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September 18, 1981 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-09-18

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6 Friday, September 18, 19131



Begin Blasts 'Anti-Likud' Israeli Papers

Premier Menahem Begin
delivered a blistering at-
tack on the Israeli news
media here Monday night
which he claimed were
against his government.
He also angrily rejected
charges that he had surren-
dered to the demands of the
ultra-Orthodox Aguda Is-
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Devoting most of his
speech to the challenges
his party faces in Israel,
Begin assailed the media
there, complaining that
all of the newspapers,
radio and television "are
against us."
He singled out the

Jerusalem Post whose criti-
cism of his government, he
said, was "poisonous." He
also denounced the inde-
pendent daily Haaretz
which he claimed "is much
worse" than Davar, the or-
gan of the opposition Labor
Party. Begin called for the
establishment of a new
newspaper in Israel to be
called Likud.
He insisted that he had
not "surrendered" to the
Aguda Israel in exchange

for its support of his coali-
tion. Begin said he believed
that state institutions in Is-
rael should be closed on the
Sabbath and when the
Aguda demanded that the
national airline, El Al, sus=
pend all operations on that
day, he agreed.
Begin repeated the same
argument later in the eve-
ning when he received the
Covenant of Peace Award
from the Synagogue Coun-
cil of America (SCA) at the

BASIC after the meeting,
the black leaders said, "We
made clear to Begin our
support for a free and demo-
cratic Israel with secure
borders. We indicated that
we would do all possible to
encourage the American
people, the Reagan Ad-
ministration and the Con-
gress to assist Israel to re-
main free and her borders to

remain secure."
Monday afternoon, Begin
addressed an Israel Bonds
luncheon attended by 350
Jewish leaders from the
U.S. and other countries
who gave him their com-
mitment to provide $100
million in seed money for
the projected Medi-
terranean-Dead Sea canal
energy project.

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•• •
Meeting 'Between Begin, Black Leaders
Is Called Fruitful Discussion by Both Sides

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Premier Menahem Begin
met with a delegation of 28
American black leaders for
a discussion of a variety of
topics related to Israel and
the American black com-
munity's attitude toward it.
Prominent among the
topics were Israel's rela-
tions with South Africa,
black Hebrews in Israel, the
Palestine Liberation
Organization and the issue
of affirmative action for
blacks in America.
Among the leaders meet-
ing with the Israeli premier
were Bayard Rustin, head of
BASIC (Black Americans
Support Israel Coalition);
Carl Holman, president of
the National Urban Coali-
tion; Benjamin Hooks,
executive secretary Of the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP); Dorothy
Haight, president of the Na-
tional Council of Negro
Women; and Vernon Jor-
dan, president of the Na-
tional Urban League.
At the end of the meet-
ing, Begin and the black
leaders agreed that they
had had a "cordial" and
"fruitful" meeting.
The meeting opened with
a statement by Begin on the
issue of black Hebrews who
have established a commu-
nity in the Negev town of
The premier said that he
recognized the problems of
the black Hebrews had to be
solved, but claimed that
they refuse to accept Israeli
citizenship and make anti-
Israel statements. Begin
also referred to the issue of
Falasha Jews in Ethiopia
and said he was making
every possible effort to
bring about their immigra-
tion to Israel.
During the question-
and-answer period, the
black leaders pressed Begin
on the issue of Israel's ties
with South Africa. Austin,
answering reporters' ques-
tions after the meeting, said
that Begin told them Israel
had been and is strongly op-
posed to apartheid and will
speak out against it at the
upcoming session of the
United Nations General
But, according to Bus-
tin, Begin said Israel was
a beleaguered country
and for certain items it
must continue to trade
with South Africa.
In a statement issued by

•• •

Begin Allies With Falwell

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, the
leader of the Moral Major-
ity, said that Premier
Menahem Begin told him
that he had rejected sugges-
tions to separate himself
from the conservative
"Mr. Falwell, there are
those who work very hard to
separate us," Falwell
quoted Begin as saying dur-
ing their meeting last Fri-
day. "We are not going to be
separated. We need each
Many leading spokesmen
in the Jewish and non-
Jewish communities in this
country, as well as many
Congressmen, artists and
intellectuals, have attacked
the Moral Majority as an ex-
tremist conservative group
which is trying to under-
mine and eradicate the so-
cial and economic gains won
over the past few decades.
Some Congressmen
have denounced—the
Moral Majority for help-
ing defeat a number of
liberal legislators in the
last national elections
who were on the Moral
Majority's "hit list" and
have pointed out that this
movement has prepared
another "hit list" for 1984
Some of the Congressmen
who were "hit" in the last
election, like Sen. Frank
Church of Idaho, and some
who are on the new "list,"
like Sen. Daniel Moynihan
(D-N.Y.) and Sens. Paul
Sarbanes (D-Md.) Edward
Kennedy (D-Mass.) and
Henry Jackson (D-Wash.)
are staunch supporters of
Israel. _-
Falwell told reporters
that he was invited to the
meeting by the Israel Em-
bassy and that he drew up
the list of the other guests
who included the three top
political officials from Vir-
ginia, where he lives: Gov.

John Dalton, a Republican,
and Sens. John Warner, a
Republican, and Harry
Byrd, an Independent. Also
present was Gerald Strober,
executive director of the
American Friends of Tel
Aviv University, a long
time supporter of close ties
between Jews and fun-
damentalist Christians.
Begin stressed to the
group that "there is a spe-
cial relationship between
Jews and Christians that is
dear to me," Falwell said.
The Moral Majority
leader said that fun-
damentalist Christians
support Israel's right to
During his visit, Begin
met with members of the
National Christian Leader-
ship Conference for Israel
and with Dr. Franklin H.
Littell of Temple Univer-
sity, president of the
He also met with Mrs.
Emma Marcus, widow of
Col. Mickey Marcus who
was killed while helping the
Irgun in 1948.

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