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July 03, 1981 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-07-03

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Friday, July 3, 1981 5


Hegemony of Begin and Likud Is Assured by Religious Parties

(Continued from Page 1)
ante, it also applied to re-
petitive prophecies that a
new government based on a
slim majority would be un-
stable — which would also
be a condition if Peres and
the Labor Alignment were
to secure the presently un-
attainable support of the
NRP. The 1977 Begin
triumph was accompanied
with predictions that his
government could not last
six months to a year. Begin
and Likud managed to re-
main in power longer than
any previous Israeli ad-
nistration, and the
_ __arch for power could nul-
lify the prophecies of im-
pending doom for a slim-
margined new government.



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According to reports and
an analysis from Jerusalem
by Jewish Telegraphic
Agency correspondent
David Landau, a key factor
making life for any new
government difficult would
be, of course, the numeri-
cally strong and cohesive
opposition in the Knesset.
Unlike in the present
Knesset, where the main
opposition party (Labor)
fielded only 32 members,
Labor would have some
49 in the 10th Knesset,
and these would be con-
sistently backed by the
single-seaters of the Civil
Rights Movements,
Shinui and Telem — giv-
ing a impressively solid
phalanx of opposition
seats. The Rakah Com-
munists would also be
lined up against a Likud-
led government, and thus
the government would
constantly be prey to par-
liamentary challenges.
All of its members would
have to be on hand virtu-
ally all of the time in
order to stave off snap
no-confidence votes.
Begin apparently hopes
to set up a quick alliance of
Likud, NRP and Agudat Is-
rael which will give him
around the coveted 61-seat
mark. Begin will also look
to Tami (Aharon Abu-
Hatzeira's party) and
Moshe Dayan (Telem's lone
Knesseter) to provide the
government with a mod-
icum of stability.
As far as Labor is con-
cerned, it will look to
Aguda, rather than to the

politically hawkish NRP, to
break away from the pro-
Likud religious alliance.
The NRP is seen as virtu-
ally committed to serving
with Begin rather than with
Labor. Even though this
might well not be the pref-
erence of the party's titular
head, Burg, he is no longer
the all-powerful boss in the
sadly-reduced National
Religious Party. Much of
the power now resides with
Education Minister Zevu-
lun Hammer and Gush
Emunim leader Haim
Druckman — and they want
to go with Likud and not
with Labor
Many small parties ap-
pear to have been wiped out
in a massive move by the
public towards the two big
Among those to bite the
dust are the Independent
Liberals and Shelli, the
left-wing party. They scored
one and two seats respec-
tively in the 1977 elections.
Shiuni held on by the skin
of their teeth. Only Aguda
of the existing small parties
did well, while of the new-
born small parties, Tami did
farily well and Dayan's
Telem did abysmally badly.
The NRP, as expected,
lost votes both to Tami and
Tehiya and is severely re-
duced. NRP leaders took
comfort, however, from the
fact that even in its shrun-
ken state their party re-
mains virtually indispens-
able in coalition-making.
Labor's performance,
viewed on its own merits
and in disregard of

coalition-making pros-
pects, was impressive in-
deed. The party added 50
percent to its 1977 total of
Likud's increase' from 45
(with Shlomzion) in 1977 to
48 may be seen as another
stage in the steady and con-
stant growth of the right-
centrist bloc ever since
1965, when Herut and the
Liberals first joined to-
gether to form "Gahal," the
forerunner of the Likud.
Small party representa-
tives spoke bitterly of
"treachery" by the Labor
Alignment. Sheli's Meir
Pail said Labor's insistence
on the need for a large
majority to oust Begin had
attracted many voters who
had not realized how essen-
tial it was to have smaller
parties in the Knesset to act
as a brake on monolithic
Shulamit Aloni's Civil
Rights Movement was re-
duced to a one-woman re-
presentation. She appeared
shocked at the dashing of
her hopes to lead a sizeable
party whose voice would be
heard on social affairs.
Shmuel Flatto-Sharon,
whose ousting from the
Knesset may mean he is
open to extradition to
France on embezzlement
charges as well as liable
to prison and fines in Is-
rael, walked out of a tele-
vision panel show on
small parties when the
projection results were
Flatto-Sharon's recent

Yasir Arafat said he pre-
ferred a Begin victory.
"For us, it is better to
have Begin because Begin
uses America's iron fist
without any gloves while
Peres uses the same fist
covered in silk. We need
this ugly face of Begin .. .
We Palestinians don't have
any illusioiRs. But maybe
the re-election of Begin will
give the rest of the Arab na-
tion a salutary shock."
Arafat said.

suspension from the Knes-
set after he was convicted of
election .fraud was over-
turned over the weekend by
the Israeli Supreme Court.
The court ruled the Knesset
should not have acted before
Flatto-Sharon's case is ap-
pealed. Israeli voters, how-
ever, removed him from
office on Tuesday.
Over the weekend,
Labor's Shimon Peres an-
nounced that former Pre-
mier Yitzhak Rabin, a bit-
ter foe of Peres within the
Labor Alignment, would be
Labor's Defense Minister if
a Labor government were
Rabin replaced former
Gen. Haim Barley in the
second spot on the Labor list
in order to attract more
Peres also said that if
elected he would meet
with Egyptian President
Anwar Sadat im-
mediately to patch up
their differences.
In a Newsweek magazine
interview, Palestine Liber-
ation Organization chief






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