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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-03-14

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army where he served as adviser
NEW YORK—General Uzi Nar- al, middle-class businessmen and
to the then Chief of Staff General
Moshe Dayan. In this capacity he
brilliant military records and liber- cial workshops for these groups was heavily responsible for much
ator of Jerusalem in the Six-Day during the day-long gathering.
of the planning and carrying out
War, will address the annual Aliya
A special workshop for youth, of the Sinai Campaign. Later as
Conference of the Zionist Organiza-
students and young professionals commanding officer of the central
tion of America, March 30, at the
will be held at the conference military region, General Narkiss
Park Sheraton Hotel.
which runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 was also in charge of operations
The appearance of General Nar- p.m. Speakers at this workshop in the Jerusalem area during the
kiss, now director general of the will be Olga Rachmilevitch, con- Six-Day War and the captUre of the
department of immigration and
sultant on youth and aliya; and Old City of Jerusalem fell to the
absorption of the Jewish Agency,
David Kass, president of Masada forces under his command.
was announced by Jacques Torczy- of ZOA.
ner, ZOA president.
Gen. Narkiss, founder comman-
According to Torczyner, the con- der of Israel's National Defense Center Conference Set
NEW YORK—A conference of
ference is being held to promote College, fought in Palmach, Israel's
aliya and to encourage Americans first commando group during and Jewish center and YM-YWHA
after World War II and later in executives and key lay leaders to
to settle in Israel.
consider the changing nature of the
Samuel Wigder, national chair- Israel's War of Independence. In issues which centers encounter in
man of the ZOA aliya committee, the 1948 War his unit captured their involvement with the urban
will preside at the conference being much of the . Negev and Eilat. In crisis is being convened by the Na-
held to discuss all aspects of 1953, he studied at France's famed tional Jewish Welfare Board on
American aliya to Israel, includ- Military Academy, L'Ecole de March 25 and 26 at JWB head-
ing absorption, housing and em- Guerre, and in 1955 was assigned
ployment prospects for profession- to the general staff of the Israeli quarters here.

kiss, holder of one of Israel's most senior citizens. There will be spe-

Boris Smolar's

'Between You
and Me'

...

(Copyright 1969, JTA Inc-)

By BORIS SMOLAR

, .

Gen. Uzi Narkiss to Address Aliya Parley March 30

Friday, March 14, .1969-11

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

(Copyright 1969, JTA, Inc.)

WASHINGTON ECHOES: A pro-Arab atmosphere apparently aimed
at influencing the Nixon administration is being stimulated in Washing-
tion by "scientific evaluations" of American interests in the Middle East.
The first such study, to be followed by others, is now being distributed
among influential people by a group known as the American Enter-
: prise Institute for Public Policy Research.
Although this Washington group advertises itself as a "non-partisan
Organization," its analysis creates quite a different impression. It be-
gins by asserting that there is "growing disquiet" in this country over
the "failure of the United States to find a way to maintain its "tradi-
= tional friendship with the peoples and governments of the Middle East."
It refers to -"experts" on the Middle East—but does not name any of
these experts—who allegedly "expressed their concern" even prior to
,tjie Arab-Israeli Six-Day War. And it claims that "many" scholars-
, again unnamed—consider the United States now to be at its "all-time
low" in prestige and influence in the Arab countries.
American oil interests loom high in the study as an argument why
the United States must become more friendly with the Arabs. The
study goes out of its way to stress that the United States has now
"uncommonly difficult balance-of-payment" problems which threaten
its domestic economy as well as its world trade position. It then claims
that America has a net dollar inflow from trade and investments in
the Arab states running at a rate of $1,700,000,000 per year, even after
deducting the economic aid which the American government gives to
Arab countries. The implication is clear.

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its effort to bring the interests of the Ameri-
. OIL INTERESTS: In
can' oil firms into sharp focus in the. Arab-Israel conflict, the Washing-
ton.research group asserts that nearly half of all 1966' United States
income from direct investments in foreign petroleum came from the
Middle East. It claims that this amounted to $850,000,000 and represents
21•per cent of U.S. income received from all direct foreign investments
in that year. .
The group's report paints a picture aimed to show that reserves of
oil in the United States are declining at a time.wben. the Arab countries
the known fiee-
iu.the Middle East and North Africa havr7Vper cent o
• world oil reserves. Oil-produced by American companies in these Arab
countries is sold principally to Japan and West Europe; half of the oil
Moving in world trade is foreign oil produced and sold by American
firms.
In addition to trying to impress Americans with the role which
Arab oil plays in the American economy, the report seeks to stimulate
pro-Arab sentiments also by asserting that "thousands of Americans"
work for the oil companies, shipping firms and airlines doing business
with the Arab countries in the Middle East. It speaks of "millions of
stockholders" who help provide the capital for the American companies
to invest in the oil industry in Arab lands. "They all have a direct eco-
nomic interest in preserving a relationship between the United States
and the Middle East that has proved beneficial to all concerned," the
report asserts.
The report deals also with the strategic importance of the Middle
East to the United States. It quotes a former charge d' affaires of the
U.S. Embassy in Cairo, David Nes, as declaring last August that even
in this nuclear age, the strategic significance of the Middle East is
"far more important in defense of Western interests than the area to
which the United States has presently committed more than a half a
million fighting men." In other words, it is strategically more impor-
tant than Vietnam.
Determined to stimulate Americans to think in more pro-Arab
terms, the report says in a tone that sounds like open propaganda: "if
one accepts the proposition that the United States has important inter-
the Middle East whose loss could have significantly painful
ests in
effects on all the American people, the uneasiness among those who
most closely follow the deterioration of the American positiOn may
deserve more attention."

Geiqman Bank to Invest $25 Million in Israel;
Exports of Farm Produce, Wine Make News

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Hesselbach, ord $130,000,000, $15,000,000 more
TEL AVIV—Walter
chai4man of the German Trade than during 1967.
Citrus fruit is still the most im-
:' ,Unioti Bank, announced plans to
inve9t $25,000,000 hi Israel enter- portant single item, with 1968
priscis. In part these investments sales totaling some $80,000,000.
will be made in Cooperation with Next in importance, and expanding
the Histadrut, the Israeli trade rapidly, are subtropical fruit, and
unit*, and its economic enter- especially avocado produce.
-The government's Agrexco, the
priSip. Other projects are in part-
Agricultural Export Corp., oper-
nersh ip with private firms, Ger-
ates five special ships and has
manrs well as Israeli.
On of the projects included is chartered flights from Israel to the
the establishment, together with major European centers.
Six major Israeli producers of
the Histadrut, of a chain of popu-
lar-Mice tourist hotels, to be loc- wines and alcoholic beverages have
set
up a joint export marketing
ated Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and
organization, it was announced by
the
ministry of commerce and in-
Meanwhile, it was announced
lood products division. A
thaPsrael exports of farm pro- dustry7s-
common- -.trade mark will be
duce- during 1968 -reached- a -rec- adopted- for these foreign sales.
.Medijuice Ltd., a major Israel
exporter of citrus products, has
___ _accepted responsibility for the
joint company's sales abroad, and
a first year volume of $500,000
has reportedly already been as-
sured in addition to present an-
nual wine sales of $1,000,000.

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