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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-09-27

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Mafdal May Join Coalition Due to Aloni's Interference on Three Cabinet Positions

three months for the eventual
return of the Mafdal minis-
ters, amongst other members
of the cabinet.
Thre months ago, when the
new Rabin Cabinet had been
formed, it was decided to
wait for the 'Mafdal for three
months and not to fill in per-
manently their three port-
folios: interior, religious af-
rairs and social welfare.
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Mrs. Aloni has already
Friday, Sept. 27, 1974-33 waited with impatience for
the end of the three months
in order to demand the in-
portfolio for herself.
'FACIAL HAIR terior
She demanded Premier Ra-
PERMANENTLY bin immediately to fill in the
three vacant portfolios and to
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TEL- AVIV—Nobody knows
whether the Mafdal (Israel's
religious parties' group)
would now hurry to return
into the governnjent, if the
Minister - Without - Portfolio
Shulamit Aloni had not direct-
ed a dramatic appeal to Pre-
mier Yitzhak Rabin to distrib-
ute the three portfolios, which
had been open for, the last

ernment. Some leaders of the .
Mafdal, who were up until
now against joining the gov-
ernment, if it would not adopt
their version of Who Is a
Jew or agree to the forming
of a government of national
unity. with Likud, are now
ready to accept a compromise
version of the Labor Party
in the Who Is a Jew question.
Accordingly immigrants who
were converted to Judaism
outside of Israel, would not
be registered as Jews and
Israelis for the period of a
year until a special commit-
tee of government decided
the issue.
It is assumed that the new
compromise proposal would
get a majority in the central
committee of the Mafdal and
that the Mafdal would join

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JERUSALEM — Dr. Jac-
ob Steiner, head of the oral
physiology, laboratory at the
Hebrew University-Hadassah
School of Dental Medicine,
founded by Alpha Omega is
discovering why persons in-
stictively favor foods which
are good for them over those
which are not.
A definitive series of
"chew-ins" at which college
students _ patiently downed
as many as 18 specially pre-
pared cookies at one sitting
— in the name of science —
showed that the sweeter the
cookie, the faster you chew
it up. Common sense per-
haps, but the study marks
the first time this simple re-
lationship has been scientifi-
cally verified.
Because the-rate at which
persons chew — like the rate
at which we walk — is gov-
erned partly by our conscious
mind and partly by an in-
nate meehanism, Dr. Steiner
attributes the more rapid
chewing on the sweeter
cookie to an eagerness for
ingestion. Further, he said
that this eagerness is part of
an overall scheme of in-
stincts which ensures that
persons eat the right foods.
To maintain experimental
control, Dr. Steiner had a
leading bakery in Philadel-
phia (where the research
took place) bake up a spec-
ial order of cookies which
were identical in - size, shape,
weight, texture, color and
flavor, and different only in
that some were slightly sal-
tier and others slightly
sweeter. -
During a' sabbatical in
Philadelphia, Dr. Steiner had
the opportunity to collaborate
with scientists at leading in-

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the government after the re-
turn of Premier Rabin from
his visit to the U.S. The older
leaders of the Mafdal are not
afraid of opposition from the
younger leader Levulum Ha-
mer and Dr. Yehuda Ben-
Meir.
Many assume that in the
case of the Mafdal joining
the government, Ms. Aloni
would leave the cabinet and
go over to the opposition.
Maarakh is very much inter-
ested in the Mafdal joining
the government. Such a de-
velopment would also have
some influence and effect on
the talks of Premier Rabin
in Washington. The Labor
Party does not wish a rup-
ture of the cooperation with
the Mafdal, which lasted doz-
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stitutions across the United
States, like the Monell Chem-
ical Senses Center of the Un-
iversity of Pennsylvania,
finding much encouraging re-
sponse to this study, as well
as previous studies on taste
anti smell. ,Now, the results
of his innovative "cookie"
study have been submitted to
the Satellite Symposium of
the International Union of
Physiological Sciences for
discussion in Jerusalem in
October 1974.
As a result of Dr. Steiner's
collaboration in the United
States with Brown University
Profs. Louis Lipsitt and
Trygg Engen, a study of how
infants learn, based on the
"chew-in" findings, is now
in progress there.
Dr. Steiner, a gourmet cook
in his spare time, has been
studying questions of taste
perception since 1966. At that
time he developed a simple
psychophysiologice test to
measure a person's sensitivi-
ty to the four basic tastes —
sweet, sour, salty and bitter.
The first application of the
test was • a study of the effect
of heavy smoking on taste.
Another research on a lar-
ger scale measured the ef-
fect of severe depression on
the ability to taste: This re-
search, conducted entirely
within the framework of the
Hadassah-Hebrew University
Medical Center, showed that
severe depression • is accom-
panied by the dullness of the
sense of taste, verifying com-
plaints of depressive patients
that their favorite foods sud-
denly seemed tasteless.
In the course of these
studies, Dr. Steiner noticed
that adults from different cul-
tures made the same faces
when they tasted the same
materials. He hypothesized
that the acceptance or rejec-
tion of certain tastes might
be an inborn mechanism,
common to all mankind.
This reflex has been found
to be useful for detection of
the Riley-Day syndrome
(Familial Dysotonomia), a
disease which strikes the in-
fants and children of Ash-
kenazi • Jews almost exclus-
ively, and prevents them
from. tasting and feeling
pain.

Revenge has a way of deal-
ing from the bottom of the
deck.

to foil the plans of some
Knesset members of the La-
bor Party to bring about a
new constellation in the gov-
ernment in order to bring the
Rabin Cabinet to a fall. After
the joining of the Mafdal the
government would muster a
majority of 68 from 120 Knes-
set deputies, even if the three
members of Ms. Aloni's Civil
Rights List would leave the
government.
The situation in all -the
Knesset commissions would
change and the coalition join
a majority in them as well as
in the Knesset presidium. Up
until now the opposition could
muster a majority in most of
the Knesset commissions to-
gether with the Mafdal and
the Aguda bloc. Also the
obligatory presence of cabi-
net members and coalition
members in the Knesset
meetings would change, be-
cause the opposition would be
too weak in order to make
use of a casual absence of
some of them in order to try
to bring the government to a
fall.
Therefore, Rabin appealed
to the central committee of
the Labor Party to accept his
compromise proposal in the
Who Is a Jew question and to
enable the Mafdal to join the
government. His proposal was
supported by the majority,

led by the chairman of the
Jewish Agency Pinhas Sapir
and carried by 24 against 5
votes.
Rabin immediately opened
talks with the leaders of the
Mafdal, Mapam and the In-
dependent Liberals, and
asked them to accept his
proposal.
The Likud opposition is, of
course, sharply attacking the
intention of the Mafdal to
join the Rabin Cabinet, as
such a step would strengthen
the, coalition and weaken the
prospects of bringing the gov-
ernment to a fall. On the
other hand there were some
voices in the opposition which
claimed that the joining of
the government by the Maf-
dal would strengthen the wing
in the cabinet which is
against territorial conces-
sions in the West Bank.

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