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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-07-24

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

22 Friday, July 24, 1981

Israel Election: New Political Landscape?

- -Inension. It should be noted
As the political dust of the that Likud's support
June 30 Israeli election set- primarily comes from the
tles, six dramatic develop- "silent majority" — the
ments have emerged, each Sephardic Jews — who,
of which warrants special since 1948, have felt
excluded from the country's
attention.
• The shift to the right socio-economic main-
has now become an accepted stream. The Likud's victory,
part of Israel's social and will, undoubtedly, contrib-
political life. The view that ute considerably to the
Prime Minister Begin's vic- mitigation of the plight of
tory in May 1977 was an ac- the Sephardic Jews.
cident, no longer holds. Al-
More important, how-
though the Likud and the. ever, Israel will assume a
Labor parties each won ap- more Oriental character,
proximately the same a development that may
number of Knesset seats — eventually make it more
48 and 47 respectively — palatable to the Arab
Labor merely regained the states. Hopefully, the
seats lost in 1977 to Yigal Sephardic Jews will now
Yadin's Democratic Move- have a greater voice not
ment for Change. However, only in socio-economic
the Likud not only retained matters, but also in polit-
its 1977 margin, but further ical developments con-
strengthened its repre- cerning the future of
sentation in the Knesset by Judea, Samaria and the
four members.
Gaza District and the re-
• The social conflict be- lationship between
tween the Ashkenazi and Arabs and Israelis.
Sephardic Jews, per-
• Israel's three religious
petuated (and attenuated)
parties
will continue to
by Labor governments for
nearly 30 years, may now exert political power dis-
proportionate to their num-
take on an entirely new di- bers. Not only will the reli-
gious parties continue their
domination over all reli-
gious matters such as mar-
riage, divorce and the ob-

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servance of the Shabat, but
they will exert considerable
influence on Israel's public
school system, forcing it to
move gradually to a paroc-
hial orientation.
In addition, despite the
controversy regarding the
settlement issue in the West
Bank, greater impetus will
be given to the whole con-
cept of the Jewish right to
settle in these territories.

a "partner" in Israel's eco-
nomic growth, the Reagan
Administration will find a
Begin government far more
attuned to American eco-
nomic doctrine.
In sum, the re-election of
the Likud Party augurs
very well for Israel. Let us
hope that Israel's friends
and foes view Begin as the
man of the hour who is pre-
pared to make all the neces-
sary sacrifices for peace and
prosperity.

• Israel's military pre-
paredness and military
build-up will increase con-
siderably. A new Begin gov-

ernment can be expected to
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While You Walt
parties has finally been
demonstrated. Although
some 31 parties and lists
ran candidates, only 10
managed to receive the
minimum one percent
required to qualify for a
single seat in the Knesset.
Excluding the three
major political parties —
the Likud, Labor, and
Stollman Retains religious parties — the
rest of the political fac-
Bar-Ilan Board
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Chairmanship
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RAMAT GAN — De- members (out of 120).
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troiter Philip Stollman_was
Israeli
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