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February 03, 1967 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-02-03

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General Rabin's Decisive Influence in Israel

By ELIAHU SALPETER

(Copyright, 1967, JTA, Inc.)

economic aspects of national de-
fense. As a result, General Rab-
in's opinions today carry prob-
ably not less weight with Esh-
kol, when it comes to the polit-
ical side of the issues involved,
than those of Peres did with
Ben-Gurion.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, February 3, 1967 7

acts of Arab terrorism committed
The fourth chief of staff General Book on Arab Terrorism
on Israel territory.
Moshe Dayan, went into politics. Being Prepared in Israel
He became a Knesset member,
JERUSALEM (ZLNS) — A docu-
Minister of Agriculture, and is now mentary volume on the Arab cam-
WHEN YOU - AC A COCKTAIL
one of the leaders of the Rafi Par- paign incitements and threats
ty, which — under Ben-Gurion's aaginst Israel since the emergence
leadership — split off from the of the state, is now being prepared
ruling Mapai Party.
by the foreign ministry, Abba Eban
It is rather difficult to imagine announced in the Knesset. The book
:klTEi ERANOS • DETROIT.
Pad();

General Rabin as a business man- will also include a precise list of
ager or a back-slapping politician.
More likely, he might find a career
in the top echelons of government
administration.

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister
and Defense Minister Eshkol took
the unusual step of announcing that
Gem Yitzhak Rabin will continue
to serve as chief of staff of the
Israel defense forces beyond the
normal three-year tour of duty in
The extension of General Rab-
that post. The announcement was •
unusual because it happened only in's tour of duty only postponed,
once before, in the case of General but did not eliminate. a favorite
Dayan, that the chief of staff con- guessing game here: what will the
tinued in that post more than three. chief of staff do when he retires?
Israel's first chief of staff, General
years.
Yaakov Dori, is now president of
There are probably several rea- the Haifa Institute of Technology. Education Ministry VIP
'sons for Eshkol's decision in this His successor, General Yigael Yad-
matter. Israel is facing another in is also in the academic field: he Quits Post of Six Years
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
critical period along her borders is now Professor Yadin, the He-
to The Jewish News)
because of the announced intention brew University's most widely
JERUSALEM — Dr. Hanoch
of the Syrians and of the Egypt- latown archeologist. The third, Rinot, for the last six years direc-
22 Day Grand Tour of Europe
supported Palestine Liberation fifth and sixth men in the top
tor-general of the ministry of edu-
Movement of Ahmed Shukairy to tart' post went afterward into ad- cation, resigned Tuesday. His exit
start a guerrilla-type of warfare : ministration of government-con- is believed to be due to basic dif-
against this country. The govern- trolled enterprises: General Mor- ferences between him and Minis-
July 14, 19 & 21
Per Person
ment probably felt that this was dechai Makieff is director general ter of Education Zalman Aranne.
and
August
1st
from
Detroit
not the time to make top-level of the Dead Sea (Potash) Com- Rinot had been appointed to his
changes in the defense forces. Esh- pany, Israel's largest mineral ex- post by Abba Eban, when the lat-
kol presumably also preferred to ploitation company; General Zvi ter held the education portfolio.
avoid the necessity of choosing be- Tzur is director general of Mek-
Aranne accepted his top aide's
tween the likely successors to Gen- orot, Israel's water resources de- resignation. It is believed Rinot
eral Rabin.
velopment company; and General will be succeeded in the director-
20441 JAMES COUZENS
BR 2-2400
Above all, the extension of the Haim Laskov is the director gen- generalship by his present deputy,
present chief of staff's tour of eral of the National Port Authority. J. Sarid.
duty reflects General Rabin's
overall success in his job and
the harmonious cooperation be-
86 PROOF, 100% BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKIES, IMPORTED & BOTTLED BY GOODERHAM &WORTS LTD., DETROIT, MICH.
tween him and Eshkol. General
Rabin, a shy introvert, is the in-
tellectual type. When he took
over his post early in 1964, the
choice was generally applauded
as a most suitable one for what
was then expected of the de-
86
fense forces for .the subsequent
three years: the procurement
and obsorbtion of new sophisti-
cated weapons and the training
of the officers and men in their
•Authentic
use.
Scotch
However, soon afterward, this
Dollar
task was pushed into the back-
ground by the more urgent chall-
(Crown)
enge of the Arab threats to divert
minted
the headwaters of the Jordan, to
between
prevent the completion of Israel's
1603-1625
national irrigation project. It is
understood that General Rabin had
a major share in developing the
strategy of flexible response to
these threats, a strategy which
along with the diplomatic actions,
proved so successful that the irri-
Leave it to the Scots to find a way to save a
gation project was not only com-
dollar (whether it's this rare Scottish
pleted without major border
dollar
or the modern American greenback).
clashes, but also demonstrated
Thousands of Scots (and Americans, too) are
again.the deep internal fissions in
switching to Lauder's Extra Light Scotch at
the Arab camp. This flexibility of
response and originality of ap-
its new reduced price. That's because
proach to some of Israel's -perren-
Lauder's now sells the same 86 proof, the
ial defense problems became the
same high quality Scotch, with nothing
hallmark of General Rabin's think-
changed except the price.
ing in the past three years.
Another quality which obviously
endeared General Rabin to Eshkol
was his unswerving loyalty to his
boss. No chief of staff — General
Dayan not excluded — had such
a decisive influence in defense
matters as General Rabin. This is
due not only to General Rabin's
own qualities. General Dayan, for
example, had a stronger person-
ality than the present Chief of
Staff. But Ben-Gurion was more
familiar with defense matters and
Q UART
more interested in both broad
strategic problems and minor tech-
nical _details_ than who
— before becoming Prime Minis-
ter — dealt with defense matters
only from their financial angle.
Consequently, Eshkol is under-
stood to rely more heavily on his
chief of staff's advice than his
predecessor did.
What goes for Eshkol, in this

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respect, goes also for his deputy.

The deputy minister of defense
— the man who is actually in
charge of the day-to-day running
of the defense ministry — was
Shimon Peres. He "rose from
the ranks" in that ministry and
dealt also with many of the top-
level political aspects of Israel's
security affairs such as the de-
velopment of close cooperation

with France. The present deputy
minister of defense, Dr. Zvi
Dienstein, on the other hand,
"grew up" under Eshkol's wings
in the Ministry of Finance and

before his new post was familiar
mostly with the procurement and

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