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November 07, 1969 - Image 35

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-11-07

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Government of :National Unity to Continue I
on Basis of Outgoing Government's Platform

"degradation of the nation's honor," single seat. The party favors an
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The su- said a cable from the Union of outright expansionist policy.
preme political committee of the Orthodox rabbis of the U.S. and
Begin was more sanguine about


Friday, November 7, 1969-35

Egyptian Commandos Kill 4 Israelis

TEL AVIV ;JTA) — Egyptian
Labor - Mapam alignment voted Canada, the Grand Rabbis of the meaning of the returns. He in- commandos crossed the Suez Canal
Monday 8-4 to continue, the Gov- America and the Rabbinical Alli- terpreted them as pointing to in- and ambused an Israeli armed pa-
ernment of National Unity in the ance of America.)
creased public acceptance of trol Wednesday morning.
seventh Knesset on the basis of the
The Israel Broadcasting Author- Gahal's no-return policy on the
An Israeli military spokesman
outgoing government's platform.
ity has bitterly protested the La- territories and said they showed said two Israeli soldiers were
The committee also voted to bor Party's decision on the issue, that the Knesset would now contain killed, two were wounded and one
have the right-wing Gahal Party, and its director and several mem- a majority "opposed to the reparti- was missing. lie said the attack
the main opposition party, which bers have threatened to resign if tion of the Land of Israel." He in- occurred at about 8 a.m. local
won 26 Knesset seats in the Oct. they are overruled by the cabi- dicated that he planned to exercise tune, north of Port Tewfik and
28 election, represented in the cab- net. The broadcasting authority political leverage by announcing was accompanied by an Egyptian
inet in proportion to its seats in is a quasipublic body whose mem- that his party need not enter into mortar barrage from the west
the 120-member parliament.
hers represent government bodies, the broad-based national coalition shores of the canal.
Mrs. Meir and other Labor but it is supposed to function in- to which Mrs. Meir committed La-
Two other Israeli soldiers were
Party leaders are making strenu- dependently under Israeli law. bor before the election, and if in-
killed by Egyptian fire along the
ous efforts to reconcile Mapam
President Zalman Shazar began vited it would pose two main con-
consultations last Saturday with ditions.
canal Tuesday, one in the northern
and Gahal.
Mapam said it would agree to representatives of the various
Begin said that an agreed coati- section near Kantara and the
Gahal's participation in a national factions and will decide next week tion program would have to be other near the southern end of
government which it would con- which party he will ask to form a worked out in advance. The sec-
the waterway.
sider to be an emergency body, new government. It is a foregone and condition would be that Gahal
A military spokesman in Cairo
but pointed out that its allegiance conclusion that he will designate must be given cabinet posts in ac-
to cabinet policy covers only se- Mrs. Meir's Labor Party. The of- I cordance with its proportional claimed that nine Israeli soldiers
killed, including an officer,
curity, foreign policy and budget ficial election results are to be strength. This was taken to mean
matters. Gahal has demanded four gazetted today. that Gahal would not be satisfied in the commando attack and that
Gahal's success was not con- , with its present two posts of mini- one wounded Israeli was taken
portfolios in a new cabinet, at
fined to the national scene. It
least two of them in first line
without portfolio. At Labor- prisoner. According to Cairo, the
won the mayoral contests in ster
"social" and "economic" minis-
Mapam headquarters there was al commandos destroyed two Israeli
half tracks and a tank. The Egyp-
teries. It has also demanded cer-
feeling that the second condition ,
in Nathanya, Safad, Ashdod, might be tougher to fulfill than tians claimed that all of their com-
tain changes in the policies of
Kiryat Malachi and Rishon Le- the first—that Gahal would de- mandos returned safely to their
the outgoing government and on
bases .
several points of internal policy.
ma nd five minis ries. Moshe Ko 1
Two Arabs were injured in He-
vote, announced by the Central of
The Labor Party's political bu-
the Independent Liberal Party, bron Tuesday when a hand gre-
reau deliberated for over five
long a Labor ally , said that his fac- nade thrown at an Israeli border
th eL abor-Mapam a gnmen
t rep- ti
hours Tuesday and nominated Mrs.
on would be happy to keep its police vehicle exploded under their
resentation in the Knesset to
Meir as the candidate to head the
tourism and de-
de- car.
56 seats from the 58 that they two
next government. inc party de-
elopment—which he heads. But
The attack, the second in four
cided to delay negotiations with appeared to have won. Gahal
in view of
f its h
o ld
on on y l our
f days occurred a t th e entrance to
Gahal until its difficulties with too dropped from 27 to 26 seats.
seats, this development was con- the Old City. Hebron has been un-
Mapam are resolved.
sidered unlikely by some analysts.

The so-called State List of
The four opposing the political
Observers felt that the main
committee proposal included two former Prime Minister Ben-Gurion stumbling block on the road to
members of the Abdut Ha Avo- , went from three to four seats. formation of a renewed grand
da faction of the Labor . Party, There were no changes in other coalition will not be questions
Agriculture Minister Haim factions.- But the total number of of foreign policy and peace, for
Gvati and the Mapam represent- seats so far allocated amounts to Gahal generally agrees with the
ative. Later in a radio and tele• 118. The remaining two are ex-
of stand taken before the formation
vision interview, veteran Mapam pected to go to one or more
Cen- of Mrs . Meir's government fol-
leader Meir Yaari hinted that the three smallest lists—Free
lowing the death this year of
his party might not accept align- ter, Haolam Hazeh
Premier Levi Eshkol.
meat discipline on the matter. Communists—when the balance of
The principal division of opinion
He said, however, that he would soldiers' votes and those casts by may
occur instead over economic
Israeli sailors at sea are counted. questions,
have to consult with his party.
which did not figure in
The political committee elected The final count in the Jerusalem
way in the pre-elec-
a subcommittee to begin cabinet- municipal elections gave Mayor tion campaign, with the Marxist
making negotiations with other Teddy Kollek's Labor alignnment
Mapam on one end of the coali-
parties, beginning with the Na. 31 seats on the City Council. Gahal tion and the free enterprise Gahal
tional Religious Party, which has won 16 against a total of 13 for on the other, analysts say.
picked up another seat in vote the three religious factions--NRP
The three main blocs—Labor,
counting and now has 12—one Agudat Israel and Peale Agudat
list, the Iraqi Im- Gahal and religious — all claimed
more than in the outgoing Knes- mierants Party, received one seat. that the 120th seat, whose future


Secretary of State Dean Acheson

sharply criticized Israel Sunday

as being "inflexible" on the Arab
refugee problem from the earliest
days of its statehood
Acheson appeared on the na-
tionally televised ABC program
"Issues and Answers." He said
that as secretary of state during
the Truman administration, he
had envisaged later difficulties
arising from the refugee problem.
but that the Israelis would not




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included the Independent Liberals

than 14 days after the election.
and the small Orthodox faction, policies of the Laborites.

(A typical reaction to the out-
Agudat Israel. The Orthodox
member come was expressed in the New
tional Religious Party, a
was York Times editorial which said
of the old Tel Aviv coalition,
that Premier Golda Meir "lost
piqued over not having been in-
to proponents of a harder
vited into the new city government. ground
line. The vote reflects an ominous
Only the last-minute intervention shift in Israeli public opinion to-
of Labor Party Secretary General ward the minority who favor out-
Pincus Sapir prevented the religi- right annexation of occupied terri-
ous bloc from passing a resolution
Tuesday night to start negotiations
said that the added
with Gahal and the Ben-Gurion list strength for David Ben-Gurion
for a new coalition excluding labor. could hardly reflect a rightist
In order to save Tel Aviv for
drift since only the previous
Mayor Rabinowitz, the Labor
weekend he told the Paris press
Party is expected to court the
that Israel should, in the inter-
NRP even more strenuously on
ests of peace, return all of the
the cabinet level. It was re-
occupied territories except for
ported, however, that the Labor
East Jerusalem and the Golan
Party threatened to rescind its
Heights. He also said Sharm el-
ban on Sabbath television broad-
Sheikh should be abandoned
casts if the NRP joined Gahal
once a peace treaty was signed
in an anti-labor Tel Aviv coali-
and free passage through the
of Tiran was assured.
(Four Orthodox rabbinical or- Strait
One factor which tended to cast
ganizations in the United States
cabled a protest against Sabbath doubt on the validity of Begin's Israel Prime Minister Golda
television to Mrs. Meir, Interior views on public favor for a hard Meir casts her ballot in the gen-
question was
Minister Shapiro and Dr. Zorach line on the territorial
th newly-formed eral election. She will ' again
ballig, minister of religious the inability of
affairs. Saturday TV would mean Land of Israel Party to gain a head Israel's government.


heed his advice.

was still in doubt in computer

ceptance by the electorate of a tared every election in the past 12
The situation was complicated
hard line shift to the right on the years but has never gotten 1 per
by the collapse of the Labor Party's question of the future of the occu- cent. Land of Israel got about .8
coalition government in Tel Aviv.
per cent and Peace List got .45
put together pied territories.
That shaky edifice,
On the contrary, they said, the per cent.
under Laborite Mayor
projected final results indicate that ; A new cabinet does not assume
Rabinowitz, lasted for 40 hours. although the Labor Party-Mapam power until given a vote of confi-
It was based on a Labor Yehoshua
majority alignment dropped from its abso- , dence by the new Knesset. The
of one seat in the 31-member city lute majority of 63 seats. the na- 1 Knesset must meet within 14 days
council, that of the Ben-Gurion
tion had by its ballots given firm after the official announcement of
State List's sole candidate, and
support to the foreign and security the election results Iiit not earlier

minutes. One of the targets was
opposite the Beisan Valley; the
other two were in the Jordan rift.

: UN 3-8982 UN 3-5730.1-
Israel 'Inflexible' on Issue tik-*********************It
of Refugees—Acheson

Kollek favors a coalition made up
measure of the importance to of
projections, would be theirs. The
all parties.
the Labor Party in bringing the
Most Israeli political commen- Land of Israel, Peace List and
NRP into a broad-based coalition tators
were in disagreement with Young Israel factions have con-
was indicated Monday by the La- i
the prevailing interpretation of the 1 ceded that they did not reach the
bor-Mapam alignment's acceptance , national
per cent of the total vote re-
elections results in fore-
of an NRP request to rescind an in newspapers.
They maintained quired to win a seat. Young Israel,
earlier cabinet decision permitting
also-ran, is a list of
that the increase in Gahal seats in
television broadcasts on Friday
reflect ac- Oriental immigrants which has en-
the new Knesset did not re


der a 12-hour night curfew since
Saturday when two Israeli soldiers
were killed in a terrorist attack.
More than 50 local residents have
been arrested.
Israel Air Force jets attacked
three guerrilla bases in Jordan
Monday and returned safely to
their bases, a military spokesman
announced. The attacks lasted 30


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