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January 04, 1980 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-01-04

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Every person is responsi-
ble for all the good within
the scope of his abilities,

Israeli Officials Disappointed
With Amount of U.S. Credits

(Continued from Page 1)
that Israel would have re-
ceived even less were it not
for his efforts and chal-
lenged anybody to do better.
Weizman said he was
not surprised -by the
White House announce-
ment considering the in-
flationary pressures in
the U.S.
Israeli officials were dis-
appointed on two levels. Ac-
cording to some sources the
relatively small addition to
the aid package spread over
three years meant that
Wasington did not see "Is-
rael as an asset." As for the
immediate impact, it was
generally agreed that Israel
will have to take stringent
measures to cope with the
"new economic reality."
Fear was expressed that
Israel would have to draw
on its foreign currency re-
serves to finance urgent de-
fense needs. Dr. Eliezer
Sheffer, deputS, governor of
the Bank of Israel, warned
that the country's balance of
payments deficit would
reach $5 billion this year if
the government failed to
implement austerity meas-
ures. These include man-
power cuts in public service,
a freeze on salaries and a 4-6
percent cut in the budget.
Even if those measures are
adopted the deficit would be
$4 billion dollars he said.
Other measures that may
have to be considered are a
more rapid devaluation of

.

the pound to make exports
more profitable and a reduc-
tion of imports. Some ex-
perts said the government
would have to reconsider its
liberal policy regarding
foreign currency holdings.
While Bank of Israel
Governor Arnon Gafni
has ruled out on grounds
that the national deficit
stemmed from excessive
imports rather than ex
cessive purchase of
foreign currency by indi-
viduals, another expert
remarked, "It is hard to
accept that Israel has
such a tough time getting
dollars whereas its citi-
zens can buy as many dol-
lars as they wish."
The immediate practical
implications of the limited
aid package include reduced
production of warplanes,
missiles and ammunition.
Army exercises will be less
extensive and soldiers will
use less live ammunition.
Some 4,000 employees will
face dismissal from defense
industries and civilian in-
dustries that supply the
army. The government will
have to hike the price of im-
ports and spur exports by
every possible means.
Finance Minister Yigal
Hurwitz said he was
grateful to the U.S. for its
aid to Israel but that aid will
not satisfy Israel's needs in
either the military or civi-
lian sectors. Weizman
noted in a statement to

-

Survivors Protest
Claims Agreement

(Continued from Page 1)
should continue for at least
another 20 years — by
which time most of the sur-
vivors will have passed
away — and that all pay-
ments should be made
through Israel, not through
the Claims Conference in
New York.
Friedman claimed that

the 100,000 Holocaust sur-
vivors living in Israel con-
stitute the bulk of the
claimants.
The Jan. 21 date was cho-
sen for the demonstration
because it will mark the
37th anniversary of the
"Final Solution" decision at
Wansee which put the Nazi
death machine into action.

Reform Demand Retraction
for Goren Wedding Rite Slur

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
The Movement for Pro-
gressive Judaism said last
week that it would take
legal action for slander
against Ashkenazic Chief
Rabbi Shlomo Goren unless
he retracted a disparaging
remark he allegedly made
about a wedding ceremony
performed by a Reform
rabbi.
"Legal steps will be
taken," said Rabbi Adi As-
sabi, director of the Reform
movement in Israel, who of-
ficiated at the wedding of
Karen Dickenstein, 21, and
Howard Levin, at Kibutz
Yahel last month.
Miss Dickenstein, of
Michigan, is a new immig-
rant to Israel. Levin, a re-
cent immigrant to Israel, is
now doing his army service
in the Israel Defense Force.
The congregation at the
wedding included the young
members of the kibutz, Is-

rael's sole Reform kibutz,
and invited guests.
Goren was quoted as
saying that the wedding
"never happened" and
also of asserting that the
Reform rabbi "partici-
pated only in the
folkloristic parts, not in
the halakhic parts" of the
ceremony.
The Reform group de-
manded the retraction in a
letter to Goren. A similar
demand was made in a let-
ter to the Sephardic Chief
Rabbi of Eilat, Moshe
Hedaya, who was a witness
at the wedding and signed
the formal marriage docu-
ments required by the
Ministry of Interior.
Hedaya was quoted in the
press as declaring that he
alone had officiated but had
allowed Assabi to read the
"ketuba" (marriage con-
tract).

Friday; hoary 4, 1980 5

and for no more, and none
can tell whose sphere is the
largest.

PARTY-WEDDING-BRIDESMAID-BAR MITZVA

LONG and SHORT

Yediot Achronot on Wed-
nesday that the U.S. Ad-
ministration has decided
not to increase its aid to a
number of countries and in
some cases to reduce it.
Weizman said, "One has
to remember that the
President is making an of- _
fort to check inflation and it
is an election year and this
is all we could get."

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