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May 18, 1973 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-05-18

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Abba Eban's Poetic Oratory and Wit
Thrill Audience at Israel Bond Fete
for Berry; $2,100,000 in Bonds Sold

Several noteworthy factors
combined to make the Is-
rael Bond dinner in honor of
Louis Berry an event of
communal significance.
The honoree's prominence,
the resultant sale of $2,100,-
000 in Israel Bonds, the dis-
tinguished audience, and
primarily the presence of Is-
rael Foreign Minister and
Mrs. Abba Eban—all served
to give importance to the
event held at Shaarey Zedek
Sunday night.
Mrs. Eban's presence added
charm to a major community
function. The presence here
of one of Israel's most beau-
tiful women was an occasion
for those who had previously
befriended the famous couple
to reminisce about major Is-
rael gatherings in which they
had participated with her.
Primarily, the genius of
Israel's foreign minister
dominated the event. His
oratory again overpowered
the audience of 700 who filled
the Shaarey Zedek social
h a 11. His epigrammatic
speech was a combination of
poetry, historical analyses
during which he drew upon
Scriptures and Prophecy, and
it was replete with wit.
Eban, presenting the Sword
of Hagana to B e r r y, to-
wards the end of the pro-


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gram, after the enthusiastic
response to the call for Israel
Bond purchases, resorted to
Scripture and quoted from
Isaiah 2:4 ("v'khitsu khar-
botam l'itim"):
And He shall judge between
the nations,
And shall decide for many
And they shall beat their
swords into plowshares,
And their spears into
Nation shall not lift up
sword against nation
Neither shall they learn war
any more.
Then came the pun and
the Israeli leader's link of
his people's hopes for peace
to the prophetic:
"When that peace comes,
if Lou will send the sword to
Jerusalem, we'll h a v e the
conversion made."
His entire speech was
marked by the poetic, spiced
with humor, marked by the
evaluative about Israel's re-
markable attainments under
conditions of great peril from
enemy neighbors.
"Israel is the only national
state on earth that is con-
confronted both by the joy of
birth and the fear of death,"
.Eban said in the reminder
to the audience that his coun-
try was the only one be-
leaguered so long by enemy
He reviewed not only Is-
rael's attainments but also
took into account the prob-
lems that face Israel, and
the internal difficulties his
government confronts.
Describing the inner issues,
Eban spoke of the "turbu-
lent criticism" within Israel
as "our national sport."
And when speaking of ex-
ternal criticisms, he said:
Persistence is the least en-
gaging quality of your press,
television and radio com-
munications systems."
Justifying the display of
the military and of Israel's
great accomplishments dur-
ing the 25th anniversary cele-
brations, Eban recalled that
there were few, when Israel


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was born, who gave the state
a long lease of life." He
pointed to the rate of growth
—the rise in population from
650,000 in 1948 to the present
3,000,000, the welcome given
by Israel to Jews from the
oldest communities in the
world — Yemen, Iraq and
others — and now the mir-
aculous influx from the So-
viet Union, and the high en-
terprises that mark Israel's
successes in all fields, in
trade, in industry, in educa-
These successes, he indi-
cated, are contrasted by the
1,000 old guns with which
Israel fought for independ-
ence in 1949, the antediluv-
ian aircraft.
"It is rational, therefore,
to become rhapsodic over Is-
rael's military strength,' he
He pointed out that Israel
is the 18th state in the world
in per capita income, that
Israel now does $7,000,000,000
a year in world trade —
$4,000,000,000 in imports and
$3,000,000,000 in exports.
At a press conference that
preceded the Israel Bond din-
ner, Eban made the interest-
ing point that Israel Bonds
are an asset to the United
States because the money
comes back to this country
with interest—$3,000,000,000
of such monies already hav-
ing been repaid with accruing
interest — and at the same
time encourages trade be-
cause vast sums are being
spent in the U.S. to fill Is-
rael's needs for many
"We have restored to the
Jewish people a sense of con-
fidence in its creative vital-
ity," Eban said. "Jews cre-
ated in their own resolve and
their own image. Now our
destiny lies within the deci-
sion of our own hands. It is
good that we lived to see
this hour of self-appraisal.
There is the negative aspect,
the absence of peace, but we
are prepared to put ourselves
to the test of peace."
He made the latter com-
ment as an explanation of
the claims that have been
made that Israel's triumphs
are ascribable to the testing
that comes from threats,
from outside dangers which
have united the Israelis.
At the same time he ana-
lyzed the war threats from
Arab quarters, especially
those uttered by Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat. "If
the rhetoric about war were
to be put into effect, it would
be suicidal," he said, but he
contended that Sadat's rhet-

oric was reconciled w i t h
Nevertheless, he conceded,
Israel does not ignore the
threats because "bellicose
rhetoric carries with it the
seeds of destruction and we
take the threats seriously."
Eban emphasized that
"there is no prospect for an
enforced settlement, and he
gave assurance that Israel
would never submit to an
enforced solution.
"Self-reliance is our na-
tional position," he declared.
"Peace and co-existence can
be attained only by the peo-
ple who live in our area and
not by an outside force. We
will not permit a solution
from the outside. We listen
to advice from others which
is given in great profusion,
but there must be solitary
decisions. We were born by
solitary decisions. So was
the United States. If your
country had listened to warn-
ings f r o m international
sources you'd still be in a
colonial epoch."
"We are keeping the peace
hopes open," he stated. "Our
neighbors must explore it
with us. We say to them,
`You must meet us at the
negotiating table . . . ' We
hope they'll respond. Men
and nations do act wisely
when they have exhausted all
o t her possibilities. History
teaches us there are no ir-
reconcilable conflicts."
Eban thereupon discussed
Israel's social, religious, eco-
nomic and cultural problems
and gave assurance of sin-
cere efforts to tackle them.
He reported, just having
returned from meetings in
Washington with Secretary of
State William Rogers, Dr.
Henry Kissinger, Joseph Sis-
co and others, that there is
"no disharmony on a single
issue between Israel and the
United States."
Regarding the fears of an
oil crisis in the world affect-
Mg Israel's status, Eban told
newsmen that "there is a
monetary, not an energy
crisis," because of pressure
for more money for oil from
Arab countries, and he
stated: "Arabs have no al
ternative source of income
other than oil," in refuting
the fear that oil will be with-
held from Western countries.
Insofar as the Lebanese
crisis is concerned, Eban de-
scribed it as terrorist threat
to Arab nations' sovereignty.
With confidence in the sol-
idarity in t h e U.S.-Israel
friendship and the Jewish
interest, Eban concluded his
(Continued on Page 17)









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