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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 11th day of Shemit, 5731, the following scriptural selections
will be read in our synagogues:
portion, Judges 4:4-5:31.
Pentateuchal portion, Exod. 13:1747:16. Prophetical
Candle lighting. Friday. Feb. 5, 5:33 p.m.
VOL. LVIII. No. 21
February 5, 1971
Dignity From Our Aid. to Kinsmen
In her stirring appeal for support to Russian Jewry in its request for freedom to go
to Israel and to regain the status of kinship with fellow Jews, Dr. Esther Aisenstadt, who
had just come from Israel on her mission of mercy, after leaving the USSR only two
months ago, said:
"We pay exorbitant. costs for exit visas and the right to go to Vienna. There we are
met by the Jewish Agency and suddenly we feel like human beings. Suddenly we become
free people. Then we are on our way to our homeland like liberated people."
No better appeal could possibly have been uttered for generosity toward the major
fund for assistance to the liberated in the new Exodus—the United Jewish Appeal, whose
income is derived from Detroit's Allied Jewish Campaign.
Fantasies Endanger Israel's Realities
In all sincerity, propagators of a move-
ment for the recognition of the claims of the
Palestinians—the reference is to the Arab
refugees who have come from territories that
are now part of the state of Israel—to state-
hood believe that any solution of the Middle
East situation must involve this vital element.
It is now urgently advocated that a separate
state be set up for these refugees, that the
West Bank be utilized for that purpose, that
it should, if possible, be linked with Jordan,
thus replacing the monarchy in exchange for
a valid democracy to accommodate the mil-
lion or more Arabs who can thus be provided
with citizenship in an area they can admin-
ister for themselves.
There are conflicting attitudes on the sub-
ject among the Israelis. Logic seems to re-
dound in support of such a plan. Yet it be-
comes necessary to take into consideration
the many obstacles that stand in the way of
such a solution which, hopefully, might solve
the major problems and solve all injuries
that may have been inflicted by both ele-
ments in the controversy.
An account given in this issue, in an an-
alysis of attitudes of students and their ideas
regarding Israel, from one of our special cor-
respondents, throws light on the beclouded
issues that remain so difficult to solve be-
cause the ideas that have permeated into
Arab minds are based on distortions of facts
and are imbedded in such ignorance that so-
lutions become too difficult to arrive at.
Some of the fantasies are so grotesque,
the misinformation is so deplorable, that the
path toward an accord is blocked and all
efforts to clarify the issues have become all-
too-complex for rationalization.
Making matters worse is the fact that the
more educated the Arab, the more ready he
has been to accept the propaganda directed
against Israel. All that seems to matter is
hatred for Israel and the intent to destroy
the state. There is no reasoning, no rational-
izing and no pleading for justice for the
homeless who found refuge in the ancient
A member of the editorial board of the
New York Times, James-P. Brown, in a spe-
cial article aimed at emphasizing that there
can be "No Peace Without the Palestinians,"
gives due credit to Israel for having created
better living conditions for Arabs in the oc-
cupied territories. He makes these comments
on existing conditions and on- developments
since the 1967 war:
During a recent confrontation between King
Hnssein's bedowin troops and some guerrillas
occupying a Palestinian refugee camp. user
Amman, a group oi refugees attempted to elk-
tie camp and march toward the Israeli-ocespiod
areas west of the Jordan River. They are reported
to have declared they would rather live .ender
the Israelis than endure more of the harsh
tyranny of the Hashemite'.
Similar sentiments are expressed by many of
the 1,11011,9011 Palestinians who are living in the
West Bank and Gaza, 'although they are by no
meats reconciled to the occupation, as some
Israelis like to believe.
The Arabs in the occupied areas are unques-
tionably materially better off than their fellow
Palestinians across the Jordan. Sham Israel seized
their leads in the June 1967 war, personal
income has increased by about one-third and
unemployment, which had been about 26 per cen
of the work force, has shrunk to 3 per cent. Tens
of thousands cross daily into Israel to work for
wages- that are three to four times what they
received before, and the work is steady as it had
been in the Hashemite past. As one Israeli
occupation official proudly put it to a visitor
History at its best, presented in all its facets relating to the
recently: "The West Bankers never had it so Israel-Russian relationships since the rebirth of the Jewish state, is
presented in a valuable work by a man who writes authoritatively.
But economic benefits and a military regime In "Moscow and Jerusalem," published by Abelard-Schuman, Avigdor
that is generally enlightened and inconspicuous, Dagan, who has held important Israeli diplomatic posts and who had
except in the overcrowded and rebellious Gaza worked closely with Czechoslovak leaders, presents an historical
Strip, have not won the hearts and minds of the analysis that serves as a reminder of the years of better relationships
Palestinian Arabs, as the Israelis once hoped. and the present era of discord.
West Bankers remain bitterly anti4sraell. Given
Realistically, Hagan commences with the "Soviet surprise" of 1947
the opportunity, they will assail a visitor for when -the Soviet representatives at the United Nations, especially
hours with denunciations of the occupying power, Andrei Gromyko, supported the Partition Plan. Referring to Gromyko's
, particularly of such practices as the demolition speech, in which he rejected the Arab speakers' "attempts to cast
of houses where suspected saboteurs have lived, aspersions on the foreign policy of the government of the Soviet Union,"
the seizure of Arab property and the jailing or Dagan quotes what he terms the "prophetic statement" of Gromyko:
expulsion of real or Potential opposition leaders' "The Soviet delegation is convinced that Arabs will still, on more than
They are as vehement as Palestinians anywhere one occasion, be looking towards Moscow and expecting the USSR. to
in asserting the Palestinian national conscious- help them in the struggle for lawful existence . . ." And Dugan corn-
ness and their demand for Palestinian statehocid. ...,_,_
The occupation has, however, begun to create •"`"';''
'This statement would seem to support the somewhat Machia-
some striking differences between the Palestinians vellian thought, later expressed by certain political analysts, that the
who have remained on their lands under Israeli Rnncians, in fact, supported the establishment of the Jewish state
Bank merely to force the Arabs to 'look toward Moscow.' The idea is not '
- rule and those who have fled tri—the East
and other parts of the Arab worsa. If the West borne out by Russian behavior at the _time, but of course it can be
Bankers have not learned to love the Israelis, neither proved nor disproved.
they have come to respect them. Having exPe‘•
"One more delicate point should be mentioned here. Gromyko
enced the efficiency of Israel's Intelligente sys- delivered his speech only one day after Pravda asserted that 'the time
tom and military power, they an longer harbor-
___ was coming when- the people of the Iranian province of Azerbijan,
illusions about pushing the lavaelia,,Mte
bordering the Soviet Union, would regain their freedom.' If there was
or of forcing them through gue rrill a action.
a `.."''' ... need for further demonstrating the necessity of seeing the Soviet'
accept the dismantling of the Jewish date. Many decision in the wider context - of Moscow's increased interest in the
Nefarious - USSR - Role Told
in Dagan s Moscow Expose
West Bank Palestinians have become pragmatists, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern area at the time, here it is."
recognizing at last that If they want to realise
Meanwhile, for years after the UN action, Russia cooperated
their own aspirations for statehood they will with.lsrael. There is proof in Degan's story of how Russia aided
have to accept and deal with the fact of Israel. Israel la the 1548 War of Independence, the subsequent friendly diplo-
tills momentous change is the made relations that began with the ambassadorial role of Geld* lick
West Bankers toward Israel has been as Israel's envoy to the Kremli n.
The good relatioos between Israel and Russia in the years that
a , Sl
ocael preceded the 1967 war are told in the chronological account, in numer-
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_ our photos of USSR representatives with Israel's leaders.
But while an the surface there continued friendly relations, within
"""'"' `" "'`.7 di s
West Bankers will concede that it has been in Runt* there commenced the accelerated antizemitte policy. Adoption
i ..reLSI.I___V of the Arab views on Israel in the Middle East became the Russian
" inn be21g.
and nine years after giving endorsement to sovereignty for
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. .. Israel the antagonisms began to grow until they developed into its
"` "`"' referred ruu...
to as that present s tate with the breams of diplomatic relations with Israel
"tribal redline - • • which paved the way for defeat several days after the Six-Day War.
(and) has Pim as far as trying ' • to allandlate
The major documents in the conflict, the Israeli statements, the
our relatives sad nation."
Russian attacks, the eiti-Semitie trends within the Soviet Union are
These observations are important. They Irony documented -in _this thorough study. Dagan- points out that the
emphasize a basic fact: that those who live one .silied Soviet policy has Aram, opposition in Communist countries.
among the Israelis and who are confronted The ,hanger of a conflagration with China is considered a possibility
with elevated standards for which Israel- is that could make Russia seek to mend its fences with the West.
-it becomes more and mitre &Mesh to believe... bag= writes, ..that soviet
responsible readily admit the benefits at- leaders
should, even in the present eireumataaess,
brim awar.obi, lard alma ors
rained. But these do not fully contribute seam. es "Jeans, imam net
mostl e tw
toward a solution of the painful - problem. Mae IMO, tUM Ire=
There still are the elements in Cairo and sioroossom. ge the ammo au* Peoattatt, saw wombs belt
ar rjhlel, eh°01a
OR ther= ee.nhgla"°•.
Amman and Beirut; there still are the guer•
nibs to contend with.
But Hagan himielf wonders whether the USSR cheriidlea logic. - and.
If Israel were affected by a more whole- Lsrael -Foreign Minister Abbe Eban, in an introduction conemendieg
some situation in the U.S. State Department, Datimis -"Moscow -and Jerusalem" also poses a oddities
the British Foreign Office, the Quai d'Orsay
i l the
s ol der may
and at the United Nations, and especially at
relatimsit mishit have developed
the Kremlin, the conflict would have been skew*,
might brine to
change ha Soder
ova. still w., ab. •
over long ago. But these diplomatic areas are noel
• East. soviet peace, it
• Us power
•ar from helpful either in solving the prob. • sows= to aatoerdel
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that 04 Smite °atm
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leer with the aid of Israel or through the crea- links
of a se
will toward Israel and
^ Cut by halting the tide of arseebeents. io••atthio
tion of the Palestinian-Jordanian state, also true witiMre of put
wt the Arab Oates to join hands with Israel
with Israel's consent and encouragement. '
These obstacles are known. Perhaps they can
It: is to be- hoped thai Jews and: pro Israelis will not be alone in
be overcome. In any event, the situation as reading Dagan's book, that Soviet officials and diplomats will
it exists is fairly well known -and would not- it ii' well,in the hope of &Melling the desired unity for
be muddied either by hatreds or fantasies: and