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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-03-12

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Lubavitcher Rebbe's Questionable Israel Role

By MOSHE RON
Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent
TEL AVIV — The Lubavitcher
Rebbe, Rabbi Menahem Mendel
Schnerson of New York, is very
popular in Israel. He has a great
number of partisans. Not only
President Zalman Shazar is his
partisan. When Shazar paid an
official visit to the U. S., he walked
on Saturday to Brooklyn to the
Lubavitcher, though many in Is-
rael were of the opinion that the
Rebbe should have come to the
President.
But sometimes some circles in
Israel are angry about the Rebbe's
declarations on Israel, on how its
government should wage its policy.
He is criticized because he has not
visited Israel since the establish-
ment of the state, nearly 23 years
ago, although there is even a vil-
lage of his partisans in Israel.
Even extremist rabbis of Naturei
Karta, who oppose the existence
of the state, such as the Rabbi of
Satmar, come often from New York
to Israel. The Rebbe from Luba-
vitch did not even find it necessary
to visit the Western Wall after its
liberation during the Six-Day War.
Instead, the Rebbe often makes
declarations on how the Israeli
government should conduct its
policy. Therefore, many in Israel

think that a rabbi who refuses to
visit Israel should refrain from giv-
ing such advice. The controversy
started after the Six-Day War,
when the Rebbe issued declarations
that, according to Jewish law,
Israel should not withdraw, even
one inch, from the occupied terri-
tories. The Israeli government has
stated again and again that the
future frontiers of Israel would not
be those of before the Six-Day
War, but the Rebbe of Lubavitch
advised the Israeli government
from New York. not to withdraw
from any occupied territories. He
never influenced his followers to
go to Israel.
A short time ago, the Rebbe
openly demanded that the activi-
ties of the aliya department in the
U.S. be closed. He warned that
these activities would arouse anti-
Semitism among certain circles in
the U.S. The Rebbe said that if the
state of Israel needs more people,
it should forbid abortions and then
there would be 200,000 more chil-
dren each year in Israel.
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caused a new controversy, when
he sharply attacked the Chief Rab-
binate on the question of conver-
sions of mixed couples in Europe.
The tendency is that these olim
should already arrive in Israel as
Jews and not be converted in Is-
rael. The Rebbe adopted the atti-
tude of the extreme religious cir-
cles on this question and con-
demned the rabbinate in Vienna,
which carries out the conversions
quickly and not always exactly
according to Jewish law. He also
criticized the great noise in Israel
about Russian Jewry and the
World Conference for Russian
Jewry in Brussels.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe's special

target for attack is the National
Religious Party, which, according
to his opinion, is a coalition party
responsible for the decisions of the
Israel government, which are not

in the interest of religious Jews
in Israel and all over the world.
He maintains that Mafdal shares
the responsibility for registering
perons who have not been convert-
ed to Judaism, according to Jewish

law, as Jews. He accuses the
leaders of Mafdal, holding them
responsible for the rapid conversion
procedure in Vienna.
The Mafdal has not reacted for
a long time to these accusations.
It refrained from a controversy
with the Rebbe. But lately the
Mafdal could no longer disregard
there accusations and the chief
editor of the Mafdal paper, S.
Daniel, one of the leaders of Maf-
dal, wrote on this subject:
"It is not the first time that the
Rebbe of Lubavitch attacks a group
of tens of thousands of religious
Jews, among them rabbis and
well-known personalities, who, over
the last 50 years, have helped to
build the state of Israel, and have
created an active religious life in
Israel. The Lubavitcher Rebbe is in
opposition to this group (Mafdal).
The activity of this group is re-
sponsible for the fact that hundreds
of thousands of religious Jews in
Israel, strictly observe religious
rules, build yeshivot and religious
schools of all kinds and guard our
borders as excellent soldiers. The
attacks of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
on this group are completely un-
founded. Mafdal has chosen its own
religious way and has no need to
receive orders from religious lead-
ers abroad. It is regrettable that
an esteemed religious leader like
the Rebbe of Lubavitch, who should
exercise the principle of love of
Israel, chooses such an unsuitable
way."
Many Mafdal leaders used to
visit the Lubavitcher Rebbe when
they stayed in New York, though
they knew his critical attitude to
the policy in Israel. As the Rebbe
is very popular in Israel, they try
to give him a true picture of events
in Israel. When the Mafdal leader,

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (JTA)—Ap-
proximately 100 Jewish students
of the University of Rochester have
shared fundamental objectives of
the United Jewish Appeal drive to
increase the concern and involve-
ment of Jewish students for other
Jews in the world, it was an-
nounced by Rabbi Joseph H. Le-
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Bnai Brith Hillel Foundation.

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primary aims of the campaign
have been: to reach and involve
Jewish students on all levels on
campus to develop a strong Israel
consciousness; to Involve as many
students as possible in an educa-
tional program about the needs of
the Mid East and world Jewry,
including Soviet Jewry; and to
involve a core group of 100 stu-
dents to campaign for the United
Jewish Appeal drive on campus.

Minister of the Interior Dr. Yosef
Burg, visited the Rebbe, the Luba-
vitcher criticized a Mafdal kibutz,
Tirat Zvi, charging that men and
women are bathing together in a
swimming pool/ Dr. Burg asked
the Rebbe whether the man who
told him about this was still living.
"What is the difference whether he
lives or not?" asked the Rebbe.
"I am sure that he still lives,
because if he had died, the earth
would have refused to accept him,"
replied Dr. Burg.
Dr. Burg told his friends in Israel
that, in his talk with the Rebbe,
he had to make great efforts to

argue with him, because when he
looked at the eyes and the noble
flee of the Rebbe he was always
afraid that he would influence him.
Such is the power of the religious
force that emanates from the
Rebbe of Lubavitch.

El Fatah Loses Ground

King Hussein, his army and
authorities support the strong pol-
icy of Premier Wasfi el Tal toward
the terrorists. The guerrilla chief,
Yassir Arafat, who only a year
ago had sent demanding ultima-
tums to the Arab leaders, now
sends, from time to time, urgent
appeals for help to these same
leaders, to intervene with the Jor-
danian authorities to prevent them
from completely crushing the ter-
rorist movement. Anwar Sadat
answers these appeals positively,
but it seems that he is not too
unhappy about events in Jordan.
Authentic sources say that the
manpower of Fatah has decreased
since August 1970 by 50 per cent.
They have lost 200 bases in Jordan.
Many terrorists have deserted.
There is strong opposition against
Arafat's leadership. A short time
ago, Arafat received a minority in
a decisive secretary vote in the cen-
tral committee of the terrorist
organizations. When he saw he
might be ousted from the leader.
ship, he asked for a second open
vote and a vote of confidence. This
time he succeeded in obtaining a
majority.
The terrorists in Jordan are in
a bad state. They have no pros-
pects of defeating the Jordanian
army. Their hopes for an interven-
tion by the Syrian and Iraqi armies
have failed. The extreme left ter-
rorist organizations, led by Dr.
George Habash and Naif Houvatma
try to take advantage of the de-
spair and frustration in order to
strengthen their prestige against
the El Fatah leader, Yassir Ara-
fat. It is rumored that they plan
attacks again on civilian airliners,

but it is hoped that the security
precautions adopted by the airline
companies would foil such acts.
The terrorists will most probably
continue to lay mines, throw hand

grenades and fire Katyusha rockets
on Jewish settlements, but no more.

Cs • •

Jordanian Premier Wasfi el Tal
ordered Libyan officers, who took
part in the Arab Mixed Truce-
Commission, to leave Jordan, in
spite of the appeal of President
Sadat for the continuation of the
work of the commission. This step
followed the break in diplomatic
relations with Jordan by Libya.
The Libyan ruler, Kadhaft has
stopped giving financial aid to
Jordan because King Hussein has
continued his attacks on the Arab
guerrillas.
Wasfi el Tal sticks to his strong-
handed policy against the guerril-
las. The population of Jordan
wants to live in peace. Jordan is
no longer afraid of Iraq and Syria.
The Iraqi units which have been
stationed in Jordan, have been
withdrawn and the Syrian army
has suffered defeat in trying
to intervene in the conflict between
the Jordanian army( and the guer-
rillas. These developments have
put the guerrillas in a difficult
position in all Arab countries.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

12—Friday, March 12, 1971

Begin Denies Gahal Plans Return to Government

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Menahem
Begin denied that he was putting
out "feelers" for the return of the
Gahal faction to the government.
Gahal quit the national unity coali-
tion of Premier Golda Meir last
summer in protest against the goy.

ernment's acceptance of the Jar-
ring talks and the ceasefire.
Begin was quoted as saying that
Gahal was ready to consider condi-
tions the government might offer

it to rejoin the coalition. Begin,
chairman of Gahal and leader of

its Herut wing, said his intention
was to form a coalition of govern-
ment and opposition personalities
for a propaganda campaign in the
U.S. against the Rogers plan.
He said that did not mean Gahal
was seeking to rejoin the govern-
ment. He added however that if
Gahal was approached with pro-
posals In that direction "we shall
study it."

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