The Peace Talks
as Possible Plots
on Israel's Life
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Israel Political Transition Begun;
party Intrigues Stimulate Crisis
JDC Aids Israel's
JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Ephraim Katzir will begin consultations with various party
leaders Sunday and will eventually ask one of them to form a transition government to govern
Israel until elections are held. The Knesset is expected to dissolve itself late next week and set an
election date, probably in mid-May.
But judging from developments, the transition regime will not be a peaceful one. A major
battle is looming in the Labor Party where Defense Minister Shimon Peres is about to launch an
all-out challenge against Premier Yitzhak Rabin for leadership of the party. If he wins, he will
head the Labor list on election day and, assuming a Labor victory, would probably become Israel's
next Premier: Former Foreign Minister Abba Eban announced his candidacy Wednesday.
Likud, meanwhile, is seeking a temporary coalition with other factions to build sufficient support
to convince President Katzir to name it to head the transition government. Likud reportedly was
trying to woo the Rafi faction of the Labor Party, headed by Peres, to bolt Labor and form a bloc with it.
But sources close to Peres said Wednesday that the defense minister has.not been approached
by any other party. The sources said that Peres will formally announce his candidacy for Labor
Party leadership and claimed he had a good chance to defeat Rabin whose stewardship has been
criticized from within the party.
In fact, one of Rabin's closest supporters, Justice Minister Chaim Zadok, appeared to modify
his previous opposition to a challenge by Peres. Only a few weeks
ago, Zadok stated that it was improper and undignified for a sitting
Cabinet minister to run against the Premier and that anyone with
such ambitions should first resign. But in a radio interview Wednes-
day, Zadok noted that the Cabinet is now a care-taker government
from which no minister can resign under Israeli law. According to
observers, Zadok implied that Peres is now free to contest party
leadership with Rabin without relinquishing his portfolio and that
he, Zadok, would do nothing to prevent him from doing so.
Rabin officially announced his government's resignation to the
Knesset Tuesday. During the debate that followed, Likud leader
Menachem Beigin demanded that Rabin cancel his January trip to
Washington to meet with President Carter. He told Rabin, "On Jan.
20 Carter will legally represent the majority of Americans who
elected him President but you, when you go to meet him, will repre-
sent a minority in the Knesset and a minority of the people of this
Rabin resigned apparently to- offset a no-confidence vote in the
Knesset. A canvas of the various independent and splinter factions
indicated that the Labor Alignment could not count on their support
and would be unseated. In view of Rabin's resignation, Likud withdrew
its no-confidence motion.
Earlier, the Labor Alignment approved Rabin's recommenda-
WASHINGTON (JTA) —
tion to advance the elections originally scheduled to be held late next
Harold Brown, the pre-
cocious Bronx High School
But the two Independent Liberal ministers, Moshe Kol and Gi-
of Science student who be-
A blind child studies a relief map of Israel.
JERUSALEM — Severely visually handicapped
elementary school children in Jerusalem, Haifa, Ash-
kelon and Nahariya will be able to read regular books
with the help of special closed circuit television,
thanks to an agreement reached between the Ameri-
can Jewish Joint, Distribution Committee in Israel
(JDC) and the Ministry of Education who are provid-
ing 100,000 Pounds ($1,100) each for the provision of
educational aids to the country's 2,500 to 3,000 blind
and near-blind children.
The instruments project a printed page on. a
greatly enlarged screen for children unable, because
of insufficient eyesight, to read books. The camera can
focus on and enlarge any object displayed by the
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$1 8,000,000 Viewed Imperative Allied Campaign
'77 Goal; Urgent Pleas for Day Schools, Retarded
By ALAN HITSKY
The 1977 Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel Emergency Fund mist raise $1.5 million more than in 1976 to meet the needs
its 60 local, national and overseas beneficiaries.
Summing up the requests of the various budgeting divisions of the Jewish Welfare Federation during last. week's
Pre-Campaign Budget Conference at the Jewish Community Center, Sol Drachler, Federation executive director, said that
local agencies were seeking an additional $500,000 over their 1976 allocations.
The budgeting formula used by Detrpit's AJC-IEF in recent years requires a similar increase for the national and overseas
beneficiaries as well as the.Israel Emergency Fund. Therefore, Drachler said, the minimum goal for the 1977 Campaign is $18
Eloquent statements for increased aid on behalf of the Jewish day school movement and Detroit's Jewish retarded
were made at the meeting, in what have become annual requests to satisfy urgent needs.
Rabbi David Nelson of Cong. Beth Shalom, who is serving as president of the Conservative Rabbis of Metropolitan
Detroit, read a statement from the rabbis calling for a significant increase in aid to the day schools.
The rabbis' statement cited day school education for providing the most hours of intensive instruction in Jewish
curricula and values:It recognized the increased support from Federation (from $39,000 to $138,000 in five years) for
Detroit's three day schools, but stated:
"Nevertheless, the financial difficulties which day schools face are becoming ever more serious. As day school education is
the most intensive form of Jewish education, it is also the most expensive. None of the day schools want to exclude children of
our community simply because they cannot afford the ever increasing rates of tuition. Day school education should be
accessible to all the community."
Shortly after Rabbi Nelson's presentation, Rabbi Milton Rosenbaum of Temple Emanu-El, representing the Rabbinical
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News on Trifa
WXYZ-TV (Ch. 7) and WJBK-TV (Ch.
2) received bomb threats Monday even-
ing after airing portions of a press con-
ference taped earlier in the day with Dr.
Charles Kremer of New York, who has
been leading a 25-year fight against al-
leged war criminal Archbishop Valerian
Trifa of Grass Lake, Mich.
Dr. Kremer, who spent two days in
Detroit while on a two-week speaking en-
gagement in Cleveland, had repeated
charges at the press conference that Trifa
led a Romanian Iron Guard pogrom in
Bucharest in 1941. He also repeated
charges that many of the priests in Trifa's
Romanian Orthodox Church of America
were Iron Guardists who had never re-
ceived any training as priests.
Dr. Kremer said he. has received
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