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February 07, 1975 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-02-07

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Detroiter Finds Jewish Identity Shifmans Dedicate Woodland
During Junior Year in Israel

JERUSALEM — "Many
Americans have a utopian
image of modern Israel. But
let's face it. There are inter-
nal problems here too—social
problems and economic prob-
lems," observed Larry Sklar,
a junior:year-abroad student
at the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem.
Larry is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. William Sklar, 30900
Clubhouse Lane, Farmington
Hills. He did not come to
Israel to study the modern
state, but has found a unique
opportunity to understand
the situation in Israel the
year after the Yom Kippur
War.
"One problem is that so
much time and money have
been spent on security wor-
ries," he said. "The stand-
ard of living suffers. The so-
cial area suffer. But as long
as Israeli leaders share tra-
ditional Jewish values I'm
sure there will be a concen-
trated effort to clear up so-
cial problemS as soon as the
security problems are stabil-
e ized."
Majoring in both Hebrew
and psychology at Wayne
State University, Larry went

to Israel to study the sources
of Jewish traditions and to
learn more about his own
Jewish identity. "I've been
able to look more objectively
at my Judaism," he said,
"and understand it more. In-
stead of just having blind
faith I've started to think
and evaluate.
"Being here you receive a
very different impression of
Jewish history and tradition.
Israel brings things all to-
gether. There are echoes of
ancient Israel everywhere."
After completing his BA
at Wayne, Larry plans to at-
tend graduate school in Jew-
ish education. He is studying
modern Hebrew, Jewish
thought, and Jewish history
at the Hebrew University
and also studies traditional
.Jewish sources — Bible and
Jewish law — at a yeshiva
in Jerusalem.
He is one of some 450 over-
seas students on the one-year
program at the Hebrew Uni-
versity.

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Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Shifman of Southfield are shown
during the recent dedication of their woodland of trees in
Israel. The Shifman Woodland was started by their son
Burton during his presidency of the Jewish National Fund,
and his brother and sister, Arnold and Mrs. Marilyn Aaron.

Writer Says U.S. Propaganda
Drive May Hurt Kissinger Talks

NEW YORK — New York
Times columnist Jam6 Res-
ton wrote recently that Sec-
retary of State Henry Kis-
singer's planned trip to the
Middle East will be more
Don't try to forget mistakes complicated than in the past
of the past—use the experi- due to the recent propaganda
ences as a guide for the fu- campaign 'by Israeli and
ture.
Arab extremists in the U.S.
Reston concluded in an arti-
cle entitled, "Who Are The
Friends of Israel?" that the
campaign may harm rather
than help Israel especially
during the present economic
crisis. According to Reston
"nothing is more likely to
damage Israel's chances of
getting another large trans-
fusion of American military
and economic aid than a big
propaganda campaign by the
Israeli hardliners.
"They have great influence
in the Congress, but in the
middle of the present econo-
mic crisis, a slogan of no Is-
raeli concessions and more
American arms has a very
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limited appeal."
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Reston added that Kissing-
er did some damage with his
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own remark about the pos-
sible use of force in the' Mid-
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actual strangulation of the
industrial world."
According to Reston, Kis-
singer's statement set off a
string of articles by extrem-
ists and those not so extreme.
One of the "extremists" he
Bertha Greenberg
Betty Katzman
quoted was Robert W. Tuck-
er, who wrote in the Ameri-
THE
can Jewish Committee's mag-
azine, Commentary, that the
oil cartel could be broken by
seizing the Arabian oil fields
along 'the Persian Gulf. How-
LTD.
ever, Reston said the article
was' followed by more force-
ful statements by spokesmen
for the oil-producing coun-
tries, "pretending interven-
tion in the Middle East."
However, Reston quoted
'Pulitzer Prize-winning histor-
ian, Barbara W. Tuchman,
who contends that the Israeli
concessions which Kissinger .
recommends are a form- of
"futile appeasement."
According to Barbara Tuch-
man, "There follows a rising
demand upon Israel for con-
cessions: a return of the Mit-
la and Giddi passes and) Si-
nai oil fields to Egypt, the
Golan Heights to Syria, Jeru-
salem to satisfy King Faisal,
the West Bank to the PLO.
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"After that, why not give
up sovereignty altogether,
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and share a democratic state
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Thurs. 'til 8
with Yasir Arafat? . . . The

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12 Friday, February 7, 1975

rule of human behavior here
is that yielding to an enemy's
demands does not satisfy
them but, by exhibiting a po-
sition of weakness, augments
them."
Reston writes that a Zion-
ist Organization of America
advertisement in the Jan. 30
issue of the New York Times
follows the same line sug-
gesting that appeasement of
the "Soviet-Arab axis" will
not .bring peace or lower oil
prices, only a secure Israel
in alliance with the ,U.S. can
bring about those results.
I. F. Stone, whom Reston
calls a calmer voice, wrote
that it would be dangerous
for the future of the U.S.
JeWish community and Israel
to have it look as if the "Jew-
ish influence" 'were trying to
get the U.S. into war with
the Arabs." He said the eco-
nomic crisis and energy
crisis are problems enough
for the U.S.

HISTADRUT is the great organization of
Israel's pioneers and builders. It was founded
in 1920 by David Ben-Gurion and his col-
leagues. All of Israel's Prime Ministers,
from Ben-Gurion through Moshe Sharett,
Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir, have come
from the ranks of Histadrut to lead the
country along the road to a better society
based on the noble ideals of the Hebrew
prophets.

HISTADRUT encompasses nearly two mil-
lion men, women and children in Israel. It
maintains the country's largest health serv-
ice, Kupat Holim, whose hospitals, clinics
and related medical institutions care for
70% of the entire population. Histadrut
maintains one of Israel's finest vocational
school systems; a national network of cul-
tural and educational centers; homes for
the aged; children's villages for the young;
and many other facilities.

This vast program of health, education and
social welfare is supported by generous
Americans of all faiths. Huge amounts of
money are needed for the expansion of
these programs to meet the needs of the
rapidly growing 'population. The Israel
Histadrut Campaign is a major channel
through which this financial help is pro-
vided, now and for years to come.

Your gift will be very much appreciated.
Mail to: Israel Histadrut Campaign, 28555
Middlebelt Rd., Farmington, Michigan
48024.

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