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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-09-14

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President's Tough Words Viewed as Resolution to Resist Oil Blackmail

By JOSEPH POLAKOFF

JTA Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON — Presi-
dent Nixon four-point crash
legislative program to make
the United States self-reliant
in energy within five years
was seen by some Western
diplomats as irrevocable de-
termination by his adminis-
tration to resist Arab black-
mail with oil.
"The President has now
told the Arabs twice in four
days, 'don't try to bully us,' "
according to a leading diplo-
matic authority on the Middle
East. "The President seems
to be making it as plain as
possible that as America ap-
proaches its bicentennial it is
not going to become a satel-
lite of oil-rich tyrants."
There was some feeling
that the President's program,
however, is only the begin-
ning of a U.S. grand strategy
toward reaching a Middle
East settlement. The crux of
the design is certainly to in-
sure America's energy re-
quirements in the future and

not be utterly dependent on
foreign sources, Arab or
other.
However, involved in it are
political elements. Should
the petroleum-producing Ar-
ab states recognize the ad-
ministration will not be eco-
nomically pressured into al-
tering its position of support
for Israel and therefore relax
their oil offensive, the ad-
ministration will then turn
openly toward Israel for
some matching political con-
cessions to reach an accom-
modation with its Arab neigh-
bors.
Secretary of State-desig-
nate Dr. Henry Kissinger's
intention to consult with
Arabs and Israelis at the
UN General Assembly open-
ing in New York Tuesday
may be the opening gambit
of the Nixon design.
The President's legislative
proposals concern advance-
ment of the Alaska pipeline,
development of deep water
ports to have the capacity to
bring in products from

abroad, de-regulation of gas,
new construction, drilling and
refining, and "step up" U.S.
development of peaceful uses
of nuclear energy without re-
sort to new legislation.
In New York, the head of
the Labor Zionist Alliance
called for the "nationaliza-
tion" by the U.S. government
of American oil companies as
a "response to the so-called
energy crisis contrived by
the oil companies."
The real response to the
oil companies "and their po-
tential for m i s c h i e f, and
hardship for the general pop-
ulation, is to advocate nation-
alization of the companies,"
declared Dr. Judah J. Sha-
piro who addressed the na-
tional executive committee of
the LZA here.
Continuing, he asserted,
"Punishment of Standard Oil
of California and Mobil Oil

Israeli Athletes Spurred by Spirit
of Soviet. Jews; a Prank Is Pulled.

By HASKELL COHEN

(Copyright 1973, JTA, Inc.)

TEL AVIV—Itamar Marzil
is a young Israeli whose
whole, young life has been
wrapped up with basketball.
Suddenly, after one short trip
abroad; he has learned what
it is to be a Jew.
You see, Itamar, a sabra,
a kibutznik, always took his
Jewishness for granted: he
never had to fight anybody
to prove he was a Jew.
A member of the Israeli
University five which played
in the World University
Games in Moscow, Itamar
was appalled to see fellow
Jews beaten, stomped on and
degraded because they had
the guts to cheer for the Is-
raelis.
To say the least, it was a
shocking experience, not only
to Marzel but all the others
in the Israeli contingent. "I
just couldn't believe my eys,"
Itamar explains.
"Here are my people,
hawked, harassed and every
effort made to thwart them
even from speaking to us,"
he related to me at the ,din-
ner held after the four-team
basketball tournament here
was concluded.
"I will say we, the Israelis,
had freedom of • movement,
oh we had security men fol-
lowing us • at all times, but
we managed to speak to our
Jewish brethren on the
streets and in the synagogue
on Friday night and the Sha-
bat. We learned of their
plight, first hand. We learned
that many of them subsisted
only by virtue of the fact
that charitable Jewish agen-
cies in the U.S. and Denmark
were getting funds to them.
Every one who applies for a
visa to Israel immediately
is severed from his job.
"One night a group of our
players asked Prof. Alexan-
der Timken and two others
to dinner and they refused.
They said they would buy
their own meal. We watched
as they purchased a bread
which they shared three was.
I tell you it broke our hearts
to watch such a giant in sci-
ence reduced to a meal con-
sisting solely of bread.
"We took the razzing of
the planted Russian soldiers
at our basketball games much

.

easier than learning how little
was available to our co-re-
ligionists. We couldn't do any-
thing for them, but it was
their indomitable spirit that
spurred us on to a ninth place
finish on the basketball com-
petition with a 6-2 record
among the 28 nations entered
in the Universiada," Marzel
concluded.
Light moments were few
and far between, what with
the constant harassment, the
ever-present security and the
pathetic plight of Russian
Jewry. The only laugh the
boys had was a prank played
on a Tel Aviv sports writer.
One writer who was left
behind, when Russia canceled
media visas, managed to
reach the basketball team by
phone daily.
Each day he called looking
for a scoop. One of the hoop-
sters suggested, "Let's give
our man in Tel Aviv a big
"scoop" the next time he
calls. Let us tell him Joshua
Schwartz (one of the bas-
keteers) is dating Olga Kor-
but every night. If he prints
that, then we'll know what a
big writer he is."
Don't you know. The sports
writer fell for it, ran the
story and made a worldwide
commotion.
The real story behind this
"scoop" apparently is known
only to the Israelis.
Schwartz isn't that good a
basketball player, but his
name has gained renown as
the "Israeli who dated the
darling Russian athlete."
Thus is fame created, Israeli
style.

Land Expansion Plan

JERUSALEM — Living
standards will rise as a re-
sult of a land development
and expansion plan being
carried out in a number of
farming villages in the Gal-
ilee hills. The program in-
cludes the reclamation of
large tracts of additional
land for cultivation by Keren
Kayemet.

A man should not say: "I
shall eat and drink while I
may, and Heaven will have
compassion upon me."
Rather he must work for his
sustenance.
—Tanhuma Vayetze

by the destruction of a few
thousand credit cards and at
best a limited boycott, is
nothing compared to the in-
troduction of legislation in
the U.S. Congress which
would define oil as a national
concern and its supply super-
vised by strict federal con-
trols. Israel is not an issue
in this non-existent energy
crisis, but ethical considera-
tions and Socialist principals
are."
Meanwhile, The Jewish
Federation Council of Los
Angeles said here that Stand-
ard Oil of California has sent
a letter to its stockholders
and employes "clarifying"
an earlier letter in which it
urged the U.S. to be more
cognizant of Arab aspirations
in the Middle East.
The text of the new letter
was not disclosed by the firm.
A federation spokesman

said, however, that it was "a
constructive step to clear the
air of confusion caused by
the first letter." The new let-
ter reportedly calls for a
"peace agreement fair and
equitable to all states" in the
Mideast.

22 Friday, Sept. 14, 1973



The earlier letter which
linked the possibility of an
oil shortage with the Arab-
Israeli dispute and implied
that American support for Is-
rael was responsible, aroused
protests from Jewish groups
all over the country.

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