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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-11-02

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Cabinet Debates Elon Moreh

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A
divided Cabinet took "note"
of Premier Menahem Be-
gin's announcement that
the government will seek an
alternative site for the Gush
Emunim settlement of Elon
Moreh which the Supreme
Court has ordered removed
from the seized Arab lands
it now occupies. But a broad
debate on the settlements
issue and the Nvider implica-
tions of the high court's de-
cision was deferred until
Thursday when the Cabinet
met in special session to dis-
cuss the subject.

Agriculture Minister
Ariel Sharon and Education
Minister Zevulun Hammer
dissented sharply from Be-
gin's plan to move Elon
Moreh, Sharon criticized
the Cabinet for "dodging the
issue." Hammer, a leader of
the National Religious
Party, met with Begin later
to present an NRP plan that
would shift the Elon Moreh
settlers to state-owned land
but would not return the

disputed land to its Arab
owners. Instead, the site
would be used for military
installations.
Observers said that most
ministers would consider
that plan a flouting of the
spirit of the Supreme
Court's decision and it could
not muster a Cabinet major-
ity.
In a radio interview
over the weekend, Sha-
ron said the high court's
ruling should be a spur to
more intensive settle-
ment efforts on the West
Bank and urged that the
court, in the future, be re-
lieved of "the burden of
having to make political
decisions." Sharon did
not elaborate on his re-
marks but they brought
an immediate demand for
his ouster from the youth
circles of the Liberal
Party.

The agriculture minister
was apparently voicing the
demands of the Gush
Emunim for legislation that

Christian Coalition Builds
Support for 1980 Races

would retroactively nullify
the Supreme Court's deci-
WASHINGTON — A co-
sion, thereby preserving alition of Christian activists
Elon Moreh and allowing is trying to turn the re-
the continued seizure of pri- sources of conservative
vately owned land for set- Christians into political
tlement purposes. Sources clout in next year's
close to Begin said there presidential and congres-
was no Cabinet majority for sional elections.
such legislation.
Two such organizations,
The sources were quoted the Christian Voice and the
as saying that if the Gush Moral Majority, believe
Emunim forced a crisis by they can develop grassroots
refusing to evacuate Elon organizations to become a
Moreh, the consequences force in secular politics.
would be a new government
The Christian Voice,
with much less sympathy begun early this year in
for Jewish settlements on Pacific Grove, Calif., claims
the West Bank.
a membership of 126,000
It was learned that dur- including some 3,000 cler-
ing Sunday's Cabinet ses- gymen. They hope to raise
sion, Housing Minister $3 million for political and
David Levy of Herut spoke lobbying activities next
forcefully for standing up to year, according to Gary
the Gush. He warned that Jarmin, the group's Wash-
the government must not ington lobbyist.
allow itself to be dictated to
Although it is not as
by that group and should large as the Christian
announce unequivocally Voice, the Washington-
that it intends to implement based Moral Majority
the Supreme Court's deci- plans to set up a political
sion and remove Elon action committee in the
Moreh from its present site.
coming months, says its
director, Rev. Robert Bil-
lings.
The Christian Voice has
"Israel is threatened now chosen to back a Republican
because her friends in the presidential candidate in
world make recom-
Uriah Phillips Levy
mendations and sugges- bought and restored
tions which, if carried out, Thomas Jefferson's ruined
will imperil the safety of the mansion, Monticello.
young Jewish state. Israel
is threatened because so
many among us follow the
dictate of oil, instead of the
dictate of conscience."

1980 while the Moral
Majority remains unde-
cided.

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Envoy: Good Chance for Peace

NEW YORK (JTA) —
"We have reason to rejoice
because the prospect for
peace in the Middle East is
better in 1979 than at any
time in the century of mod-
ern Jewish-Arab relations,"
said Donald McHenry, U.S.
ambassador to the United
Nations, who was guest
speaker last week at the
Appeal of Conscience Foun-
dation's Award Dinner at
the Pierre Hotel.
Members of the audience
included ambassadors from
25 countries.
McHenry declared, "None
of us can be insensitive to
the courage of President
(Anwar) Sadat and Prime
Minister (Menahem) Begin,
or to the risks which each
has taken. The treaty_ (be-
tween Israel and Egypt) is a
major step forward towards
peace, but it is not an_end in
itself. The principal un-
finished item on the Middle
East agenda today is the re-
lationship between Israel
and the Palestinian Arab
people.
"Our goal now must be
to assure on a permanent
basis the full security of-
Israel and at the same
time to respect and fulfill
the legitimate rights of
the Palestinians."
Foundation head Rabbi

Ben-Gurion U.
Anniversary Gala

NEW YORK — The
American Friends of Ben-
Gurion University of the
Negev will transform a New
York pier into a desert oasis
Nov. 6 in order to celebrate
the university's 10th • an-
niversary.
Palm trees and tents will
transform a water-side
building on the Hudson
River at 55th St.
of
Marvin
Traub
Bloomingdale's department
store will be cited for the
"Israel the Dream" month-
long promotion of Israeli
products last spring.

Arthur Schneier, in pre-
senting an award to Ger-
man publisher Axel
Springer, said he "has made
reconciliation his life's mis-
sion. He has made an his-
toric contribution to bring
about - a better understand-
ing between the German
and the Jewish people."
Springer,-in reply, stated:

Interfaith Leaders Urge
Vatican Recognition of Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) — A
panel of interfaith leaders,
authors and academicians
meeting in New Orleans is-
sued a statement urging
recognition of the state of
Israel by the Vatican, the
posthumous excommunica-
tion of Adolf Hitler by the
Catholic Church, and the
emphasis on the essential
Jewishness of Christianity
by the Christian Church," it
was reported in New York
by Jacques Torczyner,
chairman of the Herzl Insti-
tute, who was a member of
the panel.
He said the speakers
agreed that Israel "must not
be regarded as a result of
the Holocaust but rather as
a response to that tragedy.
Israel was seen as a sign
that the world's Jews re-
fused to accept the idea that
death would have the final
word/
The panel, which in-
cluded Rabbi Solomon
Bernards, director of the
interreligious depart-
ment of the Anti-
Defamation League of
Bnai Brith; Dr. Harry
Cargas, professor of
world literature at Webs-
ter College in St. Louis,
Mo.; Prof. Alice Eckardt,
professor of religion at
Lehigh University; Dr.
David Sidorsky, profes-
sor of philosophy at
Columbia University;
and Dr. William Zuidema
of The Netherlands, also
insisted that the legiti-

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macy of Israel's existence
is not open to question.
No other government is
faced with a similar chal-
lenge, the panel em-
phasized.
Sister Katherine Har-
grove of Manhattanville
College in New York said
that an annual "interfaith
think-tank dialogue" would
be established, Torczyner
reported.

74 Women Train
for Rabbinate

NEW YORK (JTA) —
The number of women
studying for the rabbinate
under Reform and Recon-
structionist auspices during
the 1979-1980 academic
year is 74, one less than the
record total of 75 enrolled
during the prior academic
year, according to a recent
JTA survey.
Currently, 10 of the 22
women rabbis hold pulpit
posts. The women rabbis not
in pulpits are in education.
administration and Hillel
posts.
Meanwhile, Jewish stu-
dents at Hofstra University
in Hempstead, Long Island.
have a new chaplain. Rabbi
Bonnie Steinberg, a 27-
year-old alumna of Bran-
deis University and the He-
brew Union College-Jewish
Institute of Religion
(HUC-JIR), second woman
rabbi to become director of a
Bnai Brith Hillel Founda-
tion at a university campus.

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