Hebrew U. Organizes Sinai Expedition to Research the Peninsula in Depth
JERUSALEM — Hebrew Univer-
sity scientists recently conducted
a series of investigations in the Si-
Geologists and botanists of the
university, together with non-uni-
versity hydrologists, conducted a
preliminary survey of the Sinai
Peninsula two weeks after the Six-
Day War. During the survey, the
proposal was raised for a thorough
investigation of the peninsula. This
proposal was first put into effect
in May last year.
Participants include researchers
from the Geological Survey of
sional quarters friendly to Israel
said Israel's "first credibility gap"
bad developed in the handling of
reports on Israeli commando strike
into southern Egypt. The Congress-
men, who asked not to be quoted
by name to avoid offending some
constituents, said that the official
Israeli communique .first reported
heavy damage done to an Egyptian
dam, a bridge and electric power
lines, but commentators later
"backtracked" with a different
story that the raid was aimed at
inflicting psychological rather than
The Congressmen put the blame
on Premier Golda Meir's office,
not the Israeli armed forces. One
Congressman said in a cloakroom
comment that Israeli politicians
were getting involved "in the
same kind of publicity game play-
ed by the El Fatah, involving ex-
aggerated actions and phony
raids." He said, "The politicians in
Israel are taking over from the
military men and we don't know
what to believe." The criticism
emanated from legislators who
have high respect for the efficiency
and reliability of the Israeli mili-
tary forces and who feel the com-
mando raid was fully justified. But
they were dismayed when Israeli
announcements of a damaging
strike were followed by dispatches
from foreign correspondents who
said they saw no evidence of the
claimed damage when they flew
over the target area.
(Thomas B. Ross reported in the
Chicago Sun-Times, in a cable
from Beirut, that "Western mili-
tary intelligence strongly discounts
President Nasser's claims that the
United Arab Republic has destroy-
ed 60 per cent of the Israeli for-
tifications along the Suez Canal.
It also disputes Nasser's conten-
tion that the UAR planes can now
penetrate into Israeli airspace.")
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Israel, Tel Aviv University and
Bar-Ilan University. The investiga-
tion is headed by Prof. Michael
Evenari, of the university's de-
partment of botany, and Prof.
Yaacov Bentor, head of the univer-
sity's department of geology.
There are two permanent
camps at the disposal of the re-
search expeditions, one at Sharm
el Sheikh and the other at Abu
Rudeis. These camps provide
the research teams with trans-
port, drivers, signallers, cooks
and everything else involved in
the performance of the scien-
tific work and the provision of
A Sabra on Wall Street
This sabra did make it. And he
has not forgotten Israel. He has
(Copyright, 1969. JTA, Inc-)
6100,000 for the Israel Art
Meshullam Riklis, one of the big
men on Wall Street, about whom Museum, $500,000 for an Israeli
everyone has been hearing of late, opera building and so on. The He-
is a sabra. He did not intend to brew papers are full of his story.
become a Hebrew teacher. lie
Israel has its own Horatio Alger.
came to America to continue his
He knew the Hebrew saying "Im
ayn kemay, ayn Tora," "If there is Seen Ready to Form
no flour (for eating) there is no Partnership With WZO
Tora." So he went to Minneapolis,
NEW YORK (JTA) — Louis A.
the home of Pillsbury granaries,
Pincus, chairman of the executive
and flour center of the country.
Minneapolis reminded the young of the Jewish Agency, said here
sabra a little of Israel. Minneapolis that he had been gratified by the
has a Jewish mayor but most of understanding shown by Jewish
the people speak Scandinavian organizations in this country and
their readiness to enter into part-
tongues or English.
The Scandinavians are friendly nership with the World Zionist Or-
to the Jews. Most of the Jews get ganization in a revamped Jewish
their Nobel Prizes from the Scan- Agency in which the organizations
dinavians. The Scandinavians, like responsible for raising funds for
the Israelis, have their own coun- Israel purposes would be repre-
tries, Sweden, Norway and Den- sented on an equal basis with the
mark, but like the Israelis, they WZO.
He said that a broad basis of
like to come to America. It should
agreement had been reached in
be said also that Israel is very
this country and abroad on par-
fond of the Scandinavian countries.
ticipation and reported that the
It receives an unusually large num-
reorganization plan would be
ber of Scandinavian tourists and a
good many Scandinavians have en- submitted to the Zionist Actions
Committee, ruling body of the
joyed kibutz life. They enjoy novel
things more than most people and WZO between Congresses, in
seem to have taken a fancy to the
Pincus expressed confidence the
kibutz. They are thinking of add-
would receive a substantial
ing kibutz to smorgasbord.
Riklis, on arriving in Minne- majority in the Actions Commit-
apolis, got a job as Hebrew teacher tee after which, he said, actual
with the Minneapolis Talmud Tora, negotiations on formation of a 300-
which has always been one of the member Jewish Agency Assembly
best Talmud Toras in the country. could be begun.
The new organization could be-
We cannot say just how a He-
brew teacher manages to make the come operative, he said, within
big jump to Wall St. high finance. six months.
The World Zionist Organization
What did he use for capital? Prob-
ably his knowledge of Hebrew was would elect half the members of
a help. It showed him that really the assembly and the fund-raising
you don't need capital to begin.
organizations the other half. The
In English, every sentence begins assembly would be responsible for
with a capital letter. Not so in adoption of the Jewish Agency
Hebrew. There is no capitalization budget and for the election of the
in Hebrew. And if you need a few executive.
of the things that one normally
The World Zionist Organization
expresses in numbers, in Hebrew would elect its own executive and
numbers are expressed in letters. would continue its specifically
So the capital problem is solved. Zionist tasks, but the two execu-
Furthermore, Hebrew starts from tives would have the same chair-
the right. You do not start from man.
the left and go to the right as you
The Jewish Agency official
do in English. Obviously, starting stressed that the reorganization
out right from the beginning is plan would give to the Jewish lead-
always an advantage.
ership responsible for fund-raising
Perhaps, too, being a sabra also for Israeli purposes "ground level"
helps. A sabra (or cactus plant) participation in the decision-mak-
grows in the desert without water, ing processes and thus a voice in
so being a sabra you learn to do the expenditure of the funds which
without a lot of things.
they had helped to raise.
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
26—Friday, May 16, 1969
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The first year of investigation
will terminate in about a month.
The east and west coasts of Sinai
and the central mountains were
investigated during this period.
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Twenty to 30 persons go to Sinai
in each expedition. They are di-
vided into teams of three to four
each, departing from base camp
to the advance camps, staying
there for days and weeks on end.
They are accompanied by bedouin.
The scope of the investigation
covers close to 50 research pro
jects, including 17 research sub-
jects in geology, seven in zoology,
five in geography (of which two
are connected with climatology),
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