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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-03-04

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Israeli's Peace Mission Hailed for `Hutzpah'

TEL AVIV—A small crowd and
some policemen were waiting at
the small Herzliya airfield for the
single-engine biplane that brought
back Abie S. Nathan from a per-
sonal peace mission to Egypt
Wednesday.
Nathan was nothing short of a
hero among the Israelis that day.
for "hutzpah," or nerve, is a qual-
ity dearly loved in that country.
His hutzpah almost landed him in
jail for leaving the country il-
legaly, but he was released on 100
pounds ($33) bail.
Even government authorities
were smiling at the mission that
took the 40-year-old Tel Aviv res-
taurant owner and former com-
mercial pilot to Egypt in hopes of
visiting President Gamal Abdel
Nasser.
Back in Cairo, however, the
press w a s ridiculing Nathan's
flight as "a comic act which failed
to catch any laughs." In truth,
there were plenty of laughs when
Nathan landed his rickety 40-year-
old "Shalom" plane at Port. Said.
Officials at first could not believe
• that Nathan had come from Is-
rael. Egypt is not known for its
hospitality to Israelis.

They finally believed him,
however, when Nathan showed
them an Arabic version of the
peace petition he had distributed
in Israel calling for face-to-face
talks between Israeli and Arab
officials. They called it "very
nice," Nathan told a press con-
ference at the Hilton Hotel. A
motorcade had taken Nathan to
the hotel, where he was a guest
of the management in the royal
suite.

The governor of Port Said talked
to the Israeli, adding the tradition-
al Arab "we're interested in peace,
too, but it's not up to us, it's up
to you." Nathan refused to talk
refugees with the governor. saying
that the Israel government was
willing to sit down and work out
"some arrangement."
The governor apparently liked his
guest because he gave Nathan some
pajamas for his night in a cell and
miniature pyramids as souvenirs
for Nathan's daughter. He played
cards with some security officers
("Of course I won"). and the gov-
ernor took him on a tour of the
Suez Canal and to a night club.
He was fed well, too, dining on

roast chicken, shrimp curry, fish, Bertrand Russell of Britain and
Premier Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya.
mayonnaise and pastrami.
They filled up his plane witly
At the airport, Nathan requested
gas and repaired the plane's
and obtained clearance for what
he called a "training flight." He
damaged tail, and he was ready
said he had sufficient fuel to last
to start back Wednesday morn-
ing. The Egyptians hadn't seen
him four hours. He issued a state-
the last of him, however. Soon
ment to Nasser, declaring that he
he was back with a patch torn
was unarmed and did not even
loose from the plane. According
carry a radio in his plane, as a
to Nathan, his hosts met him with sign of peaceful intentions. In his
an "Oi, we are not through."
appeal to N a s s e r, he stated:
His return engagement with the "Please ensure my safe landing
governor was a discussion of atom at Port Said."
bombs. The governor complained
He told newsmen at the airport
that Israelis reported the pilot had that he had left a will with his at-
been killed on his flight. Nathan torney in Tel Aviv, to make sure
replied, "You also think that we that payments due for the airplane
have atom bombs in every corner. are met, and that he had also willed
It's not true."
some paintings that he owns to the
"You are making atom bombs?" Israel Museum in Jerusalem. "I
the governor asked.
have a clear plan," he stated, "for
"Just like you make them, we bringing peace between Israel and
make them," Nathan replied.
the Arabs. All that has to be done
In return for their hospitality, is to open negotiations. The rest
Nathan gave the governor the Bible should be left to the leaders of the
he had carried from Israel for Nas- different countries."
ser. The Egyptian government, the
As Nathan's small plane took
governor said, had authorized him
off in a general southerly direc-
to tell Nathan there was "no point
tion, Israeli fighter planes took
in President Nasser receiving me."
to the air and followed him a
Nathan said he had intended to
short distance, but did not try
fly on to Lebanon but did not do
to force him down. His an-
so because of technical shortcom- nounced peace mission to Nasser
ings of his plane.
had not been given much cred-
Nathan, born in Persia, had
ence in Israel until he actually

been a pilot in the British Royal
Air Force and later flew for the
El Al Israel Air Lines. In last
November's general elections in
Israel, he ran as an independent
candidate for the Knesset, pro-
mising that, if elected, he would
fly to Cairo to request Nasser
to open peace talks with Israel.
He was badly beaten in the elec-
tion campaign.

Several weeks ago, Nathan an-
nounced that he was seeking sign-
atures from Israelis to back his
peace appeal. He said that if he
received 100,000 signatures by
March 8, he would attempt his
peace mission.
Monday morning. Nathan arrived
at the small Israeli airport near
Herzliya where he had parked his
two-seater steerm•n aircraft. He
told newsmen, some of whom had
accompanied him to the airport,
that•he had received 70,000 signa-
tures to his peace petition from
Israelis, and that he had also re-
ceived letters approving his cam-
paign from various outstanding
world personalities, including Lord

well known in advance. Under
date of Feb. 25, the ZINS weekly
news bulletin of the Zionist In-
formation Service, published by
the world Zionist affairs depart-
ment of the Zionist Organization
of America, carried this item un-
der the heading "Israeli Prepares
to Fly on Peace Mission to Nas-
ser:"
"Able Nathan, a former pilot for
El Al and now owner of a restau-
rant, purchased a small plane for
the purpose of flying to Nasser
to persuade him to conclude a
peace treaty with Israel. He sta-
tioned his airplane on Frishman
Street where thousands of persons
gathered to view it and its owner.
Making public the news, the press
in the Arab countries advised Abie
Nathan to reroute: instead of fly-
ing to Cairo he should better fly
seaward."

flew off toward Port Said.

Prior to his return, Israelis had
signed petitions in several cities
asking the government not to try
him for flying from Israel. Thou-
sands gathered outside his restau-
rant debating the pros and cons
of his flight. The crowd was so
large that people spilled into the
street and caused traffic slow-
downs at one of Tel Aviv's busiest
streets.
In spite of Israel government
protests against the Nathan flight,
it is apparent that his plans were

ISRAEL-15 DAYS

NY Suburb Groups Form
Own Community Council

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (JTA)-
Jewish organizations in Westches-
ter County formed their first Jew-
ish Community Council, for the
encouragement of communication
among member Jewish groups and
between those groups and the
general community.
To be known as the Hudson Val-
ley Jewish Community Council,
the organization has enlisted the
support of Jewish communities
and synagogues from Hastings,
Tarrytown, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry,
Hartsdale, Scarsdale, Yonkers and
Elmhurst.



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Dr. Alfred Jospe, Hillel's direc-
tor of program and resources, de-
bunked studies which alleged that
college attendance tended to raise
levels of intermarriage.
Dr. Jospe said that "the process
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alienation from his faith starts
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freedom, although they are more
often unaware of the Jewish com-
ponent in their own actions.
He said many such Jewish youth
"are scornful of the innocuous and
vapid institutionalism they knew
in their home communities. The
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that they are among our most
precious young people, sensitive
to human values."
The rabbi stressed that "when
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