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July 10, 1970 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-07-10

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Jean Larteguy's 'The Walls of Israel,'
Dramatic Account of 6-Day Conflict

Every new approach to the
events that marked the era of
the brief but very serious Arab-
Israel conflict of June, 1967, adds
to an understanding of the Middle

Orthodox Rabbis
to Fight New Left;
Students Answer

convention of Orthodox rabbis here
declared war on radical extrem-
ists of the New Left whom they
assailed as "tactically anarchistic,
politically facistic and morally
Rabbi Bernard L. Berzon, newly
elected president of the Rabbinical
Council of America, announced at
the Rabbinical Council of Ameri-
can convention the establishment
of a Council of Orthodox University
Professors to "fight the negative
influence of the New Left on Jew-
ish youth on college campuses."
Rabbi Berzon told the SOO rab-
bis the council will "develop
lines of communication with col-
lege youth" and will publish lit-
erature on the compatibility of
traditional Judaism to modern
life and its relevance to young
The purpose of the council is to
"rescue" Jewish youths who have
been wooed by the programs of
the New Left and subscribe to its
anti-Israel views.
Rabbi Berzon said that mem-
bers of the Council of Orthodnx
Professors, now in formation will
include: Dr. Emmanuel Rackznan,
professor of political science at
Yeshiva University and coordina,
for of Jewish studies at New York
University; Dr. Walter Wurzber-
ger, editor of the Orthodox mag-
azine, "Tradition" and a profes-
sor at Yeshivah University; Dr.
Norman Lamm and Dr. Joseph
Grtmblatt, both of Yeshiva Uni-
versity; and Dr. Bernard Lander
of Hunter College.
Tw6 Orthodox graduate stu-
dents, asked to express their
views, chided the body of rabbis
for failing to answer religious
and social problems.
They cited issues like draft
counseling, the war in Vietnam,
sex and drugs.
Robert Goldman, a graduate stu-
dent at Brandeis University and
a graduate of Yale University said,
"The influence of the rabbinate
among Jewish students has been
eroded by the lack of concern for
many of these daily issues that
are faced by the students who must
live in a secular environment."
Rabbi Berzon urged Premier
GoIda Meir of Israel not to yield
to "pressure" from non - Orthodox
Jewish groups here and in Israel
who, he complained, are seeking
recognition of conversions to Juda-
ism not in accordance with Jew-
ish rabbinical law.
Rabbi Berzon declared that
"such diluted conversions distort
Jewish law and undermine the
unity of the Jewish people"
throughout the world.
Warning against tampering
with or changing the meaning of
Jewish religious laws concern-
ing conversions, he aserted: "To
sanction such tenuous conver-
sion is to accelerate the assimi-
lationist process which has al-
ready reached alarming propor-
Rabbi Berzon expressed dis-
satisfaction with an amendment to
Israel's Law of Return, passed by
the Knesset last March, which de-
fined a Jew as person born of a
Jewish mother or converted to
He said that while the definition
was in accordance with IIalakha,
religious law, the amendment was
faulty because it did not limit con-
versions to Orthodox practitioners
of Halakha.He contended that con-
versions performed by non - Ortho-
dox rabbis were "invalid."

East situation.
"The Walls of Israel" by the
French journalist Jean Larteguy is
such a book. Its approach has all
the elements of adventure and ex-
citement and the dramatic fashion
of its descriptive powers explains
why the French edition sold 80,000
' Published by M. Evans Co. of
New York and distributed by J. B.
Lippincott Co., of Philadelphia,
translated from the French by Or-
monde de Kay, Jr., this volume has
the special attraction of being both
an account of the war, a descrip-
tion of the men who were in the
people's army that fought in Is-
rael's defense and the historical
events that surrounded the actions
Interspersed with the recorded
narration of the actions in the
war are historic references
which, as a total account of the
events, form a history as well as
a war story.
Supplementing t h e fascinating
tale written by Larteguy is a fore-
word by Israel Defense Minister
Moshe Dayan who explains the ab-
sence of class distinction in the Is-
rael army, the democratic aspects
of his country's military leader-
ship, and his comment:
"That is the secret of our army's
strength. R remains as incompre-
hensible to the Egyptians as it did
to their,Soviet instructors . . . "

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The Larteguy story could well
rang among the best of the Six-
Day War stories because of its
splended portrayal of Israers
military leaders as well as the
privates. And his comprehension
o f the historic background is su-
Furthermore, there are three ap-
pendixes that add immeasurably
to an understanding of the events
under description. In the first,
"The Jewish Military Spirit of the
Bible," he deals with David and
the Ammonites and Gideon's cam-
paign against the Mideonites. The
second appendix describes Israel's
frontiers. For an understanding of
Israel's position in relation to the
country's enemies and the resist-
ance against the defenders of the
Jewish state, the author presents
in the third appendix an explana-
tion of the El Fatah.
Larteguy's review of Israel's po-
sition includes a lengthy study of
the nation's advanced intelligence
service and is a high commenda-
tion of the leadership of Israel
Harel in that field.
"The Walls of Lsrael" therefore
is a magnificent story of a war
and the warriors and the area in-
volved, with special emphasis on
recorded Jewish history. The he-
roes emerge as most tmusual hu-
mans in a struggle for survivaL
Larteguy portrayed the man and
the events in skillful fashion_ P.S.


357 _0300

(COPPright 19711, JTA. inc.)

The financial troubles of the
Pennsylvania Central Railroad is
not exactly the kind of problem
one would expect the Israelis to
worry about these days. Yet the
stories of the big American rail-
road's bankruptcy were prominent-
ly sdisplayed in the Israel press,
for`two different reasons. First,
because it was a story widely
associated here with reports about
the crisis symptoms in the U.S.
economy, and second, because
Israelis have their own railroad
The Pennsylvania R a ilroad
story was of special interest be-
cause it came simultaneously with
reports that the Israel Ministry of
Transport, which runs the state-
owned railways, wants to eliminate
passenger trains and concentrate
on freight. At the moment they
want to stop passenger trains only
between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem,
but later they want to drop passen-
ger service also on other lines and
ultimately even on the popular
Haifa-Tel Aviv run.
The reason, as everywhere in
the world, is financial. Passenger
service is not profitable. In Israel,
too, it is a vicious circle: the serv-
ice is not good enough to attract
passengers to cover running costs.
Because it runs at a deficit, there
is no money for 'investments need-
ed to improve the service to gen-
erate enough traffic to make it
profitable. Nowhere is this more
evident than on the Tel Aviv-
Jerusalem line. While buses make
the trip between the two cities in
about one hour and 10 to 15 min-

Moslem Imam Regrets

ACRE—When Emanuel-Nairn Na-
kibli was 14, he fled to Syria fol-
lowing a quarrel in the family, one
of the oldest and most prominent
Jewish families in Palestine.
He died here recently, his title
the Moslem Imam of Acre. After
attending the El Azhar religious
university in Egypt, Emanuel re-
turned to Palestine in the 1930s and
married a Moslem woman.
His regret was that there would
be no one to say the kadish for
him, just as he had failed to do
so for his own father. But his
last words before death, he said,
would be the Shema.

ute_s, the train trip should take
an hour-and-a-half but usually
takes 15 to 20 minutes more than
that Trains must slow down be-
cause the old rails, first laid down
by the Turks before World War I,
are being replaced by modern high-
speed rails at a snail's pace dic-
tated by the minimal budgets avail-
able for modernization. And when
they finally arrive in Jerusalem,
trains come to a stop at an ancient
station distinguished by being in-
conveniently located for every-
body—whether he wants the busi-
ness, residential or government
sections in both the Jewish and
the Arab parts of the city.
No wonder that of the 10,000 to
12,000 people who travel between
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem on an av-
erage day, only about 10 per cent
take the train. The rest go by
bus, private car or "sherut"
The railroad management claims
that if it only ceased being run
as a government department and
become a public company, much,
if not most, of the problems could
be solved.

Europe Urged to Help
U.S. in Middle East

LONDON (JTA)—"There is a
grave danger that with Russian
troops in Egypt the Russians
might try to hold Europe for ran-
som," Senator Jacob Javits told a
press conference, here adding that
America "obviously" would not
let this happen.
The Republican senator from
New York arrived in London from
Brussels where he had partici-
pated at the meeting of the politi-
cal commission of the North At-
lantic Treaty Organization.
Sen. Javits said he had urged
his colleagues in the political com-
mission to underscore the need for
Europe to help the U.S. directly.
in Mideastern affairs. He said
Europe could help by supplying
more naval forces in the Mediter-
ranean Sea.
The Mideast should be included
in negotiations and contacts be-
tween East and West Europe, Sen-
ator Javits stated. There was a
tendency in Europe, he said, to
view the Midesat as something
which was American but not Euro-
pean business—despite the strate-
gic importance of Greece, Turkey
and Italy; as well as the import-
ance of Mideastern oil.

Sat 10 11.111. to p.m.

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In August As It Is In July

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pointed bcause El Al ran out of seat space for

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