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July 30, 1976 - Image 2

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-07-30

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THE

Purely Commentary

The Oil-Rich Invasion of the Western Sphere and the Ac-
quisition of Valuable Properties by Arabs in the United
States and Great Britain . . . Threat to Free Press


The Multi-Billion Oil Interests and American Public Opinion

Oil money has invaded the Western world and vast purchases of industries, hotels,
even an island off the coast of South Carolina in this country has now become a matter of
growing concern.
In Great Britain the purchases are immense. The Arab money is also making its
impact upon banks and resorts in many parts of the United States.
This is not a new development. It commenced with the embargo of 1973 and has
grown to greater proportions.
u. -ican concern, however, already was felt more than two years ago, and cartoon-
ists reacted sharply.
The accompanying reproductions of cartoons of two years ago indicate the American
reaction. to that development.
Naturally, this is cause for concern. Arab power may affect Israel's relationships. All
the more reason for vigilance.
It is difficult to believe that the American people will approve of Arab domination of
banks, industries, hotels and other financially-involved super-deals. But big business is
another matter and it often influences government. It is on that score that there must be
caution in the ranks of humanly- and democratically-minded citizens.
* * *

By Philip
Slomovitz

Chicago Daily News

Golden egg

Post Crescent, Appleton, Wis.

Threat to Free Press From Third World and UNESCO

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A threat to the free flow of news from Latin American and Third World countries
is causing serious concern, and in effect it might have on communications generally pre-
sents an appalling outlook for the news media and therefore for all who seek unpolluted
information about world events.
The attempt to impose control of news by the governnients seeing restrictions on
untrammeled reporting gains special concern because the movement to control the news
has the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,
which gives its support to the restrictive efforts by dictatorial governments. UNESCO
already suffers from such pressures to an extent that undermines the values of what had
been a most important movement for progressive tasks in the world.
The UNESCO role, the attempts by dictatorships to control the news of vast areas in
the world whose status is of concern to all mankind presents a challenge to those deter-
mined to assure freedom in the communications media. It is a new problem for the free
world.

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Prof. Haber's Realism: The Hard Facts and Glories of Israel

Prof. William Haber unquestionabli, rates among the realists in the ranks of Israel's
devotees. His present role as a leader in solidifying educational activities in Israel's univ-
ersities takes him to the Jewish state very often. He has just returned from another of
his frequent visits there and he gives us an overview that is both distressing and hearten-
ing. Here is a portion of his message to us:
"Since I was in Jerusalem for some days, I was able to sense the impact of the Uganda
raid on the public mind. The problems are the same, nothing has changed. The economy
has never, in the 28 years of the state's existence, been so shaky. Israel has made a world
record: the highest foreign trade deficit of any country in the world in history.
"What has changed, however, is the mood of the country. It is now about where it was
a week after the Six-Day War in June of 1967. One other thing has changed which is worth
mentioning. There is a feeling, perhaps much more than a feeling, that the problems are
inherently soluble."
Here we have a mixture of the negative with the positive. Dr. Haber, one of America's
most distinguished economists — before assumption of his present post as advisor to the
president and executive officers of the University of Michigan he was dean of the U. of M.
Department of Economics — has judged the economic situation in Israel and found it in
temporary decline. Then he witnessed the emergence of a new spirit of confidence and a
new mood resulting from the bravery of the Israelis at Entebbe.
His is a message eminently worth reading and applying to American Jewry's' interest
in the security of Israel. It inspires a desire to keep the mood on a high level and it calls for
all possible assistance to make Israel secure.
This is the type of message that should be welcomed. It is a combination of realism
and dedication to a great need. More power to such messengers of truth and pragmatism.



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Ra'anan Weitz's Southern Project to Make the Negev Desert Bloom

By GIL SEDAN

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
When Ra'anan Weitz looks
at the Negev Desert he sees
what some argue is a mi-
rage — a wild dream — the
blossoming of a more than
300,000 acre stretch of land,
populated by 200,000 enthu-
siastic settlers, with hun-
dreds of millions of cubic
meters of water, produced
by a nuclear reactor. But
two weeks ago, Weitz, chair-
man of the Jewish Agency
Settlement Department,
convinced Premier Yitzhak
Rabin that his vision was
worth serious .consideration.
The idea of developing a
vast rural area east of Beer-
sheba is no wild dream for
Weitz. "The Southern Pro-
ject," as he calls it, is, as far
as Weitz is concerned, a nat-
ural consequence, consider-
ing Israel's economic, social
and political needs at the
present.

Since Israel is almost

totally self-sufficient in
supplying its agricultural
needs, one might think it is
time to divert public atten-
tion — and funds — from
the countryside to indus-
trialized areas.

But Weitz said no. Be-
cause agriculture has been
one of the success stories of
the Israeli economy, it
should be broadened, inten-
sified and adjusted to new
needs. The farming branch
could serve as a valuable
tool in bridging the alarm-
ing gap in the balance of
trade, Weitz said. Moreover,
he observed rural settlers
have always been — and
will continue to be — the so-
cial elite. In addition, agri-
cultural settlements are
important elements in the
country's defense lines.
Weitz believes that the
sand dunes of the Negev
have just the right soil for
growing grains and vegeta-
bles for export. This has

been the successful experi-
ence of the new settlements
in the Raffah area on the
Mediterranean coast near/
Gaza.
Weitz's projected develop-
ment area would stretch
from Raffah east to the Hal-
utza sand dunes on the in-
ternational border line be-
tween Israel proper and the
Sinai peninsula, and up to
Beersheba in the north.
Similar work would be done
in the Arava along the
southern border with Jor-
dan, and in the northern
Jordan Valley between Jeri-
cho and Beisan.

The biggest problem of
all is water. The project
will demand, according to
Weitz's own calculations,
some 220 million cubic
meters of water yearly.

This figure sounds like
science fiction in terms of
the dry Negev. Weitz's solu-
tion is the creation of a nu-
clear reactor which would

supply 600 million mega-
watts of electricity and 120
million cubic meters of wa-
ter by desalination, with an
investment of $800 million.
Even this will not be
enough to cover the project's
water needs. An additional
plant would supply another
100 million cubic meters of
water by bringing purified
sewage water from the Tel
Aviv area to the south.
The plan, so clear on
paper, presents tremendous
difficulties. One key prob-
lem, quite obviously, is
money. The scheme would
cost some $2.25 billion. Most
of the money, some $1.5 bil-
lion, Weitz said, would be
raised as a loan from for-
eign sources, most probably
the U.S.

According to Weitz's
plan, settlement would
begin four years after the
initial planning of the
project. Then would come
the operation of the puri-

fied water system, and,
after eight years, the nu-
clear reactor. The water
system would be com-
pleted within 10 years and
the entire project within 15
years.

His plans raise the ques-
tion whether carrying out
the "Southern Project"
would not jeopardize efforts
to settle the Galilee, of
which more than half the
population are Arabs. "On
the contrary," said Weitz,
"the 'Southern Project' will
serve as the economic basis
for the development of the
Galilee. In order to develop
Galilee."
On political grounds, the
plan has met with stiff criti-
cism. Advocates of Greater
Israel accuse Weitz, known
as a dove, of proposing the
plan to divert attention
from their demands for po-
pulating the occupied areas.
Weitz responds that he

reached his conclusions and
calculations entirely on eco-
nomic considerations.

Rabin approved two
weeks ago the setting up of
a team of six experts to
work out a specific plan for
the "Southern Project."
Within a year, the experts
are scheduled to bring their
findings before the Cabinet
for a final decision.
The plan, no doubt,
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cause much controvert
has already been widely at-
tacked in the press, mainly
for what was described as
unsound economic calcula-
tions. But last week one col-
umnist, Avraham
Schweitzer of Ha'aretz i
wrote: "Nowadays, when a
large part of the society de-
pends on welfare, it is good
to remember that one can
cure a society with develop-
ment, rather than with cold,
institutionalized charity."

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