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December 12, 1980 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-12-12

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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nobody recall their predic-
HAIFA — As the calen- tions? Well, we do! We saved
dar year 1980 is about to de- all the prophecies and prog-
part, the astrologers, sooth- nostications, all the expec-
sayers and clairvoyants are tations and the forebodings
preparing their predictions and we spread them out be-
for the 12 •months that lie fore us now to see how well
ahead. Israel, too, has its the prophets did.
One of the best known in
crystal-gazers, and all are
now consulting their globes, Israel is Herzl Lipshitz
their stars, their tea-leaves, whose main claim to fame
or whatever may be their was his accurate prediction
of the Israel-Egypt peace
sources of information.
But what about their pre- treaty at a time when such
dictions uttered in De- an augury was dismissed as
cember 1979? What did they an hallucination.
Last year, Lipshitz
forecast for the twelve
months now elapsing, and forecast for 1980 the col-
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the return of the Shah to
power, an unprece-
dented economic revival
in Israel, a sharp increase
in aliya from Russia and
elsewhere, the discovery
of oil in Israel, a political
comeback for Yigal Allon
and Moshe Dayan, and
the re-election of Jimmy
Carter.
It seems to have been a
catastrophic year for Lip-
shitz, but in 1979 he ven-
tured into 1981-1982 as
well. He foresaw the begin-
ning of a great world mili-
tary conflagration with
widespread use of nuclear
bombs, disaster all over the
world, and in 1982 Califor-
nia will be wiped off the
map.
Next fortune-teller is
Miriam Spector, who calls
herself a psychological as-
trologer, but she refuses to
cast horoscopes for indi-
viduals. She says people
usually come around when
they are in trouble, and she
doesn't want to be the one to
tell them the bad news.
Miriam's predictions in
1979 for the year 1980: The
Moslem revolution in Iran
will *get stronger and
spread, inflation in Israel
will continue at a dizzying
pace, not a chance in the
world of finding oil here,
Ezer Weizman will have the
worst year in his life, no in-
crease in aliya and contin-
ued yerida, Peres has no
political chances, and who-
ever is elected President of
the United States (she
wouldn't say who) will be
assassinated in office — but

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that goes beyond our pre-
sent vision.
Her record is a pretty
good one.
clairvoyant:
Next
Miriam Tamir claims to
have been the personal
family astrologer of the
Shah when he was at the
height of his power.
(What happened? Did he
fail to heed her advice?)
Her vision of what would
happen in 1980: There
will be a sharp increase
in crime in Israel, negoti-
ations will begin with
Jordan eventually lead-
ing to peace with the
country, Khomeini wit
fall, but Jimmy Carter
will be re-elected. Ezer
Weizman will some day
be prime minister and if
President Yitzhak Navon
goes into active politics
he will be enormously
successful.
We have before us the di-
gest of still another
scenario, this one written 10
years ago. In 1971, a brain
trust of serious scientists,
psychologists, sociologists,
economists, journalists,
educators and others, put
their heads together and on
a scientific basis tried to
visualize what Israel would
be like by 1981.
In brief they forecast: a
decade of peace, economic
prosperity, reduction in
aliya and increase in yerida.
They saw Arabs gradually
taking over in the Israel
labor market, in agricul-
ture, in tourist hotels and
elsewhere, with Israelis re-
fusing to do menial work,
and preferring to draw un-
employment compensation.
The ambitious plans in 1971
to abolish poverty and
eradicate slums would fail
completely and the housing
shortage would get worse.
The waters of the country
and the air over the cities
would become increasingly
polluted. Organized crime
would rise to an alarming
degree . . . all this expected
under a Labor government.
On the whole, the scien-
tists of 10 years ago, with
their computers and their
statistical projections did
far better than the sooth-
sayers with their stars and
their crystal balls.

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NEW YORK (JTA) —
The National Conference on
Soviet Jewry (NCSJ), re-
ported that 789 Jews left the
Soviet Union in November
1980, a decline of 81.2 pe -
cent over the same perk
for 1979.
Burton Levinson, chair-
man of the NCSJ, in releas-
ing the figures noted that
"in the eleven months of
1980 a total of 20,582 Jews
left the USSR as compared
to 47,175 in the same period
in 1979. This means a de-
cline of 56.4 percent for the
year, to date."
According to the NCSJ
the total number of Jews
leaving the USSR in 1980
will be less than 50 percent
of 1979. It is not expected to
be more than 22,000.

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