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January 09, 1976 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-01-09

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18 January 9, 1976

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Blamed for 1973 Setbacks

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Gonen Resigns From Israe Army

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Gem
Shmuel Gonen, who the
Agranat Committee held
responsibile for Israel's mil-
itary defeats at the outset of
the .Yom Kippur War, has
resigned from the army in-
stitute.
He refused to accept a
field command offered him
by Defense Minister Shi-
mon Peres on grounds that
it would imply' that he ac-
cepted the Agranat panel's
conclusion that he was unfit

for a regional command or
to head a department at
general headquarters.
In his letter of resigna-
tion, Gonen reiterated his
charge that the Agranat
Committee made him a
scapegoat for errors on the
Egyptian front.
Gonen, a highly re-
garded armored division
commander during the
1967 Six-Day War, was
commander of the south-
ern region encompassing
Sinai when the Egyptians,
in their surprise attack of
October 1973, 'crossed the
Suez Canal and overran
the Bar-Lev Line.
The Agranat Committee,
appointed by then Premier
Golda Meir to investigate
the conduct of the Yom Kip-
pur War and the events
leading up to it, pointed the
finger at Gonen as the sen-
ior officer most responsible
for Israel's setbacks. Gonen
disputed the committees
findings but was unable to
get them reversed. He was
given a special assignment
at general headquarters
pending a final decision on
his future military career.
The defense minister and
chief of staff apparently
wanted to retain Gonen in a
major command post. Legal
counsel indicated that the
Agranat Verdict did not
preclude his assignment to
command a field unit but
the general chose to resign
instead.

Rainstorm Sweeps
Through Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A
63-year-old Safad woman
was feared to have drowned
in the Jordan River last
week as a result of the tor-,
rential rainstorm that
swept through Israel.
Mrs. Hannah Eisenb;rg,
a member of the Soldiers
Welfare Committee in Sa-
fad, was in a car with four
Other committee members,
taking gifts to soldiers on
the Golan Heights, when
the car stalled on a low
bridge over the Jordan
River, north of the Sea of
Galilee. The driver, Yehuda
Goren, chairman of the Sa-
fad committee, and two
women managed to reach
high land.
But Mrs. Eisenberg and
Mrs. Hannah Bram, were
swept away by the currents.
Mrs. Bram managed to cling
to a rock until a helicopter
rescued her, but Mrs. Eisen-
berg was not found despite a
search by police, soldiers,
kibutz members and other
volunteers.
Meanwhile in Tel Aviv the
storm caused huge traffic
jams in the middle of the
city as the traffic lights
were knocked out. Several
roads were impassible be-
cause of the high water.

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