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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

6 Friday, July 10, 1981

Likud Coalition Grumbles Over Selection of Sharon for Defense

(Continued from Page 1)
Some political obser-
vers believe that if this
does happen Begin will
ask Zippori to take over
the chairmanship of the
key Knesset Foreign Af-
fairs and Defense Com-
mittee (assuming that the
government can keep
control of both that
committee and the other

key Knesset panel, the
Finance Committee:
Labor is demanding on
one of the two chairman-
ships).
There is opposition to
Sharon's appointment
among other senior figures
in the Likud, especially
among the liberals. Na-
tional Religious Party
ministers have also voiced

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opposition to Sharon in the
past.
Begin continued his ef-
forts this week to line up
partners for a workable co-
alition government. The
final vote count in the June
30 Knesset elections gave
his Likud party a fragile
one-seat edge over the
Labor Arighment — 48 to 47
— and Begin needs a
minimum of 13 more Knes-
set mandates to achieve a 61
seat majority.
He spent two hours in
conference with former
Foreign Minister Moshe
Dayan whose Telem faction
won two seats. Dayan told
reporters afterwards that
he and Begin had discussed
"principles" and would hold
more meetings. He did not
elaborate.
Begin's major effort is
concentrated on the Na-
tional Religious Party
and the Aguda Israel
which, together, will con-
trol 10 seats in the new
Knesset. Begin met over
the weekend with NRP
leader Yosef Burg to dis-
cuss coalition pos-
sibilities.
NRP Knesset-member
Rabbi Haim Druckmann
said that Begin promised
that Burg, who is Interior
Minister in the outgoing
government, would not be
replaced by Dayan as the
minister in charge of au-
tonomy negotiations with
Egypt.
On Tuesday, Begin an-
nounced confidently that he
would be able to form a coal-
ition government within a
week to 10 days.
On Wednesday, Begin
reached agreement with the
NRP, Aguda and Tami, the
party that was split from
NRP by Aharon Abu-
Hatzeira, to form a coalition
with a bar, one-seat major-
ity.
Begin also was quoted as
saying that this would be
the last government he
would form and that he
would retire after its term.
Following Likud and

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Labor in the balloting, the
NRP earned six seats,
Hadash (Rakah Com-
munists) 4, Tami 3, Tehiya
3, Telem (headed by Moshe
Dayan) 2, Shinui 2, and
Citizens Rights Movement
(headed by Shulamit Aloni)
1.
The official results
were not announced until
Tuesday because sea-
men's votes were still to
be counted.
Soldiers' ballots gave
Likud a sharp edge over
Labor. With about half of
the soldiers' vote tallied,
Likud led Labor by 43 to 36
percent, far better than it
did among the general
population June 30.
Tehiya won six percent of
the soldiers' vote, three
times its strength among
civilians. Telem also did
better among the soldiers.
The 10th Knesset will
open in two to three weeks
with consensus on four
main issues. According to
party platforms, 95 of the
120 members agree on
maintaining a united
Jerusalem, refusing to rec-
ognize the PLO, (refusing)
to establish a Palestinian
state or to accept any
ideological legitimization of
the Diaspora.

In addition, expected
divisiveness along ethnic
and single-issue lines did
not materialize in the
Aharon
elections.
Tami
Abuhatzeira's
Party, formed only 10
days before the elections,
won three seats, failing at
orchestrated attempts to
isolate all the Sephardic
voters.
Likewise, dismissal of
smaller parties like the cen-
trist Independent Liberals
and the leftist Sheli (only 10
of 31parties won more than
one percent of the vote) led
to the garnering of over 80
percent of the vote by the
large parties, unprece-
dented in Israel's political
history.
The shift of tens of
thousands of Arab voters
from the Communists to
Labor and other Zionist and
Israel-supporting Arab lists
may indicate the most im-
portant ethnic consolida-
tion. Up*to 52 percent of Is-
raeli Arabs supported
Labor, compared to 22 per-
cent in 1977.
The Arab disillusionment
with Likud was shared by
Negev Bedouin, about 70
percent of whom voted for
the Labor Alignment. The
resulting sharp decline in

support for Rakah (Com-
munist), despite the urging
by the Palestinian press,
challenges the claim, of
radicalization among Is-
rael's minorities.

If Arab voters find that
their massive support
for the Labor Alignment
did not pay, they will re-
verse position and give in
to extremist trends in the
society, Ra'anan Cohen,
who headed the election
campaign of the Aligh-
ment in the Arab settic'
ments, warned Tuesday_
Meanwhile, Likud Knes-
set member Ronnie Milo
told a public forum that a
newly-formed Likud-led
government would purge
the state-owned radio and
television services as one of
its first tasks.
Milo said it would "deal"
with the state radio and
television networks because
of what he termed the itnti-
government bias of most
broadcasters who have been
referred to in the past as the
"anti-Likud Mafia."

Yosef Lapid, Israel
Broadcasting Authority
(IBA) head, a Likud appoin-
tee, vigorously denied
Milo's charges.

Jewish Olympics Open in Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The
11th Maccabia — the
Jewish Olympic games —
opened in the giant
Ramat-Gan Stadium on
Monday night as some 3,500
competing athletes from 26
countries marched onto the
field before a wildly-
cheering crowd of more than
50,000 sports fans and Is-
raeli dignitaries, including
President Yitzhak Navon
and Premier Menahem Be-
gin.
The Israeli contingent, by
far the largest with 900
marchers, was followed in
size by the American team
numbering 372 and the
South Africans with more
than 200. The smallest
entry was from Singapore
which sent two contestants.
Others came from such
far off lands as Chile and
New Zealand. The Dutch
squad carried a huge ban-
ner reading, "Love From
Holland." The Brazilian
group danced onto the field
in Mardi Gras fashion.
The march-on was pre-
ceded by the descent of 16
Israeli paratroopers into the
stadium, followed by Is-
rael's top-seeded tennis
champ, Shlomo Glickstein,
who raced into the stadium
bearing the traditional
Maccabia torch which had
been kindled earlier in Mod-
iin, birthplace of the Mac-
cabees, and run in relays to
Ramat-Gan. Contributing
to the carnival atmosphere
of the opening ceremonials
was a gymnastic display by
hundreds of Israeli
youngsters who released
thousands of silver bal-
l000ns as they completed
their exhibition.
The American team
marched on the field led
by flag-bearer Danny

Schayes, a seven-foot tall
basketball ace. The mar-
chers were joined by Rep.
Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.), who
is currently visiting Is-
rael.
He was slated to present
medals to the winners of
early swimming events be-
fore returning to the U.S.
Kemp, a one-time profes-
sional football quarterback
with the Buffalo Bills, was
instrumental in securing a
$25,000 donation for the
U.S. Committee Sports for
Israel from the National
Football League. The
USCSFI is the American
organization that funds and
chooses the U.S. Maccabia
team.
The games will continue
until next Thursday, featur-
ing competition in 31 sports
at 58 locations around Is-
rael.
On the eve of the 11th
Maccabia, a scholar delving
into the Central Zionist
Archives unearthed infor-
mation linking the first
Maccabiad almost a half-
century ago with early "il-
legal" Jewish immigration
into Palestine.
According to Dr. Yit-
zhak Avnery, author of a
dissertation on illegal
immigration from the be-
ginning of the British
Mandate until World War
II, the Maccabia held
March 29-31, 1932, drew
some 25,000 Jewish
tourists to the country.
During the months of
April and May, over 5,000
of them faded into the
cities, villages and kib-
butzim.
"This was one of the
largest single illegal immi-
grations of the Mandate
period and was a significant
addition to the Jewish set-

tlement in Palestine," Av-
nery said. He recalled that
in the early 1930s, the quota
on Jews admitted for set-
tlement in Palestine was
low. Only 600 were allowed
to enter in February and
March 1932.
Moreover, potential im-
migrants had to prove they
possessed at least $5,000 in
cash or liquid assets to ob-
tain a one-year visa.

Tensions Lessen
in Brazil, Israel

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)
— Brazil's ambassador to
Israel, Vasco Mariz, is ex-
pected to return to his post
in Tel Aviv shortly, mark-
ing the end of a diplomatic
crisis that developed be-
tween the two countries
after a Brazilian newspaper
claimed that agents of Mos-
sad, Israel's secret service,
had accused Brazil of ship-
ping uranium to Iraq.
Mariz was recalled two
weeks ago for "consulta-
tions," a gesture of the
Brazilian government's
anger over the accusation.
Israel's Foreign Minister
Yitzhak Shamir categori-
cally denied that Mossad or
any Israeli officials ha' --
made the charge, first pu,
lished in the daily Jornal Do
Brasil, and carried by other
newspapers here and
abroad.
Foreign Minister Saraiva
Guerreiro said, after receiv-
ing a letter from Shamir,
that "it is a good note." He
said he recalled Mariz be-
cause "he can give us a good
analysis of the situation."
Following two meetings
at the Foreign Ministry in
Brasilia, the envoy told re-
porters last week that he
would probably be Jeturn-
ing to Israel "in a few days."

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