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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-07-25

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Sadat and Begin Trade Vocal Punches

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
The recent sharp exchanges
between President Anwar
Sadat of Egypt and Premier
Menahem Begin of Israel
over Jerusalem is souring
relations between the two
countries. Sadat said, in an
interview with Yediot Ac-
hronot last Friday, that he
would not visit Israel at this
time as previously planned
because of "personal critical
comments" by Begin. He
said he would reconsider
only after "Begin calmed
down."
The Egyptian leader said,
however, that he would in-

vite President Yitzhak
Navon to Cairo to address
the People's Assembly (Par-
liament) in reciprocation for
Sadat's speech to the Knes-
set in November 1977.
Sources close to Navon
indicated that he would ac-
cept such an invitation if it
was extended formally but
only if the government ap-
proved. •
They also made it clear
that Navon would con-
sult closely with Begin
before making such a trip
and would coordinate his
address in Cairo with the
Prime Minister.

Ex-Syrian Premier Bitar
Is Assassinated in France

PARIS (JTA) — Former
Syrian Premier Salah Bitar
was killed Monday morning
in the center of Paris. A
gunman shot him in the
back of the neck as he was
entering his office.
Bitar's killing took place
only three days after a
Palestine Liberation
Organization commando
tried to murder former Ira-
nian Premier Shapur
Bakhtiar, killing a French
policeman and a woman
neighbor in the process.
Bitar founded the Syrian
Baath Party together with
Michel Aflak in 1942. In the
late 1950s and early 1960s
he served as Prime Minister
or Foreign Minister in a half
dozen Sryian governments.
Overthrown by an army
coup in 1966, he fled first to
Lebanon and later to France
where he started publishing
last year a monthly in
Arabic "The Arab Renais-
sance."
Sentenced to death in ab-

sentia by a Syrian military
court, he was pardoned by
President Hafez Assad in
1970.
Police sources quoted
by the French state-run
television said that the
head of the five-man crew
who tried to kill Bakhtiar
"had been given his or-
ders by Yasir Arafat him-
self."
Though police say they
have no clues in Bitar's
murder, many sources link
his killing and the attempt
against Bakhtiar with the
PLO. The pro-Syrian
branch of the PLO might
have carried out the Bitar
"contract" at Damascus' re-
quest.
At least 12 people were
killed in France during the
last two years over the Mid-
dle East inter-Arab strife.
Bakhtiar himself blamed
the Palestinians for most of
the recent killings includ-
ing the attempt against
himself.

Court's Registration Ruling
Upsets Orthodox Coalition

NEW YORK (JTA) — A
coalition of Orthodox
Jewish groups expressed
concern Monday over a fed-
eral court decision declar-
ing the draft registration
law unconstitutional be-
cause it was limited to men.
Although a temporary
stay of the decision was is-
sued by Supreme Court
Associate Justice William
Brennan, the full court will
consider the question in its
upcoming term, which be-
gins in October. Meanwhile,
registration for men offi-
cially began Monday.
According to Rabbi
Herman Neuberger,
coordinator of the Or-
thodox Jewish Coalition
on Registration of
Women for the Selective
Service System, rulings
of halachic authorities
state that Jewish reli-
gious law prohibits
Jewish girls from par-
ticipating in the Selective
Service System, whether
in military or alternative
service.
The Coalition consists of
Agudath Israel of America,
Central Congress of Or-
thodox Rabbis, National
Council of Young Israel,
National Jewish Commis-
sion on Law and Public Af-

fairs, National Society for
Hebrew Day Schools (Torah
Umesorah), Rabbinical Al-
liance of America, Rabbini-
cal Council of America,
Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations of America,
Union of Orthodox Rabbis of
the United States and
Canada, United Lubavitch
Organization and United
Satmar Community. •

Israeli Orchestra
Set to Tour
Latin America

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The
Israel Philharmonic Or-
chestra under its musical
director Zubin Mehta will
tour major Latin American
cities during the next two
weeks.
The 106 musicians will
begin their concert tour
Tuesday at the Cine Censa
in Montevideo. The follow-
ing night through Aug. 6 it
will perform at the Teatro
Colon in Buenos Aires, in-
cluding- one morning per-
formance for students at the
local university.
Two concerts will be held
in Sao Paulo and the
farewell concert will be held
at the Teatro Municipal in
Rio de Janeiro.

Begin, who is convalesc-
ing at his home from a mild
heart attack, reacted
strongly last week to
Sadat's assertions in a
Readers Digest interview
that Israel, and Begin speci-
fically, was responsible for
the deadlock in the au-
tonomy negotiations. Begin
replied that the negotia-
tions could be completed
successfully if the Egyptian
President would "stick to
the Camp David accords."
Apparently Sadat has no
intentions of inviting Begin
to Egypt at this time al-
though the Premier • has
indicated on several occa-
sions that he would like to
address the Egyptian Parli-
ament to explain Israel's
political positions. His visit
has failed to materialize be-
cause of repeated Egyptian
delays in extending the in-
vitation.
Sadat said several
months ago that he would
not advise Begin to come to
Cairo because it would
"cause anti-Israel feelings
in the Egyptian public."
Sadat -expanded his
views on Jerusalem in
the Yediot Achronot
interview. He favored a
unified city with a single
mayor, either Jewish or
Arab, heading one
municipal government.
He proposed municipal
Autonomy for East
Jerusalem where an
Arab flag would be
raised over the town hall.
He said Israeli flags could
fly from the Western Wall,
"although it is located in the
eastern part of the city."
Meanwhile, Israeli politi-
cal and security circles al-
leged that Egypt has re-
cently adopted extreme
positions with respect to
implementing the peace
treaty and has, in effect,
taken stands that are con-
trary to its agreements with
Israel. Those views were re-

ported in Haaretz.
Sources at the Prime
Minster's Office said, how-
ever, that it was too early to
tell whether there has been
a definite deterioration in
relations with Cairo.
In Washington, the
State Department
claimed that Israel and
Egypt had made "good
progress" at their first
round of autonomy talks
in more than two months.
Agreement was reached
on only three of more
than 20 proposed agenda
items. The department's
chief spokesman, John
Trattner, said the U.S. did
not consider the Cairo
talks disappointing.
"I underc,tand that they
(Egypt and Israel) have
made some good progress in
private talks on legal mat-
ters. I do not consider it a
setback," Trattner said.
The latest round of talks
was held on the committee
level with the objective of
agreeing on an agenda for
subsequent sessions. The
delegations were headed by
Israeli Justice Minister
Shmuel Tamir and Egyp-
tian Minister of State for
Foreign Affairs Butros
Ghali.
Tamir and Ghali quar-
reled publicly at a joint
press conference at the clOse
of the talks — as they had at
Cairo Airport the Sunday
before the talks began. On
both occasions the issue was
the status of Jerusalem
which did not figure in the
talks themselves.
Ghali charged that the Is-
raelis refused to discuss
Jerusalem which he main-
tained is an integral part of
the West Bank." Tamir re-
torted that "Jerusalem in
its entirety is the capital of
Israel and an integral part
of its sovereignty" and
therefore is not a subject for
negotiations in the context
of the autonomy talks.

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