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February 21, 1969 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-02-21

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Dayan Averts Split
in Coalition With
Berkman's 'Sabra' Characterizes
Appeal to Gahal

8—Friday, February 21, 1969

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israel Heroes in June '67 War

Ted Berkman will be remember-
ed as the author of "Cast a Giant
Shadow," the brilliantly told story
of General Mickey Marcus, the
American hero who assisted Is-
rael's forces in the redemption of
the New City of Jerusalem; a story
that made such an excellent movie.
Now Berkman presents us with a
magnificent account of the civilian
heroes of the Six-Day War, of the
Israelis who were in the back-
ground during that serious struggle
but who, in their way, were part
of the heroic era of state-saving.
In "Sabra," published by Harper
& Row, Berkman tells about the
families of the men who were at

TED BERKMAN

Jewish-Lutheran Talks
to Be Held in New York

NEW YORK (JTA)—More than
30 Jewish and Lutheran scholars
and theologians will meet here
March 6 for the first theological
consultation between the two
faiths, it was announced by the
American Jewish Committee and
the Lutheran Council, joint spon-
sors of the event.
Co-chairman of the meeting will
be Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, direc-
tor of inter-religious affairs of
the AJCommittee, and the Rev.
Dr. Paul D. Opsahl of the Lutheran
Council.

TEL AVIV (JTA)—An 11th hour
appeal for national unity by De-
fense Minister Moshe Dayan was
credited with averting a split in
the national coalition cabinet. But
some of Gen. Dayan's Labor
Party colleagues said it was un-
seemly for Gen. Dayan to have
intervened in the internal affairs
of Gahal, the Herut-Liberal parties
alignment.
Gahal, second largest party in
the government, voted 103-33 to
stay in the coalition. The ballot-
names of officers below top level. ing stemmed from dissatisfaction
Nevertheless the tales be relates with a remark attributed to Prime
are factual. In effect his book is Minister Levi Eshkol in a News-
a tribute to the Sabra — to the week magazine interview that Is-

the front as well as the courageous
defenders of Israel, about "the bril-
liance in leadership" and the "per-
formance of the untried Orientals"
who played so magnificent a role
in Israel's behalf; about parents
who were patient and were tested
and their children who evidenced
their determination in a period of
crisis.
In deference to Israel's army
policy, Berkman uses only first

native born Israeli—"not a vio-
lent man . . . only his surface is
prickly." His characterization is
a deeply moving description of
the element that fights for the
right to live in a free Jewish
society.
Berkman's account of the person-
alities who emerged in the June
1967 struggle are numerous—of the

professor, the pilot, the nurse, the
musician, the engineer. There is
the moving story of Eliezer the
Hasid, one about the mini-skirted
first lieutenant. The root of the
human episodes is unearthed in
every narration about everyone of
the characters who fuse in this
volume into a people at war that
strives for peace but battled for its
right to fredeom and equality
among men.
The author worked under great
difficulties, as a patient in three
hospitals, having escaped death
from land mines in Jerusalem and
in the Golan Heights.
He met his heroes in kibutz po-
tato fields, on buses, in hospitals,
in the embattled Sinai area. His
tape recorder was in constant use.
His rented Japanese sedan took
him places. But it also brought
him his troubles, his eye infection
that required surgery, illnesses
that handicapped but did not mar
his distinctive work. His "Sabra"
is an outstanding description of the
courageous men and women on and
off the battlefields who make up
the Israeli population that has a
determination to live.

Crack Golani Brigade in Training

rael did not wish to retain the

heavily populated Arab centers of
the West Bank. Gahal is opposed
to withdrawal from the occupied

territories.
Gen. Dayan, in an unprecedent-
ed appearance, urged alignment
leaders to avert "a tremendous
blow to Israel's capacity to face
the grave challenges ahead."
Menahem Begin, leader of the
militant nationalistic Herut faction,
said Gen. Dayan's appearance in-
fluenced the vote. Sources close to
Gen. Dayan said his plea was
made as a cabinet member, not as
a party member. Had Gahal left
the government, the remaining
coalition partners would have still
commanded 106 seats in the 120-
member Knesset. Gahal has 22

Knesset seats.

Ex-Mayor Sees Trouble
for Canadian Jews;
Halifax Confrontation

TORONTO (JTA)—Fears for the
future of Canadian Jewry in the
face of increasing disunity m the

nation over the provincial separa-
tist movement — particularly in
Quebec—was voiced here by the
former Jewish mayor of Toronto.
Philip Givens, now a Liberal
member of Parliament, told a
Bnai Brith regional council meet-
ing, "People tell us that we Jews
are paranoid. We live in times
reminiscent of the 1930s. The whole
fabric of our country is at stake
and seems to be coming apart at
the seams. We Jews have learned
by experience that when anything
happens to disunity a country, we
are the minority group that suffers

first."
Concern was voiced at the
meeting over the growth of
black anti-Semitism, particularly
in the port city of Halifax where
the Bnai Brith Anti-Defamation
League was investigating black
militant accusations that Jew-
ish "slumlords" own most of the
Negro ghettos.
Allan Grossman, Ontario minis-
ter of correctional services, agreed

Amidst mounting tensions, this crack Golani Brigade is training
for Israel's defense. The Israeli troop carrier is shown here along a
road in the Judean Desert.

with Givens that there was cause
for alarm. "It may be that we are
at the 11th hour now as Jews and
as Canadians," he said, predicting
that conditions would worsen be-
fore improving.
Arthur Harris, chairman of the
event, expressed concern that Can-
ada might import from the United
States violent clashes between
races and ethnic groups. "The per-
centage of Negroes is higher in
Halifax than it is in Omaha or
Minneapolis," he said. The black
accusation of Jewish slumlord-ship
in Halifax had a "frigteningly fam-
iliar ring," he said.

Govt. Treasury to Foot Bill of Party Campaigns
JERUSALEM — A "wall-to-wall" by David Ben-Gurion, who
coalition was formed in the Knes- yet decided whether he will has
set during the debate on the motion pate in the elections. Even pa if
that the government treasury foot does, he will have no part of
the bills for all expenses which will "unholy money," he said.
be incurred by the various parties
during the forthcoming elections to
The next hundred dollars he
the Knesset. Right and left, relig-
will not be worth more than
ious and free thinkers—all united that
he
in support of this proposaL The Thoreau: used to get.—Henry Da
motion was made by "Maarakh":
Gahal, Mizrachi, Mapam, Aguda
YOU mud THE
and the Communists.
The government will give
120,000 Israel pounds to each of the
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120 deputies to be elected to the
AM A NOW WOO MAO
Knesset. For example, the United
Labor Party will receive 63 times
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120,000 pounds; Gahal — 26 times
-
120,00 pounds. The only dissenting
Was Wiessies..Delreit, Mick
vote against the proposal was cast

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