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August 05, 1966 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-08-05

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Austerity Program Poses Serious Threat
to Israel Coalition; Mapai Considers Changes

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM — I m p or t ant
changes were being considered by
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and
his top economic aides in the
three-year economic austerity pro-
gram outlined previously by Fi-
nance Minister Pinhas Sapir.
Some of the changes were being
mulled in response to stern de-
mands by the Mapam Party, which
threatened to bolt the coalition
government unless the "burdens
and sacrifices" envisaged in the
Sapir program were divided even-
ly among all sectors of Israel's
population, including big business
and the self employed.
It was feared that, without - the
support of Mapam, the current
coalition might topple.
Both Eshkol and Sapir, who have
been meeting with the Mapam
leadership since Sunday, have
already agreed to impose certain
restrictions on big business to
make sure that the living stand-
ards of the Israeli workers are
not "over-deteriorated" by the new
economic program.
Mapam has demanded, specific-
ally, that the government ensure,
in advance, alternate employment
for dismissed workers, enactment
of an unemployment insurance
law, absolute freezing of all prices,
profits and dividends and the levy
of an excess-profits tax on busi-
ness incomes above certain limits.
The left-wing party leader also
want the imposition of a one-time
tax on capital and the freezing at
present level, of all subsidies for
business and industry.
While these demands from the
left were under consideration, Ma-
pai Party economic ministers and
senior officials were also making
their own plans for tightening the
Sapir program.
They have already decided, in
separate meetings with Eshkol, to
take strict measures against earn-
ers of high salaries and on impo-
sition of taxes on high-salary earn-
ers, corporations and businessmen.
With the new economic program
facing criticism not only from Ma-
pam, but also inside Mapai itself,
the Sapir plans are to be subjected
to considerable revision before
they are returned to the cabinet
for an ultimate, final decision.
At an earlier meeting with Pre-
mier Eshkol, the two foremost
leaders of Mapam, Meir Yaari and
Yaakov Hazan, gave notice that
their party would leave the coali-
tion unless proposals for freezing
the cost of living allowances and
other social benefit payments are
eliminated from Sapir's economic
Eshkol, Sapir and Commerce and
Industry Minister Haim Kadok met
with the two Mapam leaders, who
said that the wage freeze proposal

was contrary to the basic coalition
Meanwhile, the National Reli-
gious Party informed Eshkol that
it would not continue to participate
* *

in the government unless the coali-
tion program on religious educa-
tion is implemented.
NRP leaders complained that the
government was not carrying out
its agreement to establish new re-
ligious schools and enlarge the re-
Eighteen-Month Freeze
ligious education network. The
H ighlightsMapamProgram party's secretariat asked to meet
JERUSALEM—Details of a pro- with the Premier to discuss the
posed austerity program which is issue.
expected to radically affect the
lives of the overwhelming major-
ity of Israelis were disclosed here.
Among the project measures,
which are aimed at cutting pro-
duction costs and thereby increas-
ing exports, is an 18-month freeze
on wages, taxes, distributed prof-
its, subsidies and prices.
at left:
Other provisions of the program,
6 Diamonds, 14K
which was discussed by the minis-
Gold covered-lid case
terial economic planning commit-
with matching mesh
tee, include:
1. The freezing of the cost of
living allowance until the end of
next year and the cancellation of
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a five per cent wage rise approved
$65 to $1000
by the Histadrut, Israel's labor
federation for 1967;
2. The imposition of a 55 per cent
Certified Master Watchmaker
tax- on any increase over last
and Jeweler
year's dividends paid by corn-
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panies to shareholders;
3. The reduction of foreign cur-
rency allowances for Israeli tra-
velers abroad from the current
$500 per trip to $400 for the first
trip and $200 for each additional
Haim Zadok, Minister of Com-
merce and Industry, has reported-
ly proposed an amendment to the
original Sapir Plan, providing for
premiums to successful exporters.
This would be financed by a 20
percent levy on imports in addi-
tion to taxes already charged.
Such a levy, it was predicted,
would bring in 500,000,000 pounds
($167,000,000) while the premiums
to be paid out to Israeli exporters
by the government would amount
to only 110,000,000 pounds ($37,000,-
The remaining 390,000,000 pounds
($130,000,000), according to the
proposal, could be used for other
projects, including subsidies for
popular consumption items such as
Simpleton Song
As I went over the water,
The water went over me.
I saw two little blackbirds
Sitting on a tree;
One called me a rascal,
And one called me a thief,
I took up my little black stick
And knocked out all their



Friday, August 5, 1966-3

Immigration Work Draws Praise from Eshkol

Agency circles here expressed deep
satisfaction with comments about
the agency's work by Prime Minis-
ter Levi Eshkol, who said the
Agency is "dealing most satisfac-
torily with immigrants from the
West, with integration and absorp-
Addressing a press luncheon,
Eshkol said the Agency "deals
individually with these immigrants,

and makes all preparations for
their absorption prior to their
arrival here." The Premier also
stressed that the main relation-
ships with Jewry outside Israel
will continue to be via the Jewish
Agency, "whose historic mission it



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The shoe sale at our
Northland Men's Shop
is like a wedding where
the groom's side only
asks for 30 invitations.

It's a wonderful thing.

Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty in New
York harbor has colossal dimen-
sions. The lady's index finger is
eight feet long; the length of her
nose, four feet, six inches.

Literary Observations

By BORIS SMOLAR (Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)
From time to time I write in this column about newly-published
books in Yiddish ... At the beginning, when I started to do it, I asked
myself: "Are readers of the English—Jewish press actually interested
in Yiddish literature?" . . . The answer came from the readers them-
selves . . . The last time I wrote about a Yiddish book—a book of
essays by Abraham Tabachnick, well known literary critic—I received
quite a number of inquries in the Mail . . . Readers from a number
of cities wanted to know where they could buy the book I reviewed.
. . . On earlier occasions—when I wrote about the Yiddish poets
Aron Leyeles-Glantz, Aleph Katz, and Leon Feinberg—I received
similar inquiries from readers . . All of which goes to show that
Yiddish is not dead in this country, as some are inclined to think.
... Most of the inquiries came not from elderly Jews of the immigrant
generation, but from American-born young adults interested in Yid-
dish as a language worth studying and reading . . . Academic interest
in the Yiddish language and literature is now developing among
scholarly-inclined young Jews who want to know more about Jewish
culture . . . The YIVO Institute of Jewish Research will soon publish
an English-Yiddish dictionary aimed at helping young American Jews
to find their way to Yiddish . . . This brings me again to drawing the
attention of the readers to a new Yiddish book of excellent short
stories, by novelist Moshe Dluznowsky, which now appeared under
the title "Tim Un Fenster" ("Doors and Windows") . .. Dluznowsky
is one of the finest Yiddish short-story writers, and is also the author
of a number of novels . . . His "The Potter's Daughter" appeared in
English translation in London, and in Hebrew in Jerusalem . . One
of his volumes of short stories in Yiddish won the Kesel Prize for
Literature . . . He belongs to the school of realism in his writings;
his style is warm and attractive; his subjects are mostly simple, good
people, whether they live in. New York, Casablanca, or anywhere else.

The shoe sale at our Northland Men's Shop only happens twice a
year, when we clear out selected styles of men's shoes. Including
the biggest names: Florsheim, Winthrop, Hush Puppies®, and
Phillips. Come and see how much money you can save. (Bring your
Security Charge or Michigan Bankard, if you wish.) Come and see
what a real shoe sale is like. It's a wonderful thing.


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Use Lots "G" or "II" at south end of center
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