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April 02, 1971 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-04-02

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White House and State Dept. Assure
'No Pressures' on Israel; Tensions
Mingled With Puzzlement in Capital

By Detroit Jewish News
Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON, D. C.—There is
as much puzzlement as there is
tension over the Middle East situ-
ation both in governmental ranks
as well as in the media of commun-
ications. All sorts of .speculative
reports emanate
from the nation's
capital, yet there
is no certainty
about the devel-
oping situations
affecting Israel.
Israel Foreign
Ministerba
Eban had met
one day_last week ,
with -• more than
40,U. S. Senators
in a Senate chamber. He reportedly
left a deep impression with his an-
alysis of the situation. Immediately
Secretary of State William P.
Rogers took the initiative to con-
vene with the Senate—in the first
meeting of its kind between the
secretary of state and the Senate
in nearly 40 years—to present his
viewpoint.

Out of it all there has emerged
a feeling of confidence in pro-Is-
rael ranks that not all is bad,
that most reports of threats to
Israel, of pressures from this
Icountry unless Israel withdraws
from occupied territories, are
exaggerations.

continuation of the present state
of affairs—the continuation of even
the undeclared cease fire as a re-
sult of which, for eight months,
there has been no shooting across
the Suez.

At a meeting last Friday with
a delegation from the Conference
of Presidents' Major American
Jewish Organizations, Secretary
of State Rogers again stated that
there will be no military or eco-
nomic pressure upon Israel to
comply with American demands.
The delegation included Max M.
Fisher of Detroit. 90-minute
session, which folloWed by a day
Rogers' meeting with 67 U. S.
senators, provided an opportuni-
ty for a "comprehensive review"
of the Middle East issues.

Rogers has issued a 617-page re-
port of his stewardship of two
years. It has been noted that there
is no mention in it of a possibility
of an emergence of a Palestinian
entity. In his report Rogers sug-
gested that "Jerusalem should be
a unified city," that "Israel and
Jordan should both have roles in
its civic, economic and religious
life."
An attack on Eban by Senator
J. William Fulbright has evoked
considerable discussion and his
views may continue to have a neg-
ative effect on Israel's position. At
the meeting of the American Zion-
ist Federation on Sunday, Jacques
Torczyner was very critical of
Fulbright.
Albert Schlossberg of Milton,
Maas., national commander of the
Jewish War Veterans of the USA,
has issued a statement criticizing
Fulbright's views and rejecting
his "veiled threats" implying that
U. S. support of Israel would be
dissipated unless Israel 'bends."
Schlossberg warned against a
"Munich type pact" to harm Israel.
A resolution was introduced
last week by Congressman Joshua
Eilberg of Pennsylvania calling on
the administration to support Is-
rael's border position.

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Knesset Passes Law That Extends Rabbis' Term

officials. They brought with them
a statement by the Synagogue
Council of America, representing
the Reform, Conservative and Or-
thodox branches of America Juda-
ism, which appealed to the Soviet
Communist Party Congress to elim-
inate "the cruel vestiges of Stalin's
rule" against the more than
3,000,000 Soviet Jews. The Soviet
officials, Igor Bubnov, political
counselor of the embassy, and
Alexander Yefstafyev, press coun-
selor, refused to receive the peti-
tion on grounds that the embassy
does not accept such documents as
a matter of policy. But they spoke
at length with the two visitors.
An Israeli and two American
Jewish youths were arrested on the
green facing the White House
March 22 for demonstrating after
their permit had expired. They
were later freed on $10 bond. One
of them was Yosef Schneider, a
Russian Jew who emigrated to Is-
rael in 1969. The other two were
identified as Israel Danziger and
Chaim Gewirtz. Danziger was be-
lieved to be a JDL member.
Schneider began a hunger strike
on the site last week, incarcerating
himself in a simulated "prisoners'
cage." The other two joined him
and had handcuffed themselves to
the "cage" when they were arrest-
ed by park police. Permit expired
Sunday.

Every State Department spokes-
man, all words from the White
House, are to the effect that all the
U. S. asks is an assurance from
Israel that there will be a with-
drawal, and there are qualifications
to indicate that it is not expected
that Israel will withdraw from all
the occupied territory.
And there seems to be confi-
dence that Anwar el-Sadat is more
rational than Gamal Abdel Nasser
ever was, that he wishes to negoti-
ate, that Egyptians in the main
hope for peace.
Immediately, one hears_,,,, other
voices: Dr. Gunnar V. Tarring
presses for withdrawal, he has
given up ,his negotiating mission
President Nixon's role was
and his return to his ambassadorial highly
commended by Torczyner,
post in Russia to represent his na-
and in Israeli ranks there is a
tive land, Sweden, is proof that feeling
that -Abe President ad-
there is a deadlock. There may be
heres to his policy of assuring
a deadlock, yet the situation is less . security
for Israel.
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quarters.
Rep. James H. Scheuer of New
York, introduced a concurrent res-
olution in the House protesting the
treatment of Soviet Jews.
A rabbi and a Christian clergy-
man visited the Soviet Embassy
here Monday to deliver an appeal
on behalf of Soviet Jews. Rabbi
Richard G. Hirsch, director of the
religious action center of the Union
of American Hebrew Congrega-
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6—Friday, April 2, 1971

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Emergen-
cy legislation to extend the expir-
ing terms of Israel's chief rabbis
and the rabbinate's juridical coun-
cil until the end of July, passed
its first reading in the Knesset
Tuesday and e is expected to be
adopted before
recesses
for the Passover holidays.
The interim measure was pushed
by the government so that the-chief
rabbis will continue to have legal
authority after their terms expire,
pending new elections.
The chief rabbis are elected by
delegates from the religious coun-
cils in each Israeli community.
But the laws for the election of
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year.
One plan calls for the abolition
of a dual—Sephardic and Ashken-
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rejected a request by the religious
affairs ministry to extend the term
of the present chief rabbis for one
year.

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