THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
11—Friday, August 25, 1967
Opinion Poll Shows Eastern Europe
to Be Overwhelmingly Pro-Israel
PARIS (JTA) — East European in the Western European countries.
public opinion is overwhelmingly Those interviewed included 208
in favor of Israel in the current Hungarians, 179 Poles, 112 Czechs
Arab-Israeli crisis, in striking con- and Slovaks, and 78 Romanians.
trast to the official strong anti- The interviewees were by and
Israel position taken by all East large persons of larger cities, well
European governments except Ro- educated and belonging predomi-
mania, the European office of the nantly to white-collar and higher
American Jewish Committee re- occupational groups. With a few
exceptions they were staying in
A survey of attitudes of several the West temporarily and have
hundred East Europeans from already returned to Eastern Eur-
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland ope.
and Romania visiting West Europe
From 57 to 65 per cent of the
during June and July—carried out
Eastern Europeans interviewed
by responsible public opinion re-
indicated a pro-Israel attitude in
search institutes—revealed a wide-
replying to the question "Where
spread pro-Israel popular feeling
do your sympathies lie in the
closely paralleling public sentiment
Arab-Israeli conflict?" The reply
in Western Europe, the American
"With the Israelis" came from
Jewish Committee affirmed.
57 per cent of the Czechs, 65 per
cent of the Hungarians, 58 per
The little support there was in
cent of the Poles and 59 per cent
Eastern Europe for the Arabs
of the Romanians.
came mainly from members of the
Communist parties with one signifi-
Favoring the Arabs were 13 per
cant exception—Romania, the AJC cent of the Czechs, 9 per cent of
continued. It added that Romanian the Hungarians, 13 per cent of the
communists reacted differently, Poles and 10 per cent of the Ro-
tending toward a pro-Israel or manians. Those expressing neu-
trality were percentages of 22, 19,
The interviews with the Eastern 19 and 21 respectively by Czechs,
European visitors were conducted Hungarians, Poles and Romanians.
The pro-Israel percentages com-
pare favorably with those found in
Western Europe, where the figures
were 53 per cent as compared with
58 per cent for Eastern Europe
as a whole. Pro-Arab percentages
for Western Europe were 8 per
cent, and for Eastern Europe 12
Until a short time ago cotton did
not grow in the land of Israel. The
cent. Those indicating a neu-
textile Industry in the country used
tral stand or refusing to answer
cotton which was (they) brought from
other countries. No one thought that
question were 39 per cent for
it is possible to grow cotton In Israel
Western Europe and 30 per cent
This situation changed in the year
1954. In that year they tried for the
first time to grow cotton on a com-
mercial scale. The trial was success-
ful and in the year 1955 they enlarged
the area of cotton-growing seven-fold.
To-day we already grow almost all the
cotton which we need for ourselves.
But this does not yet suffice. The
plan is to increase the area of cotton
still more and to sell it abroad.
Cotton grows in all the valleys of
the country; from the Valley of Bet-
She'an in the north to the Negev In
the south. Along with the cotton the
textile industry has also come to new
regions; a new center for the cotton
industry was established in Kiryat Gat
in the Lachish area, and the govern.
ment is now planning another center
in Dimona which is in the Negev.
They also grow "Egyptian cotton"
In the country. There is a large de-
mand for this cotton on the market
and it is more expensive than regular
cotton. Only a few countries have
succeeded in growing it. A representa-
tive of a British firm who visited the
country announced that he is prepared
to buy the entire harvest of this cotton.
Indeed, Israel is turning from im-
porter to exporter of cotton.
Translation of Hebrew column. Pub-
lished by Brit Ivrith Olamit.
John Yount Novel:
'Wolf at the Door'
John Yount provides strength
to the cast of characters in his
novel. "Wolf at the Door," pub-
lished by Random House.
He introduces a disillusioned
scholar at a university who decides
to commit suicide, sends his wife
off to her mother, conducts a love
affair with a restaurant waitress.
They are all young — the sui-
cide planner, Thomas Alonzo
Rapidan is 21, the others in that
age group. Their sentiments, the
experiences of a unique age, their
freedoms — all form an interest-
ing plot, well woven by an able
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WASHINGTON — A delegation
of American Jewish leaders, meet-
ing with German Chancellor Kurt
George Kiesinger here, received
a pledge of "continued German
support of Israel's efforts to
achieve peace and security in the
Kiesinger's statement came fol-
lowing an expression of apprecia-
tion by the American Jewish
leaders for West Germany's stand
on the Middle East situation.
The German chancellor also
said his country would vigorously
support Israel's request for asso-
ciate membership in the European
Common Market, according to a
spokesman for the Conference of
Presidents of Major Jewish Organ-
Germany's policy in the Middle
East crisis, the chancellor told
the Jewish leaders, was rooted
in the "strong sympathy and
support of the German people
The Jewish leaders also raised
the question of extending the West
German statute of limitations on
Nazi war crimes, which is due to
expire Dec. 31, 1969. Kiesinger
assured the delegation that his
government was concerned with
the problem and that the matter
would be dealt with soon on a
The delegation consisted of
Rabbi Israel Miller of New York,
acting chairman of the Conference
of Presidents of Major American president of the American Jewish
Jewish Organizations and chair- Committee; and Yehuda Hellman,
man of the American Zionist Coun- executive director of the Presi-
cil; Morris B. Abram of New York, dents' Conference.
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