Thoughts, on the New Year 1970 State Dept. Says There Is No Deadline
By DAVID SCHWARTZ
on Decision WI tether to Aid Israel
One thing we would like to see
(Copyright, 1969, JTA, Inc.)
About 200 years ago, a young is that our colleges become more
Patrick Henry, made a quiet. We have been thinking of
speech in Virginia, which shook taking a few courses in subjects
up a good many people. He said in which we feel our education is
he knew of no way of judging the defective but a friend of ours who
future except by the past.
re . iistered for a course in French,
Jean Dixon has her way of judg- instead got hit in the eye.
ing the future, but she never pre-
We should also like to see a
dicted the coming of the Revolu- larger Israeli population. If Russia
tionary War. Patrick Henry did, allowed the Jews who want to leave
so we thought we would try his to do so, this would take place,
so we hope the years will show a
We went hack to the American liberalization of the Communist re-
Israelite of 1870, just a hundred ' , hue. The other day we read a
years back, The editor of the story about a young Jew in Russia
Israelite was Rabbi Isaac M. Wise, who was summoned to explain his
a leader of Reform Judaism, the opinion of the Russian treatment
founder of Hebrew Union College. of Czechoslavakia. "Well", he re-
He also ran a farm near Cincin- plied, "I agree fully with the offi-
cial statement of the government's
Rashi, the most famous of Bible view as expressed in the Commun-
ist organ, Pravda.•'
commentators, also was
A farm gives you a little of the
"But have you no personal opin-
kibutz idea. In Rabbi Wise's day, ion" he was asked.
there were fairly well-spread kib-
"Yes," he replied, "but I don't
utz ideas. Brook Farm and such agree with -that."
places about which Emerson and
Greeley were concerned, were —
really American kibutzim.
It was a great relief to look .
back at the Israelite of 1870. 1J
There wasn't a single murder or
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Four
mugging story in the paper. The
paper was published in Cincinnati. months after Prof. Shlomo Samu-
had his research work on en-
The Israelite was then running
serially Benjamin Disraeli's last vironmental physiology abruptly
by his being hijacked
novel, Lothair. Disraeli was the
Jewish prime minister of England. to Damascus. he has resumed his
Disraeli was the great Tory project in the department of phy-
leader—the arch conservative. siology at the Hebrew University-
There was living, at the same Hadassah Medical School.
Prof. Samueloff, accompanied by
time, Karl Marx, grandson of a
rabbi, who was not as proud of his wife, was warmly welcomed
being a Jew as Disraeli. Marx's by staff and students at a gather-
book, "Das Capital," wasn't -pub- ing in his laboratory. Among the
lished until 1873, but back in 1847, scores who drank a toast to his
he had shown he didn't like capi- safe return were two overseas
tal. In America, in 1847, a lot of medical students, Herbert Chin-
Americans were heading to the ianga of Rhodesia and Agis Anton-
California gold mines trying to dig opolous of Cyprus, both of whom
capital out of the ground, instead are studying under the guidance
of Prof. Samueloff.
of reading about it.
Prof. Samueloff recalled that
The Israelite of course had ar-
ticles about the ethics of Judaism one night in November-he dreamed
he returned to his depart-
and the holidays and the relation
ment and walked down the aisle to
of Judaism with Christianity. It
his laboratory, meeting many of
also had some news stories. One
his associates but "nobody asked
was about an appeal by Sir Moses
me what had happened".
Montefiore for the religious Jews
Next morning, he told Salah
who had gone to the Holy Land to
Mouallem, the other Israeli de-
spend their last days there and
tained in Damascus, of his
who were reported to be starving.
dream. Mouallem interpreted it
We found a little story about Ed-
as meaning that his staff had
mond de Leon, who had been U.S.
been thinking of him.
eensal general in Egypt, and who
Sure enough, the next day Prof.
was reported writing a novel about Samueloff received 25 letters, the
Egypt. Also there was a column largest correspondence he had had
of oddities. One of them was about at one time throughout his deten-
a song popular in London with the tion. Prof. Samueloff and Moual-
lem made a point of asking each
And the fact is, we all three saw, other each morning during their
I saw Esau kissing Kate
imprisonment not "How are you?"
For I saw Esau, he saw me
but "What did you dream?"
And she saw I saw Esau.
A special thanksgiving service
There was no Zionist movement. was held in the Chagall Synagogue
Theodor Herzl in 1870 was 10 of the Hadassah-Hebrew University
years old. Sam Gompers, who was Medical Center. Prof. Samueloff,
to lead the American Federation his wife and two daughters were
of Labor, was just old enough to flown back from Sinai, where they
cast his first vote. He was a cigar- attended a reception in an army
maker. There was no radio, of
course, but Heinrich Hertz, son of
In a short address, Prof. Samuel-
a Jewish father and Christian off, his voice choked with emotion,
mother, had proven there were
radio waves and paved the way thanked his friends and colleagues
for their welcome. He added:
for Marconi's wireless. There
"All the time we were in pri-
wasn't even the telephone yet.
son, we were sustained by the
no much has changed. We
that you were think-
everything except conviction
seem to have
about us and working for
the good nickel cigar which Vice ing
our release. I am thankful to the
President Marshall spoke about—
whole population of Israel. It is
and perhaps, what is more import-
a pity that a man has only one
ant, the good nickel.
heart—it seems impossible for
But if Henry's theory is correct,
if the past is any tip off of the one man to feel so much love
future, we may expect some very . and gratitude."
Samueloff, a physiologist, is pri-
great things in the future. There
marily interest in man's reaction
are many, of course, who look with
desert life, in how to best come
foreboding about the possibility of
has to terms with a hot, harsh environ-
an atomic war. The man who
devOted probably more study than I ment. And a large percentage of
anyone to this, Herman Kahn, is the Arab populations suffer because
optimistic. He thinks that no gov- they live in desert lands.
eminent is likely to start one for
the simple reason that the poison- I The Gertrude Kasle Gallery will
ing of the atmosphere would ruin exhibit paintings and collages by
the victor as well as the defeated. GRACE HARTIGAN, Jan. 1-28.
Let us hope so. Her work is in most major public
Einstein once said that it is not collections including the Museum
of Modern Art, the Metropolitan
unlikely that people give off a kind
Museum, the Whitney Museum of
of wave and he held that it was
American Art, the Art Institute of
not impossible that telepathy may
Chicago and Brandeis University.
become a proven fact. That would The gallery is open Monday through
be fine. Then we' wouldn't be able
11 a.m. to 5
_ to blame_ central for giving us the
Ilebreiv U. Lab
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Is-
raeli government is under an in-
correct impression if it believes
that there is a Dec. 31 deadline for
a United States decision on Israeli
Premier Golda Meir's personal
appeal to President Nixon for
more Phantom jets and financial
assistance, State Department offi-
THE _DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, December 26, 1969-9
Ismat Abdel Meguid said U.S.
policy encouraged Israel "to per
severe in her aggression and de-
fiance of UN resolutions." lle
dismissed the latest American
peace proposals as not compatible
with United Nations resolutions.
UNITED 00.0S • DETROIT. O S I • 42 PROOF
These officials said Israeli For-
eign Minister Ahba Ehan correctly
reported after meeting with Secre-
tary of State William P. Rogers
that the application remained
under consideration. But Israeli
leaders are under a misapprehen-
sion if they feel that a definite yes
or no answer will be forthcoming
by the end of this year, the sources
Authorities said it was unlikely
that - the complex situation would
permit a decision on Israel's
financial and defense require-
ments until some time in 1970.
Mrs. Meir had apparently gotten
an impression from President
Nixon during her visit earlier
this year that he would take final
action on the matter by the
One official said the decision
might be made "before the end of
the Jewish year — sometime next
summer" although he had no infor-
mation that any deadline had been
agreed by the President.
State Department officials said
that differences remained after the
Rogers-Eban talk. The differences
were said to be about the same as
those that existed before the meet-
ing. They were described as "sig-
nificant." U.S. action on Israeli
military and financial needs was
not depicted as being contingent
upon Israeli cooperation with Sec-
retary of State William P. Rogers'
policy on withdrawal from occu-
In London, an Egyptian govern-
ment spokesman attacked U.S.
Mid East policy encouraging Is-
raeli "aggression" but repeated
Egypt's support for the Big Four
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