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April 22, 1966 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-04-22

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A-Boinb Debate Entan,gles Israel

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"France helped Israel to build
a nuclear reactor at Dimona, a
reactor that was completed just
about a year ago. Since the
agreement on the basis of which
the French gave this aid has
never been published, it is not
known whether the reactor is
limited to peaceful uses."
Irving R. Levine, NBC news cor-
respondent in Rome, stated: "If
the decision were made tonight,
Israel would probably have a bomb
in less than two years. The genera-
tion governing Israel has been re-
luctant to make the decision to go
nuclear. The next generation may
feel that Israel's security demands
that they build atomic bombs,
openly or in secret."
One of the outstanding American
experts on the general subject of
atomic development, H e r in a n
Kahn, director of the Hudson In-
stitute, stated: "What I would as-
sume that the Israelis are doing,
and what I would, in fact, con-
sider wise to do if I were in their
position, is put aside something
like one or two years away from
being able to spread nuclear
weapons. In other words, if the
situation changes, they do have
this option under a crash program
of getting nuclear weapons. This
in itself might act as a deterrent
to an Arab program. On the other
hand, they should not display this
option, talk about it, publicize it,
or in any way lay any emphasis
on it—but just have it in the back-

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Deputy of the large Soviet arms deliv-
its prime minister initiated in May, Defense Minister Zvi Dinstein eries and the recent United States
1964, has not initiated and will not warned Sunday that unless Israel's sales to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
initiate the introduction of new economy is overhauled, the coun-
arms or any sort of new weapons try will have difficulty meeting
into the Middle East, conventional ever heavier defense obligations
For Some
in a few years.
or nonconventional.
of the
Speaking at a meeting of the
"To explain that statement, I
think I ought to point out that
Egypt, through the Soviet Union, rael was compelled to devote a
has been responsible for initiating larger share of its gross national
every new stage in the arms race. income to defense than either the
Now, in every case, Israel has United States or France. He re-
responded to the new situation ported that despite huge supplies
created by these Egyptian initia- of Soviet weapons being given to
tives. This remains an index of our the Arab states, Israel had diffi-
culties in impressing on the west-
policy today."
powers the need to maintain
Nasser, shown being inter- ern
a balance of power.
viewed in Cairo, said that Israel
The problem is expected to be
has a 24-megawatt reactor and
plutonium, could produce atomic discussed by Israel officials with
weapons, and stated: "This will Raymond Hare, assistant secretary
be a threat to us and all the other of state for Near Eastern affairs,
Arab countries; so, if we are
sure that they are preparing end.
Israeli officials feel the matter
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has become an urgent one because
to begin a preventive war."
He conceded to the interviewer
that he is not yet sure Israel would
have an atomic bomb, but repeat-
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ed that Egypt would start a pre-
ventive war if it got concrete in-
formation on that score, because
"it would be a matter of life or
death for us."
The NBC-TV program, one in a
series of NBC "white papers," was
entitled "Countdown to Zero" and
was devoted in general to the dan-
gers of nuclear proliferation, a de-
velopment opposed by the United
States government.
Large sections of the program
were given over to West Ger-
many's desire to participate in a
NATO decision on the use of nu-
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clear weapons, to the French gov-
Fur Cleaning on Our Own Premises
ernment's entry into the "nuclear
club," to Communist China's de-
School officials said there had velopment of nuclear devices, and
been several small fires in the to India's fears of China's nuclear
school in recent months, but had threat. In that general context, the
no reason to suspect arson.
NBC-TV program pinpointed the
Many students and their teach- Israeli situation vis-a-vis nuclear
ers, watching from the side- development.
walk begged to be allowed to
enter the tower to save the
books, but they were not allow-
ed inside.
It will take months to evaluate
the damage, a seminary spokes.
man said, adding that a large
number of them were "irreplace-
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"The Israelis," added Huntley,
"do have this option at Dimona.
And they keep it in the back-
ground." Officially, Huntley point-
ed out, Israel has accepted the
U.S. view against nuclear prolifer-
After showing that Israel faces
the Arab enemy "sworn to wipe
Israel from the map," Huntley
said: "It is to defend against this
that, over strong United States op-
position, some Israelis want to
build a nuclear bomb."
Gen. Pierre Gallois of France,
a nuclear theoretician, warned
that, if the Arab states should
unite against Israel, "Israel
would have a difficult position,
militarily speaking. Naturally, I
understand that they would like
to have some atomic weapons
because they know that the mere
existence of these weapons is..
neutralizing any concentration
of manpower."
Shimon Peres, Israel's former
deputy minister of defense, said:
"I do not see any other alterna-
tive for Israel but really to develop
some of her specialties belonging
to our own age, so that she will
appear reasonably strong and con-
vincing that an attack against her
won't be a very wise thing from
the political and military points
of view."
Abba Eban, Israel's foreign min-
ister, appeared on the program,
declaring: "The government of
Israel, faithful to the policy that

Fire Damages Bare Volumes
in Jewish Theol ()Oval Seluminary


NEW YORK — A collection of
200,000 books was heavily damaged
by a fire in the library stack
tower of the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America Monday.
The rare books deal with the
history, theology and philosophy
of the Hebraic and Judaic cul-
tures. Many of those volumes sat-
urated by firemen's hoses are
probably salvagable, but those
that were burned are beyond re-
pair. The fire was confined to the
10-story tower, and burned on some
floors for more than 5 1/2 hours.
A 24-year-old maintenance work-
er at the school tried to put out
the blaze when it was discovered,
but was trapped in the billowing
smoke on an upper floor for 20
minutes. He escaped and was
treated for smoke inhalation.
Prof. Saul Lieberman, head of
the Talmud department, discov-
ered the blaze. The first fire
companies arrived at 10:17 a.m.
However, firemen were unable
to reach the heart of the blaze
because of the intense heat.
Their access was confined to a
single stairwell.
The fire chief said in his 35
years of experience he had never
seen a fire as inaccessible as this
one. More than 100 firemen were
at the scene. To protect books on
lower floors, firemen braved the
scorching heat to climb the iron
stairwell and place tarpaulins
over the stacks.
About 135 rabbinical students
and their teachers were evacuated
from the two wings of the build-
ing. Students removed books and
sacred scrolls from the school
Dr. Louis Finkelstein, chancel-
lor of the seminary, said a collec-
tion of partly microfilmed Yiddish-
language newspapers published in
this country from the earliest days
of the Jewish migration had been
totally destroyed in the fire. A
collection of 10,000 rare man-
uscripts was not affected.
The fire marshall was investi-
gating the possibility of arson.

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'Against the Stream':
Novel by Dimondstein

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Boris Dimondstein, poet, novel-
ist, essayist, sculptor, artist, whose
home for many years was in Los
Angeles, who spent some years
until recently in Israel, has writ-
ten another novel.
"Against the Stream," his new-
est work, is a story about a Jewish
family in a small town in Russia.
It is a tale about an ambitious
young man who falls in love with
a beautiful girl, marries her against
her will, soon experiences diffi-
culties with her because of her
urge to be in business, thereby
neglecting her children and her
home. But the love persists, in
spite of the anguish.
The story continues in a de-
scription of the activities of a son
of this couple, a young man who
also has love pangs, whose life is
dedicated to the revolutionary
There are many human interest
angles in this novel. It is a well
written story and is imaginative.
With his novel "Against the
Stream" Dimondstein has added
some glory to his literary career.


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