Fisher's Friendship With Nixon Said to Annoy State • Dept,
By MILTON FRIEDMAN
(JTA and Jewish News
White House Correspondent)
WASHINGTON—As the appoint-
ments and tendencies of the new
Nixon administration slowly un-
fold, there has been no indication
of the nature of the answer to
questions raised in the American
Intensive consultations have
been conducted by President-elect.
Richard M. Nixon with his inner
circle of associates. But so far
there has not been any disclosure
of the new administration phi-
losophy on its relations with Ameri-
The State Department, mindful
of the Middle East situation, is
carefully observing Nixon's delib-
erations. The career diplomats do
not want a Jewish staff member.
in the White House who would ed liaison between the White House 1 munity affairs. Fisher also pre- advisers. Insiders in the Nixon
I sided over a drive in the Jewish camp, for instance, are particul-
provide intimate advice to the and the Jewish community.
I community that generated unpre- larly worried about Leonard Gar-
Nixon in his October appearance
President on Jewish concerns, nor
cedented financial and political ment . . . a political liberal . .
do they want a personal confident before the Conference of Presi- 1
outside the _Executive Mansion dents of Major 'American Jewish I support for the Nixon-Agnew tic- Garment has been reported as
shopping in liberal Democratic
Organizations, was accompanied i ke .
with ready access to Nixon.
rd Garment, a member of circles for both Nixon policies and
by Fisher and Martin R. Pollner, I Leonard
A personality like Max - M.
appointments. There is growing
Fisher of Detroit might logically a New York law associate. He Nixon's New York law firm, is a
fear that he may have an import-
as buffers reportedly stated at that time that Jew who also took a prominent ant influence over certain cabinet
the Jewish community would have part at the top echelon of the selections."
President representation at the White House. Nixon campaign. He is expected
Pollner, who helped Fisher coor- to assume an important post in the
dinate Republican political efforts , new administration, possibly deal-
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
on issues involving Israel.
• among Jews, has been mentioned ' ing
with minority problems. Gar- 6—Friday, November 22, 1968
The last White House staff man as a logical choice to assume a
who held the status that the diplo- role somewhat like that once held ment
IF YOU TWIN THS
mats would prefer to have elimi- by Feldman on the White House
nated was Myer Feldman, who staff.
served as special counsel to Presi-
Fisher's friendship with Nixon,
MI MI DOWN YOU WONT
. servative newsletter "Human
dent Kennedy and, for a time, to his role in the United Jewish Ap- cans.
N1 A MOND WIND THAN
President Johnson. In addition to peal and support of Israel are well Events" assailed Garment in an
other duties, he advised on Ameri- known to the State Department. article headed "Liberal Noses in
Nixon Tent." It said that "There
can-Israeli relations and maintain-
St ate Department officials are are those who feel the President-
N a ia tonsher played a elect would do well to keep a wary
aw le arin
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R ebirth of Jewish Odtural Lif e
in Spain; Synagogue Is Started
NEW YORK — The building of laying of the foundation stone of
the first synagogue in Madrid the first synagogue in Madrid
since 1492 and the opening of a since the expulsion of Jews in the
kosher restaurant and hotel were 15th Century. He will consecrate
cited Monday as encouraging signs the synagogue Dec, 16.
towards the rebirth of Jewish life , Its first rabbi, Benito Garson.
in Spain. , born in Tetuan, Spanish Morocco,
These views were offered by , and ordained in London, has al-
the Haham, Rabbi Dr. Solomon ready been installed. He also re-
Gaon, chief rabbi of Sephardic ported the opening of the first
Congregations of the British Corn-; kosher restaurant in Madrid and
monvvealth and director of the i kosher hotel in Malaga.
Sephardic studies program at!
"There is on the part of the
Yeshiva University, at the fourth ; Spanish government," Dr. Gaon
a n n u a Sephardic Community ' said, "an attempt to aid Jews, in
Leadership Conference here.
immigrating to Spain from Mor-
Dr. Gaon's report to the more occo and from Egypt and other ,
than 200 rabbinic and lay leaders1 Arab lands. Provided the educa-
representing Sephardic (Jews of ; tional and spiritual facilities are
Spanish a n d Portugese origin)I made available, a Jewish cul-
communities in the United States; tural life can be rebuilt."
and Canada told of his part in,the I Dr. Gaon said that Max Mazine,
president of the Madrid Jewish
community, was trying to unite all
of the communities in Spain into
one association and had told him I
that he was confident for the fu-1
' ture of Spain's Jewish commu-
There are some 10-12,000 Jews,
mostly Sephardic, in Spain, living
in Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga.
They are generally business or
Before their expulsion, it was
estimated there were nearly 2,000,-
000 Jews in the country, with ma- I
jor centers of Jewish life in To-
ledo, Barcelona, Cordoba, Malaga I
The One and Only
Yeshiva University's Sephardic
studies program, unique in Ameri-
can education, seeks to train fu-
ture Sephardic leaders in preserv-
features "feel at home" at- ing and enriching Sephardic cul-
ture. It is estimated there are be-
mosphere and a casual manner. tween 60 to 100,000 Sephardic Jews
in the /United States, two thirds of
You are treated like an indi- whom live in the greater New
Shop In The
which Nixon pledged to tip the
Middle East power balance in
Israel's favor to deter aggres-
Career diplomats, among whom
there is a strong pro-Arab bias,
resented the Nixon position and its
indications that he would take a
strong hand against Arab aggres-
sion and Soviet penetration
Nixon appointed Fisher his spe-
cial adviser on urban and corn-
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