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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the 12th day of Slzevat, 5741, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Exodus 13:17-17:16. Prophetical portion, Judges 4:4-5:31.
Tuesday, Tu b'Shevat
Candle lighting, Friday, January 16, 5:09 p.m.
VOL. LXXVIII, No. 20
Friday, January 16, 1981
A SALUTE TO THE PRESIDENT
Assuming his responsibilities as President,
Ronald Reagan will be faced with problems
which must be shared by the entire nation.
In the social and economic spheres, in the
diplomatic sphere, in the handling of foreign
relations, he will be the guide who will have
obstacles. His constituents have the duty to as-
sist in removing the obstructions which may
endanger the entire nation.
With the inauguration of President Reagan
will commence the duties that will embrace not
only the Congress of the United States but also
the courts and the citizens of this land.
A President needs encouragement in his ap-
proaches to solving problems that effect the
lives of the people of this land and the relations
of the nation with other nations throughout the
A responsible President does, not shun criti-
cism. But there must be caution that criticism
should not be destructive, it should not be rooted
only in politics.
In the foreign affairs sphere, President Re-
agan will be challenged by many conflicts. He
will be asked for justice for Israel. He will be
tested by situations which have been affected by
hatreds and prejudices, as well as by the agonies
related to Israel's struggles for her very exist-
He is known to be knowledgeable and well-
informed on the subject of the Middle East. He
has branded the PLO as terrorist. He commits
himself to fulfillment of the peace-seeking deci-
sions arrived at in the Camp David negotia-
In these and in other efforts involving the
peace of the world and the conscience of this
nation, he will surely have the support of all
who aspire for amity and justice.
The peace of the world may well hinge upon
the accords to be reached for an end to warfare
in the Middle East. This is Israel's aspiration.
This is the hope of world Jewry.
In the attainments of these goals and of the
welfare of the entire nation, President Reagan
must have the support of the people of this na-
tion. A dedicated citizenry will surely testify to
such loyalty in the best interests of a united
American people aspiring to highest standards
for all citizens and peace for mankind. It is in
this spirit that we salute President Reagan with
best wishes for his personal welfare and the
dignity of the nation over which he will preside.
THE CALLS TO THE 12 9 000
Sunday's obligations are on the calendar for
action by every concerned member of the Jewish
Hundreds of volunteers have been mobilized
to call upon approximately 12,000 people to be-
come participants in the current major fund-
raising drive — the Allied Jewish Campaign.
Israel is the major beneficiary in the funds
that must be raised to assure continuity for
scores of causes, for the social service, educa-
tional and immigrant absorption projects in Is-
rael, the national Jewish movements in this'
country and the score of obligations on the home
The need is great and is well 'known. To let
Israel down at this time, in time of crisis, when
the Jewish state is suffering from- economic ills,
would create a guilt that must be avoided.
Then there are the many needs locally, the
schools, the programs to assist the elder citi-
zens, the tasks of integrating newcomers in the
community, primarily the Russian settlers.
These are duties not to be shunned. Erery
person with a sense of responsibility is obligated
not only to respond but to exercise generosity on
a larger scale than ever.
The calls to the 12,000 this Sunday represent
a collective duty, on the part of volunteers mak-
ing the calls and the thousands who are asked to
be compassionate with the needy, concerned
with Israel's needs, responsive to keeping the
Jewish community strong in all its functions.
Therefore, the hope that generosity will be
the order of the day Sunday, the vital day set for
a great human effort by the Metropolitan De-
troit Je\vish community.
THE MOUNTING HATREDS
The increasing anti-Semitic trends, which
have been in evidence in Western European
countries, in this country and in discriminatory
practices reported from Canada, become even
more oppressive with the prejudices that are
becoming agonizing with the prejudicial posi-
tions of Christian elements.
The latest assault on Israel by spokesmen for
Christian groups in this country is especially
distressing. The charges of brutality leveled at
Israel and her armed forces are repetitions of
attacks that have reverberated, often without
proof, and they add to the burdens of Israelis
and their supporters who are burdened with the
difficulties of assuring amity in a war-
Those who have mobilized in support of the
PLO attacks on Israel and who now accuse the
Jewish state of torturing Arabs have not only
failed to probe the charges against Israel but
have never taken into account the threats to
Israelis from Arab terrorists and the brutalities
which have become routine practice in the pro-
posed destruction of Israel.
There is a link between much of the anti-
Semitism in many lands with the PLO, and the
comfort the hatred receives in some Christian
quarters is a cause for concern. It is, at the same
time, a challenge to the-non-Jewish world not to
tolerate the spread of venom imbedded in anti-
Semitism. What is occurring now may well be
viewed as prejudice creating a greater problem
for Christians who tolerate it than for Jews who
suffer from it.
In Shengold Volume
Yediot Ahronot Columnist
Defends Territorial Rights
Ora Shem'ur, an active Israeli journalist, is firm in her views that
Israel must not abandon any territory she is now administering. She
takes her strong stand in an analytical work, "The Challenge of
Israel" (Shengold Publishers), in which she traces the historical
background of Israel's present role, leading up to her advocacy of
firmness in dealing with the territorial problems.
Miss Shem'ur deals with the Arab pretext of using oil and petro-
dollars as a weapon in the aim to destroy Israel. She calls it a
"money-making operation" in conjunction with U.S. firms and states:
"The greed of the American cartel is detrimental not only to the
interest of their own country and to the security of Israel, but also to
the economy of the Western world."
She quotes Joseph Churba, former U.S. intelligence officer for the
Middle East, to prove her contentions.
Her contention is: "We must assume that the Western countries
are unwilling to stand up to the powerful oil companies and the
producers of tanks, airplanes, missiles — all suppliers of the Arabs.
Or perhaps they were framed from reacting forcefully because they
fear a confrontation with Soviet Russia."
Analyzing the threats to Israel, she says "An Arab conquest of
Israel today would mean the end of the Jewish people."
The author emphasizes the urgency of maintaining a strong
"Israel will be obliged to take action against the Arab blackmail
of the West. I would do this for its own sake, even against the wishes of
The two superpowers, the Soviet Union and the U.S., are sus-
picious of one another. A look at the map will show that a thousand-
mile radius from Israel takes in a great part of southern Russia,
including her rich oil regions of the Black and Caspian Seas. The
presence of American bases in Israel would mean that jet bombers
could fly over southern Russia and endanger her soft belly. No wonder
the USSR is so apprehensive of an American presence in the area.
"What should our attitude be? Israel should consider that the
thousand-mile radius extends both ways. In the case of a conflict
between the powers, the presence of American bases in Israel would
automatically cause Russian retaliation. Israel would be one of the
first targets, suffering great losses and damage.
"Should Israel really suffer these attacks because it is on the side
of the West? Obviously not. In my opinion, our true interest lies in
U.S. withdrawal from the area in order to subdue Russian fears. mr
the same time, the Russians should withdraw from the Middle East to
alleviate the fears of the West. Israel must not forget that Jews live
not only in the West, but they also reside in the USSR, where there are
about three million. I believe that a sound policy of Israel would be to
reach a state of political non-alignment with the West, as well as the
"A strong dominant Israel in the area will, in all probability,
constitute the stabilizing factor that will insure peace in the Middle
In her historical resume, Miss Shem'ur traces Israel's develop-
ment and exposes the threats from Arab nationalism, the Arabist
propaganda and the record of confrontations against Israel.
Miss Shem'ur is a columnist writing in the Israel daily Yediot
Ahronot. She denies the accusation of being a hawk and insists that
her patriotism in defense of Israel's right to exist causes her to insist
upon her country retaining the areas that spell security and survival.