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August 29, 1975 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-08-29

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

ADL Gets Grant
to Prepare Film

Robin Imitative of U.S. White House

NEW YORK (JTA) — A
grant has been made by the
American Revolution Bicen-
tennial - Administration to
the Ant i -De fa m at ion
League of Bnai Brith for
preparation of a filmstrip to
illustrate the contributions
of immigrants of various
ethnic backgrounds to the
struggle for independence
200 years ago.
ADL officials said the
filmstrip will he distributed
through a series of town
meetings across the nation
and, with a study guide,
through school programs
which integrate the mateial
with history and social stud-
ies courses. -
Entitled "West of Free-
dom." the 30-minute films-
trip will he accompanied by
audio cassette narrative by
Millard Lampell, who wrote
the scripts of "Jews in
America - and "Italians in
America, - two previous
ADL filmstrips. The new
filmstrip is scheduled for re-
lease in the fall.

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JERUSALEM — Slowly
but surely Yitzhak Rabin is
developing- his own pattern
of premiership. Several ob-
servers here have begun de-
tecting "presidential" meth-
ods in Rabin's style and
comparing- the system he is
building up around him to
that of the White House in
Washing- ton.
A year after he became
premier, Rabin began to
surround himself With
— advisers." Within a few
clays he announced the ap-
pointment of Gem Rahavam
Zeevi as his adviser for intel-
ligence affairs, Gen. Ariel
Sharon as a "general con-
sultant," and Avraham_Ag-
mon — the outgoing direc-
tor general of the Finance
Ministry — as adviser on
the Arab economic boycott.
Rabin also announced his
intention to nominate an ad-
viser on ecological affairs.
He has his own adviser for
press and public relations,
Dan Pattir — the first such
aide to an Israeli premier.
All these appointments
indicate that Rabin intends
to strengthen the control of
the premiership over the
cabinet and the governmen-
tal administration.
This aim in itself is not
necessarily undesirable.
But some political observ-
ers fear that by establish-
ing an independent forum
of advisers in his bureau,
Rabin is in danger of dis-
torting the delicate admin-
istrative balance between
the government, the civil
service and the parliament
that has been meticulously
nurtured over many years.
No one really knows what
the precise task of Rabin's
new adviser on intelligence
affairs will be. As it is, there
are three agencies dealing
with these matters — not
without some friction over
authority and jurisdiction.
Similar doubts have ari-
sen with regard to Sharon,
Rabin's "general adviser." If

Rabin intended to use
Sharon as his liaison with
the army, he soon realized
that the present military
leadership strongly opposed
that prospect. Chief of Staff
Mordechai Gur and Defense
Minister Shimon Peres ob-
jected to Sharon's appoint-
ment and are unlikely to al-
low him to intervene in
army business.
Another conundrum is
the premier's purpose in
seeking- to appoint an ad-
viser. on ecological affairs.
In Israel there are no less
than 20 governmental agen-
cies dealing with ecological
policy. There is even a gov-
ernmental body which is
supposed to coordinate their
activities. How the pre-
mier's bureau is going to fit
into this bureaucratic con-
glomeration is an unsolved
riddle.
From a constitutional
point of view, there is some
doubt over whether and
how the Knesset can have
direct supervisory author-
ity over the premier's
"satellite administra-
tion."
It is curious to observe
that Rabin's permanent ef-
fort to increase his control
over the administration has
met with no objections from
other cabinet ministers.
Although a few cabinet
members expressed their
astonishment at the ap-
pointment of both Gens.
Zeevi and Sharon, no one
made a real effort to prevent
them. The cabinet members
— who may be the first to
he hit by these appoint-
ments — say that according
to the law, the premier has
, the privilege to nominate as
many personal advisers as
he wishes.
While the ministers have
been passive at Rabin's
moves to increase the sta-
tus and power of the pre-
miership, they have unani-
mously opposed a similar
move recently by the legis-
lative branch — the Knes-
set.

Anti-Zionist Groups Seek
Probe of Israeli Lobbyist

JERUSALEM — Three
American anti-Zionist or-
ganizations have asked the
U.S. Justice Department to
investigate how an Israeli
lobbyist allegedly obtained
confidential information
about the proposed sale,
blocked in Congress, of
Hawk missiles to Jordan.
The request, in a telegram
to attorney general Edward
Levi, came from lobbyist
Norman Dacey, chairman of
the American Palestine
Committee.
Ile referred to a report in
the New York Times that
.American-Israel Public Af-

itirtb nelitioal)

Plane, Bus, Car and Hotel

Re'servations

BY UZI BENZIMAN

(('opyright 1973. JTA. Inc.)

[abets 5 57-67

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fairs Committee head Mor-
ris Amitay was told of the
planned sale the same day a
secret White House memo
reached the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee and
the House Foreign Affairs
Committee.

The Times article had
said Amitay received news
of the proposed Hawk sale
through aides of Senator
Clifford Case of New Jer-
sey and Representative
Jonathan Bingham of New
York.

Amitay, a former aide to
Connecticut Sen. Abraham
Ribicoff, told the paper the
congressmen had sought his
reaction to the plan: a few
days later he warned all
members or Congress that it
wou ld gi ve j (ii •d an cove ,. for
offensive operations against
Israel, and subsequent trou-
ble in Congress made the
White I Louse announce that
sale of the weapons had
been deferred.

There have been several
initiatives to raise the
House's prestige and give it
"teeth." A number of Knes-
seters demanded the ap-
pointment of professional
experts to assist the legisla-
tors.
One Knesseter initiated a
bill to authorize the Knesset
committees to investigate
governmental officials
( under the present practice
a committee has the right to
hear evidence from a gov-
ernment official only after
the approval of the minister
concerned). Three Knesse-
ters suggested that deci-
sions of the House commit-
tees he binding upon
government agencies and
departments (at present the
conclusions have a standing
of recommendations only).
None of these innova-
tions have been accom-
plished yet. The govern-
ment has opposed them.
In these circumstances —
with the parliament weak
and the government corn-
prising- three parties, often
rent by internal difficulties,
Rabin's effort to build up a
novel administrative machi-
nery around himself may
well succeed.

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