. "He is
eating and drinking and wait-
ing."
Almogi addressed a lara
gathering of Histadrut
paign volunteer work
Sun-
day morning at the L or Zion-
ist Institute. He wa elcomed
by Morris Lieberma chairman
of the campaign, an as in-
troduced by Harry
honorary chairman of the drive.
Almogi, who spoke in Eng-
lish and Yiddish, reviewed His-
tadrut accomplishments and de-
scribed the movement's pioneer-
ing work in creating the foun-
dation for the Jewish State.

Benjamin S. Rosenthal,
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NEW YORK — A 38-year-old
Democrat backed by President
Kennedy, Benjamin S. Rosen-
thal on Wednesday won a con-
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election here.
-up Re-
ican Thomas F. by
a vote of 16,032 to 15,839.
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