Those Who Want to Be President Israel Plans Extension
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
(Copyright 1968, JTA Inc.)
Why do they want to be Presi-
dent? asks columnist Max Lerner.
Why do George Romney and Rich-
ard Nixon and Eugene McCarthy
go out to New Hampshire in the
cold winter and stand outside
shivering and shaking hands with
people just to be President of the
Henry Clay said, "I would rather
be right than President." There
isn't too much fun usually in being
right either, but it hasn't all the
headaches of being President.
Franklin Pier c e, traveling to
Washington to become President,
changed trains at Baltimore to
save himself from the office
seekers who he knew would board
the train as he neared Washington.
Lincoln was so pestered by office
seekers, he said he wished he had
the small pox, so he could give
From a financial point of view,
if you decide you must be Presi-
dent, it's better to be President of
the United States than of Israel.
The president of Israel gets 1500
Israeli pounds a month or about
$540 in American money. The
prime minister gets about $30 a
month more. You can't have much
for a rainy day on those salaries,
but Israel does not have much
James Adolf Israel, a German
surgeon who died in - 1926, was
responsible for important develop.
ments in internal surgery, espe-
cially of the kidneys.
When Itzhak Ben Zvi was presi-
dent of Israel he received even
less. But he opposed a raise. He
threatened to picket if they raised
his salary. They argued with
him. How does it look for Israel,
if you receive so little salary?
Finally, he yielded. You can't
stand in the way of progress.
The old order changes. We have
seen the passing of a grand old
woman of Israel. Paula ben Gurion.
Posterity will remember her. In
a world where the areas of govern-
ment and diplomacy are enmeshed
in a web of verbiage and circum-
locution, she spoke simply and
"Speak in words hard as cannon
balls," advised Emerson. Who
could speak harder than Paula
when she said to Hammarskjold,
head of the United Nations, "You
are a nice young man. Why don't
you get married and leave Israel
She called the soldier guarding
the 'prime minister's home and
told him to go to the grocery for
milk. "But I must guard the prime
minister," the soldier objected.
"I'll guard the prime minister,
you go and get the milk," she said .
Anybody, she said, can be prime
minister, but not many can be Ben-
Gurion. However, she didn't ap-
prove of him in the kitchen. Some-
times B-G would wash the dishes.
"He says it's relaxing to him. All
I know is that I have to clean up
after him," she said.
Ben-Gurion had come to New
York during the First World War
to help organize the Jewish Legion.
He took sick and she nursed him
in the hospital. A few days later,
he returned from the hospital.
"Congratulate me. I have mar-
ried," he said. His wife was not a
Zionist at the time, but it turned
out all right.
His son, Amos, also married his
nurse. She was not Jewish at the
time, but it also turned out well.
There is of course one danger
in hospital romances. One might
think he is in love, when he only
German Couple Jailed
in Egypt for Spying
for Israel Released
BONN (JTA)—A German man
and wife who were imprisoned in
Egypt two and a half years ago
for alleged espionage on behalf of
Israel, have been released and
have returned to West Germany.
Their present whereabouts are
Cairo claimed several weeks ago
that the release of Wolfgang Lotz
and his wife was demanded by
Israel as a condition for the re-
lease of 5,000 Egyptian prisoners
of war held in Israel. Lotz had
been sentenced to life imprison-
ment and his wife to three years.
of the Wailing Wall
JERUSALEM (ZINS)—Plans for
the Wailing Wall include extending
it from the present 198 to 277 feet,
and together with the north side,
The plan also calls for deep dig-
ging in order to unearth the full
height of the wall. Possible further
excavation may uncover the re-
mains of other structures on the
site of the ancient temple.
Religious Jews view these plans
as a sacrilege, and promise to op-
pose them. They contend that the
government regards the wall as
though it were an archaeological
Arab Women Protest
Alleged Plan to Shift
Residents From Gaza
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three
hundred Arab women from the
West Bank, the Gaza Strip and
East Jerusalem sent a protest to
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan
against alleged plans by Israel to
evacuate the Gaza Strip and send
its residents to the West Bank or
Jordan. The women also demanded
the return of all refugees. The
Israeli authorities have never an-
nounced any such plan.
143 Americans Leave
for Israel in January
If the 350,000,000 UNICEF greet-
ing cards which have been sold
so far were pasted end to end, the
streamer would reach around the
IF YOU TURN THE
UPSIDE DOWN YOU WON'T
FUIO A FINER WIN THAN
, y xze
Vexed sailors curse the rain for
which poor shepherds prayed in
vain.—Edmund Waller (1911).
Milan Wineries, Detroit, Mid,.
4 Itea)iwaansing holidaly
the wallet's jalemodi i2e4a,21.
AT THE CONCORD
Cantor Herman Malamood.
Assisted by Sholom. Secunda
And the Concord International Choir
Services • Sedarim
Dietary Supervision by Rabbi Seymour Freedman
64 the fio, ioni
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
NEW YORK—The Israeli Aliya
center reported Tuesday that 143
Americans and Canadians had left
for Israel during the month of
January on programs sponsored
by the center.
State Dept. Opposes Ban
Rabbi Mordaci Kirshblum, chair-
man of the center, reported that it
on Egypt Cotton Import
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Assist- had received an urgent request to
ant Secretary of State William B. provide 54 medical specialists,
Macomber Jr., said that the State technologists and auxiliary person-
Department opposes Congression- nel to fill positions in the ministry
al moves to ban Egyptian cotton of health and in Israeli hospitals.
here because "such legislation
would hamper efforts aimed to-
ward reaching a settlement of the
He wrote Rep. J. Herbert Burke,
Florida Representative, that "we
believe we can best serve the
cause of peace in the area by
standing ready to cooperate with
all parties in constructive and
even-handed political initiatives,
meanwhile permitting normal com-
mercial contacts to continue."
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Katz agreed and added
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When John McGraw
managed the tough Giant
baseball squad of yester-
year, there was one screw-
ball pitcher named Bugs
Raymond who often suc-
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is excess weight above the waistline. McGraw was astonished
and gratified. What he didn't know was that the wily Raymond
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lifter:loon. The game over, he'd wend his way happily to the
Ilearest saloon and swap the bartender big league baseballs for
shots of straight Scotch.
Father just back from a two-week family vacation: "Have you
ever spent a fortnight in a baggage-filled station wagon with
the five people you thought you loved best?"
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