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May 28, 1965 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1965-05-28

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B-G Willing to Head Alignment List Joint Israeli-Western Efforts
of He's Designated for Premiership; Proposed at Bnai Brith Parley
(Continued from Page 1)
dence of Israeli and American
Peres, Almogi Quit Cabinet Posts
solidarity of the world Jewish com- Jewry. She said a crossroads was

Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
announced here that he would be
willing to head the Mapai-Ahdut
Avodah election list for the next
Knesset if he would be thus des-
ignated as the alignment's candi-
date for prime minister, and if
Mapai would formally ask him to
head its list.
He made that statement to a
meeting of the Mapai minority
which is opposing Prime Minister
Levi Eshkol. However, Ben-Gurion
reiterated his objections to the
Mapai-Ahdut alignment, and said
he would not accept a candidacy
on the alignment election list for
the Histadrut, Israel's federation
of labor.
Ben-Gurion was absent last week
from ceremonies in Haifa, when
Mapai and Andut Avodah signed
their alignment agreement.)
Mapai's central office lost no
time to issue a statement declaring
that only its central committee
and the members of its faction
in parliament were authorized to
make up the election list and to
decide who is to be the candidate
for premier. In speeches Sunday,
Ahdut Avodah, emphasized that
the head of the election list—which
would mean designation for the
premiership—should go to Eshkol.
At the cabinet's regular,
weekly meeting, Premier Eshkol
formally announced the resigna.
tions from the government of
Deputy Defense Minister Shimon
Peres and Joseph Almogi, minis-
ter of housing and development,
who quit last week in support of
Eshkol also announced, and the
cabinet approved, the naming of
Chaim Zadok as minister for trade
and industry. That post had been
held by Pinhas Sapir, who is min-
ister of finance.
Zvi Dinstein, controller of for-
eign exchange, was appointed
Wednesday a special adviser to the
Ministry of Defense, a post in
which he was expected to assume
most of the duties handled by
A cabinet replacement for Al-
mogi has not yet been decided
Premier Eshkol, reportedly tried
to persuade Peres not to resign,
but the deputy defense minister,
after lengthy talks with leaders
of the Ben-Gm-ion opposition fac-
tion in Mapai, decided to quit. He
met with top officials of the de-
fense ministry and said that after
18 years of service in the security
field, he was "compelled" to
resign because of "recent develop-
ments" within the Mapai Party.
He said he was doing so with re-
gret and deep sorrow.
Almogi said in his resignation
letter that he resigned in
response to the Premier's chal-
lenge "which left me no other
way but to tender my resignation."
He criticized the Premier's chal-
lenge as one that demands "con-
fession" and one which belittled
the positions of those who dis-
agreed with the Premier.
In a letter to the press last
week, Ben-Gurion had declared:
"I will not give my hand to an
alignment list which in my
opinion does not come to
strengthen the unity of Israeli
labor but contrarily, although I
believe many supporters of align-
ment want true union." Adding
that he had worked with Eshkol
for many years in Histadrut,
Israel's Labor Federation, the
Jewish Agency and the govern.
ment, he said he can only
praise his "efficient work" in
those areas.

6—Friday, May 28, 1965

"But," he continued, "it be-
came clear to me, to my regret,
that he lacks the essential qualities
required for the responsible post
of Premier. His • qualities do not
coincide with the position of
premiership. Members thinking
otherwise may act as they wish.
There is no obligation to place me
at the head of the party's election
list and I shall not be placed at
the head or end of a list which,
in my belief, does not fit the needs
of the state of Israel."
The sharp tone of the letter,
which surprised his followers, was
regarded as a setback for the Ben-
Gurion faction, as was the attend-
ance at the ceremony of the Mapai-
Ahdut alignment signing of Haifa,
Mayor Abba Khoushy, who is a
Ben-Gurion supporter and who
endorsed the idea of a Mapai elec-
tion list headed by Ben-Gurion.
Both Davar, the organ of the
Histadrut, and Lamerhav, the
newspaper of Ahdut Avodah, wel-
comed the alignment and called
on the leftist Mapam, which is
not in the present coalition gov-
ernment, to join the alignment.
The newspapers described the
pact as "more than a coalition but
not quite a union."
Mapai and Ahdut Avodah lead-
ers expressed the hope that foes
of the alignment would eventually
support it. Efforts were underway
to persuade those opponents to
change their minds on the prerffise
that "basically," all the labor
parties were united in outlook.
Premier Eshkol said that the
Mapai-Ahdut agreement marked "a
great hour not only for the signa-
tories but also to the nation at
He called the agreement a turn-
ing point toward eliminating di-
visions in the nation and expressed
the hope that there would not be
a split in the Mapai.

munity in support of Israel was an
important factor in assuring Is-
rael's security. He cited a number
of other factors involved in Israel's
security and growth.
These, he said, included the
commitment of the international
community to Israel's independ-
ence, the resistance of most na-
tions to forcible changes in political
and territorial structures, the re-
vulsion against war and the Israeli
policy of containment and deter-
rence which depended less on
population and size and more on
Eban said the Arab realism
about Israel was developing from
the realization that in 17 years of
Israel's existence the Arabs had
failed to curtail Israel's territory,
to force a return of the Arab
refugees to Israel, to prevent Is-
raeli relations with most of the
world and to prevent Israel's na-
tional irrigation development
Delegates heard appeals Tues-
day from two Israeli leaders for
stronger emphasis on the study
of Hebrew as a factor for Jewish
survival outside of Israel and
for immigration of American
Jewish youth to Israel.

Former Premier David Ben-

Gurion stressed that American
Jewry would survive only if groups
like Bnai Brith fulfilled the coven-
ant of the Bible by promoting the
Hebrew language and Jewish edu-
cation. He •asked the 1,300 dele-
gates to send their children to at-
tend high schools and universities
in Israel, adding "Some of them
will remain here."
He voiced the opinion that "in
spite of all logic" the American
Jewish community would survive
because of differences between
the United States and Europe in
terms of the "melting pot" theory
of diverse peoples.
Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel's foreign
minister, called American Jewry a
"reservoir" for aliyah and "Yiddish-
keit." Citing the drama of Israeli
life, she stressed the interdepen-

Arabs Explode
Charges; 4 Hurt
in Kibbutz Blast Name Katriel Katz

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

TEL AVIV—Four settlers in
Ramat Hakovesh, kibbutz near the
Jordanian border, were injured
slightly Monday night when three
Arab infiltrators set off explo-
sive charges underneath houses
in the settleinent. Three houses
were damage d, one of them
Although footprints led to the
Jordanian border, it was believed
that the marauders belonged to

the Syrian sponsored "Fatah."
The scene of the attack was near
Kfar Hess, the first settlement
to be attacked by Fatah members.

In that attack, too, houses were
damaged by explosives placed be-
neath them. Observers here be-
lieve that Syria wants to involve
Jordan in the Fatah actions and
therefore instructed the saboteurs
to use Jordanian territory as their

Envoy to Moscow

dor Katriel Katz, who has been
Israel's consul general in New
York for three years, has been
named Israeli ambassador to Mos-
cow. Michael Arnon, Israel's am-
bassador in Ghana, will be trans-
ferred to New York to succeed
Katz, who will leave for his new
post at the end of June.

Holy Land. Rabbi Halberstam is/
now in the process of establish_-----

ing the world headquarters for

Bobov in Queens, wherein a simi-
lar city will be formed.

Jewish Intellectuals
Decorated in Poland

WARSAW (JTA) — Three lead-
ing Polish Jews were awarded the
Order of Merit by the Polish gov-
ernment for cultural contribu-
tions. They were Prof. Ber Mark,
director of the Jewish Historical
Institute in Poland, DT. David
Sfard, poet and author, and Dr.
Benjamin Nadel, university lec-
turer. They were received by Cul-
ture Minister Lucien Motika, who
decOrated them personally.




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Israel complained to the U.N.
Jordanian-Israeli Mixed Armis-
tice Commission, demanding an
In another development, Mrs.
Golda Meir, Israel's foreign min-
ister, summoned Gen. Odd Bull,

chief of the UN Truce Super-
visory Organization, to complain
about Syrian firing on Israeli
boats on Lake Tiberias Saturday.
She stressed the gravity with
which Israel views such incidents
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prevent a recurrence of the shoot-

approaching which required closer
links with American Jewry, includ-
ing a "significant aliyah" of young
American Jews.
The delegates also adopted a
wide-ranging group of resolu-
tions. One called on the Soviet
Union to permit the reunion of
families separated by World
War H and the Nazi period, to
provide religious and cultural
rights to Russian Jews and to
combat anti-Semitism in the
Soviet Union.
Another_ authorized the organ-
ization to make a fresh effort to
obtain U.S. Senate ratification of
the United • Nations Convention
against Genocide. Congress was
urged to adopt the proposed
amendment to the Export Control
Act, which would forbid American
businessmen to fill out question-
naires from the Arab boycott of-
fice. That measure is now before
Congressional committees.
Another resolution called on
American chambers of commerce
and trade associations to combat
the Arab boycott. German indus-
tries were asked to compensate
slave labor victims who worked in
those industries during World
War II.
In another resolution, the dele-
gates stressed the need to imple-
ment the principle of church-state
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