Strength of Likud
Hats Off to
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VOL. LXXI, No. 16
JERUSALEM (ZINS)—As a consequence of its defeat in the
Knesset elections the Labor contingent will no longer be the larg-
est bloc at the next Zionist Congress. The Israeli representation
to the Congress is based on the results of the Knesset elections.
According to best estimates, the Labor contingent (including
Mapam) will be entitled to no more than 150 delegates at the Zi-
onist Congress compared with the 194 it had at the previous Con-
gress. Likud, on the other hand, will now have between 160-170
delegates, of whom 90 will come from the Likud bloc in Israel.
The Likud faction will then contain the largest single bloc of
delegates and will gain a larger role in the leadership of the Zi-
onist Executive and in the Zionist Actions Committee, as well as
in other constituent departments and offices controlled by the
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Bitter Debate, NRP Concessions
Precede New Israel Government
— TEL AVIV (JTA)—The composition of the new Israel Cabinet that was submitted to the
Knesset for approval Monday by Israel's new premier, Menahem Begin, contained several
surprises, considered as further concessions to Likud's coalition partner, the National
Religious Party (NRP), and three openings considered as inducements to Prof. Yigael Yadin's
Democratic Movement for Change (DMC) to reverse its decision and join the Likud-led
The new Cabinet includes:
Prime Minister: Menahem Begin, 63, leader of Likud bloc and major political opposition
leader for 29 years.
Minister of Defense: Ezer Weizmann, 54, former commander of Israeli air force and director
of Likud's successful election campaign.
Foreign Minister: Moshe Dayan, 62, controversial former defense minister who left the
Labor Party to accept this appointment.
Minister of Education: Zevulun Hammer, 42, former tank officer and a leading figure in the
National Religious Party. He derives support from the ultranationalist Gush Emmunim.
Minister of Agriculture: Ariel Sharon, 49, former general and a hero of the 1973 war. He
rejoined Likud after heading his own small party.
Minister of Construction and Environment: Gideon Patt, 44, an economistwho is a member
of the liberal faction of Likud.
Minister of Energy Resources: Yitzhak Modai, 51, member of the - Likud's liberal faction
who holds degrees in law, economics and chemical engineering.
Minister of Religious Affairs: Aharon abu-Hatzeira, 39, member of the National Religious
Minister of Absorption: David Levy, 39, former construction worker and a member of
Begin's Herut bloc within the Likud Party.
Minister of Finance: Simha Ehrlich, 62, an industrialist who is the leader of the Likud's
Minister of the Interior and Police: Dr. Yosef Burg, 68, teacher and holder of rabbinical
degrees and a leader of the National Religious Party.
New Israeli Premier Menahem Begin, left, is shown embracing his
choice as defense minister, former Israeli air force commander Ezer
Weizmann. In the background is a photograph of Vladimir Jabotinsky,
founder of the Zionist Revisionists that were a philosophical forerunner of
Begin's Likud coalition.
Minister of Commerce and Industry: Yigal Hurwitz, 59, a farmer turned businessman and
head of La'am faction within Likud, which dates back to David Ben-Gurion.
Minister of Health: Eliezer Shostak, 66, chairman of National Health Insurance Fund and
member of La'am faction.
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London's Sunday Times Refused to 'Confuse
With Facts' Story of Israel's Torture of Arabs
LONDON (JTA)—israel's Ambassador to Britian, Avraham Kidron, denounced as "dastardly" a lengthy report
blished in the Sunday Times alleging that Israeli interrogators routinely maltreat and frequently torture Arab
risonars on the West Bank, Gaza and in Israeli military camps and intelligence centers.
Kidron said that two months ago the Israeli government had offered to conduct a full inquiry into the allegations if
the newspaper supplied it with details of the torture charges and the names of the prisoners who claimed such
treatment. The Sunday Times refused "under the assumption that facts only confuse the issue," Kidron said. The
envoy, who presented his credentials to the British government only last week, responded to the Times report in an
address to Anglo-Jewish leaders at a meeting of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
Dayan, Former Jordan Envoy
Debate the Territories Issue
JERUSALEM—In a rare Arab-Israeli dialogue, former
Israeli Defense Minister Moshey Dayan and former Jorda-
nian Defense Minister Anwar Nusseiba agreed to disagree
at the concluding session of the recent three-day seminar
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The Sunday Times' accusations were contained in a heavily documented four-page report based on a five-month
investigation by the newspaper's "insight team" into Israeli occupation practices on the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It
charged that Israeli security officials subjected the prisoners to electric shock, prolonged beatings, sexual assault
and confinement in tiny cupboards with concrete spikes set on the floor.
The paper called for an international inquiry and urged Israel to cease the alleged practices. The report
included categorical denials, by Gabriel Padon, the Israeli press attache, of previous torture allegations.
According to the report, titled "Israel and Torture," torture occurs in at least six centers: At the prisons in Nablus,
Ramallah, Hebron and Gaza; at the Russian Compound in Jerusalem; and at a special Military Intelligence Center
believed to be at the Sarafand military base. The Times said another such camp may exist near Gaza. All of Israel's
security services are alleged to be implicated.
Although the allegations filled several pages, an accompanying editorial said that the first-hand testimonites in
the Times' hands are 10 times this amount," with varying degrees of plausibility." It offered to make them available
"to any properly constituted international inquiry - -but not the UN Commission on Human Rights, which it terms "a
farce". Israel does not recognize that commission which is composed of nations that have no diplomatic relations
Moshe Dayan and former Jordanian Defense Minister
Answar Nusseiba participated in a friendly debate on the
administered territories at the Hebrew University of Je-