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December 28, 1973 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-12-28

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Dayan Fights Critics With Intense Campaign

Yom Kippur War. He has
borne the brunt of criticism
for the army's state of un-
preparedness when Egypt
and Syria attacked, Oct. 6,
and is now trying to restore
public confidence in him as
the nation's defense chief.
He readily concedes that he
and others misread intelli-
gence reports but insists he
made no mistakes once the
war broke out and that even
if the reserves had been
mobilized faster, the outcome
would have been about the

Dayan is fighting critics in
his own party who have in-
sisted that he be left out of
Premier Golda Meir's next
government, should Labor
win a new mandate in Mon-
day's election. Dayan clearly
wants to remain at the de-
fense helm.
He told his audience in
Haifa that if Mrs. Meir wins
re-election and asks him to
serve again as defense min-
ister, "I shall gladly accept
this and serve." He does not
see himself in that post auto-
matically. He noted that
while the judicial committee
presently investigating the
Yom Kippur War may de-
termine whether or not it
was properly fought, the pub-
lic will be the ultimate judge
when it goes to the polls
next week.
In his Haifa speech, Dayan
observed that Israel is the
only country in the world
which cannot make deals at
will for the purchase of
tanks and planes.

"Only the U.S. is ready to
supply us with equipment
and even this only with the
specific approval of the State
Department, and for that
Mrs. Meir has to go to Wash-
ington each time to discuss
and persuade," he said.
"With all due respect to the
U.S., we do not enjoy the
same relations that Egypt
has with Russia which sup-
plies it with military equip-
ment in any quantity and
under any conditions without
interruption," Dayan said.

By vulgarity I mean that
vice of civilization which
makes man ashamed of him-
self and his next of kin, and
pretend to be somebody else.
—Solomon Schechter.

latest election poll published
Wednesday shows Likud beat-
ing the Labor Alignment in
Monday's elections.
The poll, conducted by the
independent newspaper Haa-
retz, gave Likud 49 seats in
the new Knesset and Premier
Golda Meir's Labor Align-
ment 48. In the present Knes-
set, Labor has 56 seats and
the Likud bloc 31.
Wednesday's poll sharply
contradicted one released
over the weekend by the In-
stitute for Applied Social Re-
search which had Labor
scoring an overwhelming vic-
tory with 50 per cent of the
decided vote against 29 per
cent for Likud.

Neither poll, however, in-
cluded voters on active mili-
tary duty which, according
to most experts, may prove
the decisive factor. Both polls

6—Friday, Dec. 28, 1973

The Haaretz poll placed 20 and other academicians an- pose of the ads is to demon- supports Labor.
per cent in the undecided
category, the earlier one, 40
per cent.
According to the Haaretz
survey, the National Reli-
gious Party dropped from 12
to 9 per cent and the two
Agudat Israel parties from 6
Daily 9-6
Sat. 9-4
Sun. 1 1 -3
to 4. The Independent
Liberals fell from 4 to
3 per cent, but two new
splinter factions, which did
not exist in the last election,
were given at least one Knes-
set seat each. These are the
Civil Rights list headed by
Labor Party defector Mrs.
t ‘.
■ , ,
Shulamit Aloni and the Com-
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The disparity between the
poll results has left all par-
ties in a quandry. The candi-
dates have largely ignored
them and are campaigning at
full steam. Labor members
of the Knesset seemed des-
pondent but not nearly as
much as two weeks ago. Pri-
vately, they expect "Begin
to save us again," meaning
that the uncompromising
hard line adopted by the
Herut Likud leader will deter
many voters from supporting

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Charging that the Soviets
have turned the Middle East
into their weapons testing,
ground, Dayan said the Rus-
sians had learned valuable
lessons from the defeat of
their arms in 1967 and im-
proved them by 1973.
"As the SAM-2 and SAM-3
(missiles) were rather re-
stricted in their efficiency,
the Russians brought up the
SAM-6 and to fight our tanks
they brought up the 'Sager'
anti-tank missile," Dayan
He said that "the new
reality" Israel must face is
qualitative, quantitative and
the time element. As to quan-
tities, the Egyptians had 27
missile sites in 1967, corn-
pared to 200 in Egypt and
Syria now, Dayan said.
"While in the Six-Day War
we faced 400,000 Arab sol-
diers, we face now well over
1,000,000 and the ratio of
their tanks and planes has
tripled. As a matter of fact,
our casualties also tripled,"
Dayan said.

He noted that the Russians
supplied the enemy with new
weapons which proved quali-
tatively superior to those of
seven years ago." As to the
time element, "we are re-
stricted in our reserves. After
all, we are but a city in
American terms as regards
population," Dayan observed.

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