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May 15, 1981 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-05-15

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

12 Friday, May 15, 1981

Improved French-Israel Relations Seen in Mitterrand's Victory

(Continued from Page 1)

The caretaker govern-
ment will probably include
several Jews and several of
Israel's best known friends
such as Marseilles Mayor
Gaston Deferre, who is ex-
peotPd to become vice pre-

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mier; Jewish attorney
Robert Badinter, slated to
become attorney general;
and economist Jacques At-
tali, mentioned as the prob-
ably next Elysee Palace
chief of staff and main
presidential adviser.
Both Badinter and Attali
are board memebers of the
Fonds Social Juife Unifie
(FSJU), France's central
Jewish welfare fund.
the
Simultaneously,
Socialists will start negotia-

tions with the Communist
Party to reach a basic elec-
toral agreement for the
legislative elections ex-
pected to take place next
month. Mitterrand was
elected with the help of five
million Communist voters
and he will need the Com-
munist party's active help if
he is to win a'friendly major-
ity in the house.
Mitterrand is well ac-
quainted with Israel and
its leaders. He visited Is-

rael five times during the
last 10 years and confer-
red with Israel's Labor
Party on many occasions
at the international
Socialist conferences
which both parties
attend.
He served in 11 ministe-
rial posts in the pre-De
Gaulle French Fourth Re-
public. His last post was At-
torney General in Guy Mol-
let's 1958 war Cabinet
which led France during the

THE RABBINICAL COUNCIL OF AMERICA,
DETROIT REGION
AND THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND
PROUDLY INVITE YOUR PARTICIPATION
IN A SPECIAL

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(SCHOLAR'S FESTIVAL)
RENEWING A LAG B'OMER TRADITION

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The Public Is Invited to the following Yemai lyun
B'Halacha Programs

SHABBAT, MAY 23, 1981
PARSHAT BECHUKOTAI

MAY 22-24, 1981
IYAR 18=20, 5741

Cong. Beth Tefilo Emanuel - Tikvah,
24225 Greenfield Road
Services commence at 9:00 A.M.
Rabbi Leo Landman will deliver the guest sermon as the
congregation honors its rabbi, Leizer Levin with a Grove in
his name in the Leo Jung Forest. Kiddush following the
services.

CELEBRATING THE CULMINATION OF
DETROIT'S PARTICIPATION IN THE
RABBI LEO JUNG FOREST IN SAFED, ISRAEL
AND FEATURING RABBI LEO LANDMAN
AS SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE

YOUNG ISRAEL OF GREENFIELD,
15140 W. 10 Mile Road

PLEASE JOIN US AS WE FULFILL
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE WORDS OF
- THE WEEKLY SEDRAH

A Young Israel Family Shalosh Seudos beginning with
Mincha at 7:30 P.M. Rabbi Landman's presentation wili be
on the theme

THE ISRAEL CONNECTION-A HIDDEN MITZVAH

"I WILL REMEMBER THE LAND"
(LEVITICUS 26:42)

SUNDAY, MAY 24, 1981

Young Israel of Oak-Woods
24061 Coolidge
10:00 A.M . - A Public Convocation beginning with a light
breakfast and including recognition of Congregational
Participation in the LEO JUNG FOREST by the JNF Office.
Formal establishment of the Detroit Region as a member
body of the National Rabbinical Council of America.
An address by Rabbi Landman on the theme

This special weekend program reflects the commitment
of Orthodox Jewry to Torah and Eretz Yisroel, causes
championed by the Jewish National Fund for the past 80
years. The Rabbis of the Rabbinical Council of America,
Detroit Region are indeed proud of the following projects
undertaken in the Leo Jung Forest.

THE ZIONIST CONNECTION A HIDDEN ZADDIK

The Congregation B'nai David Forest
The Young Israel of Greenfield Forest
The Young Israel of Oak-Woods Woodland
The Beth Tefilo Emanuel Tikvah Grove
The Beth Abraham Hillel Moses Religious
SchoOl Grove

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Breakfast Cost - $2.00 per person. Complimentary tickets
available from participating RCA Rabbis.

Honorary Chairman
Phillip Stollman

Chairman
Mark E. Schlussel

Committee

Rabbi Allan Bluestein
Rabbi Louis Finkelman
Rabbi Edward Garsek
Rabbi Sidney Green,
RCA Regional Chairman
Rabbi James Gordon
Rabbi Ira Grosscut
Rabbi Israel Halperin

OUR SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE

RABBI LEO LANDMAN
Of Congregation Talmud Torah,
Flatbush, New York. Distinguished in
Academic Chambers of Jewish Scho-
larship. Popularized concept of Jewish
law in relationship to American
Jurisprudence. Author of "Jewish Law
in the Diaspora", The Cantor: An His-
toi•c Perspective". Editor, on behalf of
Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.
"Judaism and Drugs", etc. Chairman,
Israel Commission of the National
Rabbinical Council of America.

Rabbi Max Kapustin
Rabbi Leizer Levin
Rabbi Henoch Millen
Rabbi Samuel Prero
Rabbi Samuel Stollman
Rabbi Feivel Wagner
Rabbi Morton Yolkut
Rabbi Shaiall Zachariash

Presidents of Participating Synagogues

Lawrence Traison, Congregation B'nai David
Nat Fishman, Congregation Beth Abraham Hillel Moses
Louis Horowitz, Young Israel of Oak-Woods
Emanuel Mittleman, Young Israel of Greenfield
Irving Weiss, Congregation Beth Tefilo Emanuel Tikvah

JEWISH NATIONAL FUND

KEREN KAYEINETH LEISRAEL

For More Detailed Information or Reservations
Call Jewish National Fund 557-6644

,

FRANCOIS
MITTERRAND

Suez campaign when a joint
Franco-Israeli force tried to
topple the Nasser regime
and with Britain's help open
the Suez Canal to interna-
tional shipping.
After running, and los-
ing, in the 1968 President-
ial election against De
Gaulle, Mitterrand devoted -
himself to the reconstruc-
tion of the Socialist Party.
From that time on, he
found himself in close per-
sonal contact with dozens of
Jews who, since Leon
Blum's 1936 Socialist Pre-
miership, have tradi-
tionally flocked to the coun-
try's leftwing parties.
First available polls show
that a majority of France's
400,000 Jewish voters
backed Mitterrand. .11
splinter Jewish organiza-
tion, Jewish Revival, had
actively campaigned for an
anti-Giscard "sanction
vote" and many of Mit-
terrand's Jewish supporters
had campaigned in favor of
the Socialist challenger.
Mitterrand's victory
might change a 23-year-
old French pro-Arab pol-
icy in the Middle East. De
Gaulle, upon his rise to
power in 1958, started a
process of loosening of
formerly close Franco-
Israeli ties. He imposed
an arms embargo on the
eve of the Six-Day War.
His two successors,
Georges Pompidou and
Giscard, continued this
policy and even gave it
additional weight.
Mitterrand's Middle East
policy, as it appears from
press interviews, official
Socialist documents and his
May 6 meeting with the
delegation from the Repre-
sentative Council of Major
Jewish Organizations in
France (CRIF), contains
four basic elements:
• Full support for the
Camp David agreements
which the Socialists see as
an important step towards a
global agreement in the
Mideast. France, it is be-
lieved, will press its nine
European Economic Corn-
munity (EEC) partners to
come out in support of the
Israeli-Egyptian peace
treaty.
• Recognition of the

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Liberation
Palestine
Organization as "the most
representative" Palestinian
organization and accepting
the eventual creation of a
Palestinian_ homeland. The
in the
Palestinians,
Socialist view, are called to
play an important role in fu-
ture negotiations for - a
global peace agreement on
condition that they recog-
nize Israel and accept its
right to exist.
• Halting the shipments
of enriched uranium liable
to be used for military pur-
poses by Iraq and a re-
evaluation of overall --
French arms sales to the
Arab countries. In his reply
to the CRIF leaders, Mitter-
rand broadly hinted at the
possibility of French arms
sales to Israel by saying
that it is not enough to rec-
ognize Israel's right to exist
unless it is given the means
to ensure its independence."
• A more restrained atti-
tude on Lebanon than that
of the outgoing administra-
tion. The French Socialists
are not overly warm suppor-
ters of the Chrisitans nor
are they in favor of station-
ing a French peacekeeping
force in the country.
The Socialists would also
have second thoughts about
an Israeli pre-emptive
strike in Lebanon and are in
favor of a relaxation of ten-
sions between Israel and
Syria which could provoke a
new oil crisis.
observers
Most
, nonetheless, believe that
in spite of Mitterrand's
pre-electoral pledges and
his good intentions,-
France is about to enter
into a period of uncer-
tainty and that only time
will reveal how Mitter-
rand will manage to cope
with the mass of prob-
lems which he will have
to face. The Middle East
will be one of the main is-
sues on his path of an
- understanding with
France's powerful Com-
munist Party.
in the
In Israel,
superheated atmosphere of
Israeli politics six weeks be-
fore the Israeli elections,
the victory of Mitterrand
has become part of the cam-
paign in Israel. Begin and
Peres are vying with each
other in their expressions of
gratification over the
French result, and over the
extent of their personal
friendship with the new
French president.
Begin extended a formal
invitation to Mitterrand
Monday to visit Israel.

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