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May 31, 1968 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-05-31

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8—Friday, May 31, 196$


Israel Labor Party Now 2 Seats Short
of Cabinet Majority; Liberal Defects

Israel to Establish Commercial Trade Mission in Singapore

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM—Israel will estab-
lish a commercial mission in the
Southeast Asian state of Singapore
although the latter has no diplo-
sorption of all newcomers except matic relations with Israel, it was
in the initial stages and would learned here.
leave the organization of aliya (im-
migration) in the hands of the
Jewish Agency. The recommenda-
tion will be brought before the
World Zionist Congress which
opens here next month.
The decision in favor of a new
ministry—and a new portfolio in
the cabinet — was adopted by a
vote of 63 to 35 at a Labor Party
meeting in Tel Aviv.

JERUSALEM—The Israel Labor
Party, the country's largest poli-
tical party, gained an extra seat
in the 120-seat Knesset Monday,
bringing its total to 59, just two
short of an absolute majority.
The gain was achieved by the
defection to the Labor Party of
Izhar Harari, chairman of the In-
dependent Liberal faction.
Harari, a lawyer and 'a colonel
in the Israel army during the 1948
War of Independence, was a strong
advocate of unification of the In- Eshkol Insists Lasting Peace
dependent liberals with the Israel Is Achievable Only by
Labor Party. But his proposal was Direct Negotiations
voted down at the recent Liberal
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Premier
Party convention. His crossover Levi Eshkol rejected any Middle
and his refusal to return his man- East settlement through guar-
date to the Liberals was de- antees by the United Nations or
nounced by the Independent Lib- from foreign countries or any
eral Party president, Pinhas other "nebulous arrangements"
Rosen a former minister of justice. and insisted that there was no
But Harari. told newsmen that substitute for an open peace treaty
there is a strong body of opinion achieved by direct talks between
among the Liberals in favor of uni- Israel and the Arabs. He spoke at
fication with the Labor Party and a Labor Party secretariat meet-
as its elected representative he ing and said his words were meant
saw no reason to .resign from the for the world at large including
small and large powers individuals
and movements.
Harari is a member of the Oved
He reported that since the June
Tsioni—the workers section of the
so-called "Weizmann General Zion- war last year the Strait of Tiran
ists." The Independent Liberals had been open to all ships and that
are now left with four out of their in recent days almost a ship per
original five Knesset seats. The day had passed through the Strait
faction broke away from the Lib- to the port of Akaba "at a time
eral Party when the latter elected when Jordan harassed us not a
to join in a parliamentary align- little and gave bases for El Fatah
ment with Herut to form the Ga- men even in the Gulf of Akaba
hal bloc.
Moshe Kol, a leader of the party
Herut which is holding its na-
tion here, continued Tuesday toy and a member of the coalition cab-
debate the question of its con- inet, suggested taht Israel should
tinued participation in the national make a start toward a settlement
of the Arab refugee problem even
coalition government.
Herut has differed sharply with though peace has not yet been
the government over the strategies achieved. He praised the govern-
employed to reach a peace settle- ment of national unity established
ment with th Arabs and over the during last May's war crisis as a
future status of the occupied ter- "positive development" but said it
should not be preserved at the
expense of principles regarding Is-
Deputy speaker of the Knesset rael's future and the nature of
Ben Eliezer, who is Herut leader, peace with the Arabs.
urged Tuesday that the party stay
in the coalition. He said that even
if Herut won a majority in the Life Term Demanded
next elections it would seek to lead
a coalition of national unity. His for Auschwitz Overseer
view was opposed by Yohanan
Bader, a Knesset member, who secution in the third trial of Ausch-
/ said Gahal should leave the coal- witz death camp personnel Sun-
ition because the country now lacks day demanded life imprisonment
an active opposition which dam- for the second kapo (overseer)
ages its democratic image.
charged with the murder of in-
(Benyamim Avniel, another MK, mates. The overseers on trial are
suggested that early elections be Bernhard Bonitz and Josef Win-
held to establish a government that deck. In asking previously for , a
can deal effectively with the two life term for Bonitz, the prosecu-
major problems—security and im- tion contended that Bonitz had
migration and absoruption. Rabbi been proved guilty in the murder
Itzhak Rabonowitz. a party mem- of one inmate. He h a d been
ber from South Africa, advocated charged with the killing of 72 in-
the creation of it new body of deal mates. The court held that evi-
with immigration and education in dence against Bonitz in the other
71 cases was insufficient to prove
the diaspora).
A draft bill to convert Israel's him guilty.
Knesset from a unicameral into a
In another development, police
bicameral body is being debated in Geilenkirchen reported that
by the Israel Labor Party. But re- unknown vandals desecrated the
liable sources - here said that the village's Jewish cemetery, over-
measure, submitted by Uri Avneri turning six gravestones and smear-
of the one-man Haolam Hazeh fac- ing swastikas on others. Village of-
tion, will be turned down by the ficials sent letters to Jewish com-
Laborites because of strong objec- munities in Aachen- and Dussel-
tions by top party leaders. The dorf, apologizing for the incident.
Avneri bill would establish an up-
In Hannover, two former Ger-
per chamber of parliament, similar man soldiers went on trial on
to the United States Senate. One charges of having deliberately
of its purposes would be to give murdered between 75 and 150 So-
younger men a chance for election viet-Jewish prisoners of war in the
to the lower chamber.
Russian village of Ababasch dur-
The Labor Party wanted to give ing World War II.
its members in the Knesset a free
Twenty-eight witnesses will be
hand to vote on the bill, but that called to testify in the trial which
was apparently squelched by the is expected to last until the end
party hierarchy, it was reported.
of June. The defendants are
Jewish Agency officials were George Graber, 76, a schoolmaster
apparently satisfied by the rec- who was company commander at
ommendation of Israel's Labor the time of the murders, and Otto
Party to establish a new ministry Kempf, 68, who, the prosecution
of absorption in the cabin which said, gave the order to shoot the
would be responsible for the ab- Jews.

Singapore, an island south of
the Malayan Peninsula was part
of Malaysia but seceded. Prior to
World War II, it was the chief
British naval base in Asia.
The new trade mission apparent-
ly stems from last year's visit to


Singapore by Israel's finance min-
ister, Pinhas Sapir, who was wel-
comed there with VIP treatment.
It is believed here that establish-
ment of the mission may be follow-
ed by diplomatic relations between
Israel and Singapore.


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