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January 04, 1974 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-01-04

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Herut-Likud leader Menahem Be-
gin, extreme right, emerged as a for-
midable opposition leader in the next
Knesset with the gains his party regis-
tered in Monday's election.

Teddy Kollek, left, will be reorga-
nizing the Jerusalem municipality as
its third-term mayor, although he
suffered losses in the balloting. Joseph
Almogi, right, won overwhelmingly as
the re-elected Labor mayor of Haifa.

Historic Buber

Defense of

Israel's Right

to Live


A Weekly Review


on Page 2

Vol. LXVI. No. 17

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January 4 1974

Labor Alignment Loses Six Seats . • . Likud Is Victorious With Six Gains

Partylit Dominant
Role for 'Coollition: in Israel


Chief JTA Jerusalem Correspondent

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A relatively small drop for Labor, a rela-
tively minor increase for Likud—and the upshot is enormously in-
creased political power for the National Religious Party which neither
dropped nor increased but maintained its 12 Knesset seats. Such are
the vagaries of Israel's multi-party politics that this peculiar sounding
assessment is in fact the basic outcome of Monday's national election.
In simple terms, the Labor Alignment will probably be depend-
ent upon the NRP to an unprecedented extent if it wishes to form
another government coalition without the inclusion of Likud.
Or—looked at from another angle—Labor will probably not be
able to form a majority coalition relying only on the Independent Liber-
als, the Arab pro-Labor affiliates, and Shulamit Aloni's Civil Rights
List. Such a coalition would not top 60 seats—or would only just top
60, making it unsafe and unstable. With the NRP too, on the other
hand, Labor would have a comfortable 70-plus and would command a
strong government and be able to face the enhanced Likud opposition.
A great deal, then, will hinge upon the NRP's position in the
horse trading which begins with the aim of establishing the new gov-
ernment. Labor itself seems divided as to its evaluation of NRP's likely
pose. While party election managers spoke on, TV of the likelihood of
new elections soon because in his view Labor had not been given a
strong enough mandate, the party's Secretary-General Aharon Yadlin
sounded confident that Labor would be able to continue in harness with
NRP, ILP and now Shulamit Aloni.
Clearly, at any rate, Labor is going to try to re-form the present
coalition. Clearly, too, the bargaining with NRP will be tougher than
ever—because of the new balance of power, and also because of NRP's
declared hawkish policies in the West Bank territorial issue.
With the army vote still unknown, Premier Golda Meir's Labor
Alignment lost six seats in the Knesset, with a six- or seven-seat gain for
the non-Labor opposition alignment, Likud, in the eighth Knesset elec-
tion, on the basis of computer projections.
Unless the army vote upsets the prevailing trend, Mrs. Meir's

(Continued on Page 8)

L _ ikud Victory in Tel Aviv,
It/Libor Takes Haifa, Ko llek
is Shorn of Majority_

JTA Chief Tel Aviv Correspondent
JERUSALEM (JTA)—Returns in Israel's municipal elec-
tions Monday showed Likud winning a smashing upset victory
in Tel Aviv, a Labor stronghold for 16 years; Mayor Teddy
Kollek shorn of his 156-seat majority in the Jerusalem City
Council and hard pressed to form a new coalition; and former
Labor Minister Shmuel Almogi sweeping the Haifa mayoralty
race with a 58 per cent majority in what was viewed as a
personal triumph rather than one for the Labor Party.
In Tel Aviv, the nation's largest urban center, the Likud
candidate, Res. Gen. Shlomo - Lahat, popularly known as
"Tzitz," led his party to win 14 seats in the 31-member City
Council against 11 seats for the Labor Party ticket headed by
incumbent Mayor Yehoshua Rabinowitz. But unless the still
uncounted soldiers' vote adds to Likud's scats, Mayor Rabin-
owitz could remain in office if he is able to establish a coali-
tion with the Independent Liberals and National Religious
Party which won two seats each and with the Agudath Israel
which retained its single seat. Such an alignment would give
him a 16-14 working majority.
(Continued on Page 5)

Bishop Trifa's Denials
Are Countered by Foes
ill Romanian Church


What's in a green shirt? Bishop Valerian
Trifa says "everyone" with nationalistic spirit
wore one in wartime Romania.
But Trifa, head of the Romanian Orthodox
Episcopate of America, who stands accused of
war crimes as a leader of the Iron Guard, was
more than just "everyone," according to one
of his strongest foes in Detroit.
"We have no doubt that Trifa was a lead e r
in the Iron Guard," a local Roni -anian Ortho-
dox priest told The Jewish News. "I was
younger than Trifa and didn't know him per-
sonally, but I could read the papers in Ro-
mania." The priest is a member of the Roman-
ian Orthodox Missionary Episcopate in Amer-
ica, which has termed Trifa "deceiver" of the
Romanian people in this country.
Bishop Valerian, whose headquarters is at
Grass Lake, Mich., is under investigation by
the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Serv-
(Continued on Page 12)

Attack on Jewish Leader
Awakens Scotland Yard to
Threats on British Jewry

LONDON (JTA)—Scotland Yard issued a general warning
Monday to members of the Anglo-Jewish community to exer-
cise utmost care in the aftermath of the shooting Saturday
night of Joseph Edward Sieff. The 68-year-old department
store executive and philanthropist, who has been active on
behalf of Israel and other Jewish
causes, was reported in an im-
proved condition Monday morn-
ing after undergoing surgery for
the removal of a bullet from his
Scotland, Yard informed the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency- that
it has "no knowledge" of a
"death list" of prominent Brit-
ish Jews compiled by Arab ter-
rorists, "But we issued a gen-
eral warning to members of
the Anglo - Jewish community
through the Board of Deputies
(of British Jews) that they
(Continued on Page 10)

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