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14 Friday, February 4, 1977

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Polls Show Preferences for Israeli Candidates

TEL AVIV (JTA) —
Premier Yitzhak Rabin
may be the most popular
candidate with Israeli
women but he, makes a
very poor showing among
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cording to the results of a
series of polls.
Women who responded
to a questionnaire se-
lected Rabin as their
favorite by 20.6 percent,
followed by Defense
Minister Shimon Peres
(17.5 percent), Likud
leader Menachem Beigin
(14 percent) and Yigal
Yadin, leader of the Dem-
ocratic Movement for
Change (4 percent).
On the Haifa Technion
campus, however, stu-
dents favored Yadin's
movement by 27.8 per-
cent, followed by Peres
(26.6 percent) and Rabin,
a poor third (13.9 per-
cent). Beigin almost tied
Rabin with 13.6 percent
approval.
Gen. Ariel Sharon, head
of the Shlomzion move-
ment, trailed with 8.3 per-
cent. -
Peres topped the list at
Bar Ilan University
where he was favored by
21 percent of the student
body followed by Beigin
(20 percent), Yadin (13.5
percent), Sharon (6.4 per-
cent) and Rabin and
former Foreign Minister
Abba Eban tied with 4.3
percent each.
Former Defense Minis-
ter. Moshe Dayan polled
only 3.2 pecent and
former Interior Minister
Yosef Burg of the Na-
tional Relgious Party got
only 1 percent of the stu-
dent vote at religious-
oriented Bar Ilan.
At Tel Aviv University,
Likud swept the field
with 74 percent of the
student vote.
Meanwhile, Mapam
went on record Monday as
opposing Defense Minis-
ter Shimon Peres in his bid
to oust Premier Yitzhak
Rabin as leader of the
Labor Party.
The leader of the Labor

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Party is also in effect the
leader of the Labor
Alignment in which
Mapam is one of the two
partners.
The Mapam conven-
tion, in agreeing by a
527-313 vote Sunday
night to -remain in the
Alignment, did not only
make it conditional on the
Labor Party accepting
the recommendation of
its political subcommittee
that Israel express
willingness for territorial'
changes- on -all 'fronts.
It also set a condition
that Labor nominate for
Premier a man who can
identify himself with this
policy and be trusted to
implement it when he
comes into office.
This was seen as official
opposition to Peres who is
considered a hardliner on
the issues of the ter-
ritories.
Mapam also demanded
that the Labor Party be
ready to move "toward a
socialist economic policy,
a softer attitude toward
Israeli Arabs and the
creation of Labor-Mapam
forums at which policies
could be worked out.
The Labor Party's an-
swer will come at its con-
vention.
Thus far, the party has
agreed on the agenda of
its convention to be held
Feb. 22-24 with the par-
ticipation of 3,000 dele-
gates.
The convention will de-
termine the party's future
course and future leader-
ship but the manner of
electing a new leader is
still a matter of hOt debate
in party circles.
Continued political
wrangling has shown the
wide gap in the political
views of former Foreign
Minister Abba Eban and
Defense Minister Shimon
Peres.
But the two men, each
of whom hopes to replace
Premier Yitzhak Rabin
as head of the Labor
Party, agree that major
reforms in Israeli gov-
ernment and society are
long overdue.
Both are on the cam-
paign trail to let the pub-
lic know what changes
could be expected should
one or the other attain

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Kook Favors
Rabbi Kahane

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Rabbi Meir Kahane,
founder of the Jewish De-
fense League and leader
of Tnuat Kakh (Thus), has
been endorsed in his bid
for a Knesset seat by
_Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook,
son of the first Chief
Rabbi of Israel and the
spiritual leader of the
Gush Emunim.
Kook had been a
staunch supporter of the
National Religious Party
but broke with them in
1974 when they entered
the Rabin government
over his opposition.
The JDL leader, who
expressed delight with
this support, said he
plans to concentrate his
efforts to win a Knesset
seat by campaigning,
-among Kook's' folloivers.

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the Premiership after the
May 17 elections.
Eban, a scholar and
probably the most
eloquent diplomat Israel
has produced, has no illu-
sions about his chances.
He lacks a constituency
within the Labor Party
whereas both Rabin and
Peres enjoy support from
powerful factions within
Labor.
Most political analysts
believe — and Eban prob-
ably concedes it — that
the party would turn to
him for leadership only if
Rabin and Peres became
hopelessly deadlocked.
Yet Eban appears to
enjoy the campaign diol-
gue. 'At a press confer-
ence at - Sokolow House
last week he stressed not
his doveish views on
foreign policy but the re
forms he would institute
during his first year in of-
fice if elected premier.
Peres has also taken to
the hustings. He is speak-
ing and answering ques-
tions all over the country.
He recently spent sev-
eral hours with student
groups discussing his own
plans for internal reform.
He said he would
nate or reshuffle at least
six ministers — he did not
name them — and de-
clared that he wanted at
least one woman in the
Cabinet, a statement that
drew applause from the
women students.
He also said that a
Peres Cabinet would in-
clude a representative of
the new immigrant town-
ships and that he would
have a ministerial post
for Eban.
Peres insisted that a
Labor team under his

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leadership would garner
more votes than one led by
Rabin.
In the meantime, the
Labor Party is trying de-
sparately to prevent the
defection from its ranks
of a powerful and influen-
tial group of Histadrut
industrialists — many of
them high-ranking re-
serve officers — which
seems about to join•orces
with Prof. Yigal Yadin's
new Democratic Move-
ment for Change.
The group, known as
the Histadrut Economic
Network, is headed b
Gen. (res.) Meir Amit, fo
nearly 10 years the direc-
tor general of Koor In-
dustries, the giant His-
tadrut conglomerate.
Other members include
Res. Gens. Tzvi Zamir,
former head of the army
security services and
presently director gen-
eral of the Haifa oil re-
fineries; Abraham
Botzer, former comman-
der of the Navy and now
director general of the
Eilat-Ashkelon pipeline

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company.

Also Col. Iska Shadmi, a
combat veteran who is di-
rector of a Koor sub-
sidiary; and Itzhak Raviv,
acting director of the Is-
rael Ports Authority.
Another member of the
group is David Golomb, a
prominent economist
employed by Koor.
Amit and his associates
have been conferring for
weeks with leaders of
Yadin's movement and
appear to be convinced
that the Labor Party, as
it is presently consti-
tuted, cannot effect the
internal reforms that Is-
rael urgently needs.

til

Jews Demand FTC Head's
Resignation for. Racial Slur

WASHINGTON (JTA)

— Jewish members of the
Senate and the House
emerged Wednesday in
the forefront of deinands
for the-resignation or re-
moval of Federal Trade
Commissioner Paul Rand
Dixon because of his ra-
cial slur aimed at con-
sumer advocate Ralph
Nader who is of Lebanese
descent.
Dixon spoke of Nader as
a "dirty Arab" and "son of
a' bitch" in a recent
speech to a business
group.
Sen. Abraham Ribicoff
(D-Conn.) declared that
"No individual, appointed
or elected to public office,
should continue to serve
in any position of public
trust who has demon-
strated such poor judg-
ment and lack of sensit-
ity."
Rep. Edward I. Koch
(D-N.Y.) announced that
he would introduce im-
peachment proceedings
against Dixon.
Rep. Benjamin Ro-
senthal (D-N.Y.) deputy
Whip of the House, dis-
patched a letter to Presi-
dent Carter urging him to
use his "statutory au-
thority" to remove Dixon
"for cause."
The letter was co-
by 1.5 i nth Pr Hniisp
si fFrn

members, seven of them
Jewish.
Rosenthal, who is
chairman of the House
subcommittee on com-
merce, consumer and
monetary affairs, which
has jurisdiction over the
FTC, also wrote to Dixon
demanding his resigna-
tion to "assure that fu-
ture decisions (by the
FTC) will not suffer from
the same disability" of my
"your bias."
That. letter too was co-
signed by the same 15
Congressmen who signed
the letter to the President.
Dixon, -so far, has indi-
cated he would not resign.
He has apologized to
Arab Americans but re-.
fuses an apology to
Nader.

Israel Suggested
as U.S. 51st State

TEL AVIV (ZINS) —
Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan,
95-year-old founder of
the Reconstructionist
had searched his geneal-
in Israel, suggests that
Israel become America's
51st state.
He contends that Israel
can no longer thrive as a
soverneign state and that
America would gleefully

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