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May 09, 1975 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-05-09

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8 Friday, May 9, 1975


Israeli Cabinet to Root Out Rampant Corruption

The cabinet decided to as-
sume direct responsibility
for implementing the rec-
ommendations contained in
State Comptroller Yitzhak
Nebenzahl's recent report
for rooting our corruption,
incompetence and fraud al-
leged to exist in most
branches of the government
and the armed forces. Civil
servants who are slow to
carry out the comptroller's
recommendations may face
disciplinary action, the cabi-
net warned.
The cabinet session was
devoted largely to a discus-

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sion of the Nebenzahl re- made in the nation's "fi- to stockpile supplies as
port's disclosures and the nancial system" which, his directed by the army, but
comptroller's assertion that report claims, breeds and , when the Yom Kippur War
if more attention had been nourishes corruption, it broke out, the needed sup-
paid to his previous reports, "will damange, the very ex- plies were not available.
some of the recently ex- istence of the state and
posed cases of corruption might even destroy her and • He also reported that
might have been avoided.
our existence as a society." Ashdod dock workers were
The cabinet instructed
Premier Yitzhak Rabin paid unlimited overtime for
Finance Minister Yehoshua announced two weeks ago unloading ammunition on
Rabinowitz to report to it that his government was the Sabbath.
quarterly on the progress taking the offensive against
Meanwhile, Defense Min-
made in implementing the corruption in the civil serv-
ister Shimon Peres dis-
comptroller's recommenda- ice and would spare no one closed
he has ap-
tions. Hitherto, the finance regardless of position. He proached that
three persons to
ministry alone was respon- acknowledged that it was form a non-partisan watch-
sible for following up the not a matter of just a few dog committee against cor-
state comptroller's propos- exceptional cases but a ruption in Israel's defense
widespread and serious establishment.
The issue was raised by phenomenon.
Gideon Hausner, minister-.
Although the Nebenzahl
The comptroller's report
without-portfolio of the cited misues of funds on report found corruption to
Independent Liberal Party fortifications on the Golan exist throughout the civil
who wrote to Premier Yit- Heights and found that the service, the public has been
zhak Rabin last week urg- defense ministry overpaid most shocked by the expo-
ing him to set aside pre- local vehicle assembly sure of bribery and fraud in
cedent and schedule a firms millions of pounds the defense ministry and
cabinet debate on the because Of the faulty su- armed forces, hitherto re-
comptroller's 'report.
pervision of a $20 million garded as models of probity.
Nebenzahl said that un- contract. It found that mil- Peres has declared that. he
less drastic changes are itary industries were paid would not shield the ident-
ity of any officials involved
no matter how high their

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Honors Famous Jewish-American Patriots

HAYM SALOMON 1740-1785

Financier • Banker of the American Revolution • Patriot


aym Salomon was a fervent patriot
whose love of liberty and business
acumen combined to make him the
' financial hero in the War of Inde-
pendence. Born in Poland in 1740,' he was
forced to flee that country in 1772, due to his
fight for freedom, along with Pulaski and
Kosciusko who became military heroes of the
Salomon prospered from the 'very start in
America, doing business with wealthy loyalists
while joining the Sons of Liberty, a group of
revolutionary patriots. He was twice arrested
by the British but managed to escape execution
both times: finally fleeing to Philadelphia.
Salomon's reputation for honesty and skill in
trade, especially foreign, attracted Robert
Morris, then Superintendent of Finance, who
called on him for help in raising money to wage
the war, and later to save the emerging nation
from financial collapse. Morris' diary indicates
some 75 transactions were made by the two
men between August 1781 and April 1784.
As President Calvin Coolidge said of Haym

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Salomon: "He negotiated for Robert' Morris
all the loans raised in France and Holland,
pledged his personal faith and fortune for enor-
mous amounts, and personally advanced large
sums to such men as James Madison, Thomas
Jefferson, Baron Steuben -; General St. Clair and
many other patriot leaders who testified that
without his aid they could not have carried on
the cause."
Salomon's place in history is memorialized by
a 20-foot high statue standing at Wabash and
Wacker in Chicago. Unveiled in 1941, the
statue depicts three great Revolutionaries,
George Washington in the middle, flanked by
Robert Morris and Haym Salomon. It is a tell-
ing tribute to the Jewish-American patriot
whose life was dedicated to his family, friends
and country.


Honoring 1776
and Famous
Jews in
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He said the people asked
to undertake the watchdog
task were Shimon Avidan,
former commander of the
famed Givati Brigade that
fought the Egyptians in
Israel's War for Independ-
ence in 1948 and who is
presently secretary gen-
eral of the Mapam-spon-
sored Hakibutz Haartzi
movement; and Prof. Hans
Klinghoffer, a former
Knesset member and legal
advisor to the Liberal
Party. The name of the
third person, described as
a prominent auditor, was
not immediately disclosed.
Peres said that the three-
man team would be pro-
vided with a staff of audi-
tors, accountants and other
professionals to help oversee
the transactions and
maintenance systems of the
defense ministry and the
armed forces.
Additional cases of al-
leged corruption have been
uncovered in the defense
ministry and while some of
them are of a relatively
petty nature, they are re-
garded as serious because of
their impact on public con-
fidence in the defense estab-
It was disclosed that 16
persons are being ques-
tioned by police in the
northern district in connec-
tion with mishandling of
goods, falsifying delivery
documents and missing
goods from a military con-
struction materials depot on
the Golan Heights.
The persons under in-
vestigation were identified
as contractors, clerks, two
sergeant-majors who were
formerly employed as ci-
vilian workers at the sup-
ply depot and the officers
in charge of the depot.
In New York, Haifa's
Mayor Yosef Almogi ex-
pressed deep concern over
the recent cases of corrup-
tion in Israel and called for
an uncompromising all-out
war against it. "I am not as
concerned about the United
States Mideast policy as I
am concerned over the cor-


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ruption in Israeli society," baum, head of the Interna-
Almogi said.
tional Credit Bank, will be
Almogi, who is also a presented this week before a
Knesset member, arrived Geneva remand court where
here last Thursday night for the state prosecutor will ask
a 10-day lecture tour on be- that he be kept in preventive
half of the Israel Bond Or- –detention on charges of
ganization. He is scheduled fraud and misuse of public
to address meetings on the funds. With him will appear
East Coast. He said Friday Abraham Rimmer, a direc-
that he will not meet with tor of the .bank. The two
American officials during men were arrested last
week at Geneva Airport
his tour.
they were about to leavE
In ,Geneva, Tibor Rosen- country for Paris.


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