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VOL. LXXI, No. 12
Be a Messiah
Book Review by
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May 27, 1977
Moderation in Peace Approaches
Seen in U.S., Likud Emendations
Wayne State Press to Dedicate
the Leonard N. Simons Building
Wayne State University will dedicate the Leonard N. Simms Building, the
new home of the Wayne State University Press, - on June 5.
Simons has been a benefactor of the WSU Press for more than 20 years. He
established its board of advisors in 1955. The board consists of individuals and
organizations who annually contribute to the publication fund of the WSU
Press. Their contributions are matched by the university and are the basis of
the growth of the WSU Press, which now has more than 300 books in print in
such fields as literary criticism, Jewish studies, psychiatry, medicine, history
and Michigan history.
A Wayne State University spokesman said
that Simons' consistent interest and support of_
the Wayne State University Press for more than
two decades has been a mainstay for the entire
The Leonard N. Simons Building is _ located
north of the Ford Freeway at 5959 Woodward,
next to Wayne State's Administrative Services
Building and computing center.
Wayne State President George E. Gullen Jr.
will host a luncheon in Simons' honor on June 5
and a dedication and reception will follow at
2:30 p.m. at the Simons ,Building.
Simons remains active on the board of the
WSU Press, and was the board's first president.
He was honored by WSU in 1957 with an honor-
ary Doctor of Laws degree and is a member of
its Mackenzie Honor Society.
He has been a member of the Detroit Histori-
cal Commission since 1945 and was named president emeritus last year. Fie
also serves as a member of the boards of the Jewish Welfare Federation, Sinai
Hospital, the Jewish Home for the Aged. Michigan Bnai Brith Hale' Founda
tion, the Detroit Round Table of the National Conference of Christians and
Jews, the Jewish HistoriCal Society, the Detroit Historical Society, the Mich-
igan Cancer Foundation, the Detroit Chapter of the American Friends of Hebr
ew University, the National Foundation of the March of Dimes, the Hundred
Club of Detroit, the American Jewish Historical Society and the Detroit Service
Simons is a member and• former president of Temple Beth EL
A moderation of more strident views is being seen by political
analysts and experts on the Middle East in the_ statements by Likud
leader Menahem Begin since his party's election victory last week in
Isriel and some of the views expressed by President Jimmy Carter in
statements made at the University of Notre Dame and during talks this
week with Crown Prince Fand of Saudi Arabia. Although almost
opposing views seemed apparent in reference to a homeland for
Palestinians, analysts were encouraged by the week's events.
NEW YORK (JTA)—Likud leader Menachem Begin, expected to be Israel's next
Premier, expounded on his political views in some detail in an interview published in
Time magazine this week.
- He said, "Under no circumstances can we agree to a so-called Palestinian state,"
that the West Bank was an integral part of Israel and Arabs living there would be
offered Israeli citizenship and that territorial changes in Sinai and on the Golan
Heights could be worked out in peace negotiations with Egypt and Syria. He agreed
that 1977 "might be the year of political negotiations."
Begin stated that "he was convinced that President Carter would not bring
pressure to bear on Israel or try to coerce it into an unacceptable peace settlement by
withholding military and economic support. He expressed the same views on the ABC
"Issues and Answers" television program
With respect to a Palestinian state, he
told Time magazine that Likud's position
represented a national consensus shared
by virtually all political parties and 95 per-
TEL AVIV (JTA)—The proosal by
cent of- the population. He said there were
Simha Ehrlich, Likud's number two
no differences between Likud and other
man, that Nobel Prize-winning economist
parties on refusal Ao return to Israel's 1967
Milton Friedman be named an adviser
borders or the status of Jerusalem. He said
on economics to the
Likud differed from the Labor Party insofar
the latter was prepared to return parts of
is being taken up as
the West Bank while "Likud is not ready to
a rallying cry by the
Begin objected to the word "annex"
and leftist groups
with respect to the West Bank because
for the forthcoming
"You annex foreign land by international
With the upset de-
law. You wouldn't annex Tel Aviv ... The
feat of Labor in last
same applies to Bethlehem." He said, in the
week's Knesset elec-
tion, there was
"We are ready to give the people of
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Stirs Likud, Labor-,
Menahem Begin Under Scrutiny: Facts as They Relate to the Past
By PHILIP SLOMOVITZ
Menahem Begin has gone through the crucible of so
many attacks that he may well be considered properly pre-
pared to confront the onslaught that is evident in every
story about his triumph at the polls in Israel on May 17.
He is branded as terrorist and guerrilla and his coun-
trymen .applaud his self dfinition as freedom fighter.
Dating back to the earliest period of the Zionist struggle
for Jewish statehood, and especially in the first years of
Israel's redemption, Begin was the target of the-opposing
factions in Israel, primarily the Labor Party Mapai and its
leaders. with David Ben-Gurion at the helm, and also in
the ranks of liberals in this country.
Ironically, all of the accusations find an echo now, three
decades later, from his opponents and among the news
analysts in the media. Even so fair-minded a columnist as
William Safire, who was President Richard Nixon's chief
speech writer before he became a New York Times staff
number, referred to him as a terrorist in his excellent ar-
ticle on Begin a week ago.
In the attacks on Menahem Begin, the Deir Yassin in-
cident is constantly referred to. It has continually served
as the basis of attack on Israel, Israelis and Jews.
Israeli leaders had expressed sorrow over Deir Yassin.
Years ago, when he spoke in Ann Arbor, Yigal Allon, now
the retiring Israel Foreign Minister, was heckled by Arab
students over that tragic occurrence. He confronted the
protesters by stating: "There was Deir Yassin. We abhor
it. We expressed regret over it. Since then the Arabs have
perpetrated many Deir Yassins. Was there a single expres-
sion of regret from you?"
There is much more to the story and it was accounted
for in an exchange of letters that appeared in the columns
of the New York Times.
An attack on Begin and his associates. published in the
NY Times, of Dec. 4, 1948 was signed by the following:
Isadore Abramowitz, Dr. Hannah Arendt, Abraham.
Brick, Rabbi Jessurun Cardozo, Dr. Yael Dowker, Prof. Al-
bert Einstein, H. H. Harris, Prof. Zellig S. Harris, Prof.
Sidney Hook, Dr. Fred Karush, Dr. Bruria Kaufman, Nach-
man Majsel, Seymour Melman, Dr. Myer D. Mendelson,
Dr. Harry M. Orlinsky, Dr. Samuel Pitlick, Dr. Fritz
Rohrlick, Louis P. Rocker, Miss Ruth Sager, Itzhak San-
kowsky, M. Unger, Mrs. Irma Wolpe, and Stefan Wolpe.
Here is the complete text of their published letter:
"Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our
time is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel
of the 'Freedom Party' (Tnuat Haherut), a political party
closely akin in its organization, methods. political philoso-
phy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It
_ was formed out of the membership and following of the for-
mer Irgun Zvai Leumi. a terrorist, right-wing. chauvinist
organization in Palestine.
"The current visit of Mr. Menachem Begin, leader of
this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to
give thesimpression of American support for his party in
the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties
with conservative Zionist elements in the United States.
Several Americans of national repute have lent their
names to welcome his visit.
"It is inconceivable that those who oppose Fascism
throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr.
Begin's political record and perspectives, could add their
names and support to the movement he represents. Before
irreparable damage is done by way of financial contribu-
tions, public manifestations in Begin's behalf, and the crea-
tion in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of
America supports fascist elements in Israel, the American
public must be informed as to the record and objectives of
Mr. Begin and his movement.
"The public avowals - of Begin's party are no guide what-
ever to its actual character. Today they speak of freedom,
democracy and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently
they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state. It
is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real
character: from its past actions we can judge what it may
be expected to do in the future.
"A shocking example of the human depravity of these
people was their behavior in the Arab village of Deir Yas-
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