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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-02-26

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israelis Continue Battle Over Sinai Withdrawal

By MOSHE RON

The Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent

TEL AVIV — The 26th of
April is approaching, the
day on which Israel has to
evacuate the whole of Sinai
according to the Camp
David agreement. Hun-
dreds of Jewish families
which have built their fu-
ture in this region have to
leave it and look for new
homes and places.
Therefore, it is only
natural that the decision of
paying indemnities to the
families is so complicated. It
has met with sharp criti-
cism in many parts of Israel
with the accusation that the
Sinai families are trying to
gain huge sums from the Is-
raeli government.
At a time when the gov-
ernment is fighting infla-
tion and has to decrease the
important budgets of the
Ministry for Education and
the Ministry for Social Wel-
fare which aid poor families,
old and sick people and
schoolchildren, the
evacuees from Yamit and
Sinai are demanding as-
tronomic indemnities for
their removal from this
region.
-
The government insists
on taxing the inde-
mnities, and that part of
them should be paid in
government obligations
over a period of 10 years.
Hundreds of members of
Hashomer Hatzair kibut-
zim have demonstrated in

front of the Knesset build-
ing against the "soft" han-
dling by the government of
the situation in Yamit and
Sinai. They demand that
each apartment be re-
deemed with an apartment
and a piece of land for a
piece of land. They claim
that each family in Yamit
demands a sum equal to a
worker's wages for 40 years.
At the same time, hun-
dreds of inhabitants of
Yamit have demonstrated
in front of the residence of
Prime Minister Menahem
Begin in Jerusalem against
the evacuation of Sinai. A
delegation was to be re-
ceived by the Prime Minis-
ter in order to voice their
demands, but some of the
demonstrators did not want
to be excluded. They clashed
with the police and 11 were
arrested.
The three Knesset
members of the Tehiya
movement, Prof. Yuval
Neeman, Geula Cohen and
Hanan Porat, have con-
vened their supporters in
order to decide on how to
interfere with the with-
drawal from Sinai.
Some 150 young mem-
bers. of the movement in
Tel Aviv have decided to
visit Yamit every
weekend in order to help
the inhabitants in their
struggle against the
evacuation. An estab-
lishment of a settlement
of youngsters is planned.
Recently, 15 families

Cabinet OKs New Budget

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
The Cabinet approved a 475
billion shekel ($26.4 billion)
austerity budget which
would reduce expenditures
for education by three per-
cent and freeze defense
spending at current levels.
It immediately touched off a
two-hour protest strike by
teachers.
The paring of the educa-
tion budget represented a-
compromise between Fi-
nance Minister Yoram
Aridor, who had demanded
a 7.5 percent cut, and Edu-
cation Minister Zevulun
Hammer, who wanted no
cuts at all. Their differences
were mediated by Econom-
ics Minister Yaacov
Meridor.
The Cabinet added sev-
eral provisions, including
assurances that there would
be no second shifts in public

-

schools because of the re-
duced budget and a promise
to add several dozen
classrooms "to solve specific
problems."
The Cabinet also stated
that its wage policy for
the public sector would
include the educational
system and that any de-
viation from the policy
would have to come from
the newly approved Edu-
cation Ministry's budget.
That provision stirred the
ongoing controversy with
teachers over implementa-
tion of the Etzioni report
which recommended last
year a drastic reform of the
education system to im-
prove its standards and the
salaries of teachers.
The treasury is opposed to
the recommendations on
grounds that they are in-
flationary.

Sharon Seeking Defense
Funds from Private Industry

TEL AVIV (JTA) — De-
fense Minister Ariel Sharon
has urged local indus-
trialists to help finance Is-
. rael's next generation of
sophisticated weaponry by
investing the projected
Lavie jet fighter, the new
Merkava tank and a pro-
posed new missile boat.
Addressing members of
the Manufacturers Associa-
tion Sunday, Sharon
claimed that Israel is an
"entire industrial genera-
tion ahead" of most Western
arms manufacturers. He of-
fered no examples, however,

beyond the extraordinary
measures taken to protect
the crews of the Merkava
tank which earned that
machine the nickname,
"Jewish Mother."
Israel reportedly is run-
ning into problems in trying
to induce foreign financial
participation in the Lavie.
American manufacturers
are understood to be in-
terested in producing parts
for the Israel-designed air-
craft under contract, but
they have shied away from
investing their own funds in
co-production rights.

from Bat-Yam arrived in
Yamit. The leaders of Te-
hiya say that the civil war
between Jews should be
avoided. They are against
the use of force and their
aim is to mobilize 10,000
Jews to support the move-
ment against the Sinai
withdrawal. They admit
that if the government uses
force against them that de-
velopment would be critical.
Israel's military forces
have proven that they are
capable of dealing with this
movement. It happened in
the Kadesh Barnea region
near Yamit. A moshav had
already been evacuated.
There are minefields in the
vicinity and the whole
region was proclaimed a
closed area.
A small group of the
movement against the Sinai
withdrawal arrived in the
area in order to interfere
with the water company,
Mekorot, efforts to disman-
tle a water pipeline. Jewish
soldiers evacuated the pro-
testers by force and some
were arrested.
The dismantled pipes will
serve new army camps in
the Negev. It was the first
clash between the army and
members of the movement
against the Sinai with-
drawal.
Leaders of the protesters
claimed that they had de-
cided to leave this area in
order to prepare for the real
fight against the with-
drawal. Some members of
the Israeli Cabinet main-
tained that all members of
the movement who had
occupied vacated houses
and apartments in northern
Sinai should have been
evacuated long ago. But
Minister for Defense Ariel
Sharon and some other
members of the Cabinet are
of the opinion that the ac-
tions against the protesters

should be carried out only
shortly before April 26.
The government is pre-
paring a special law specify-
ing the indemnities due the

Friday, February 26, 1982 21

LARRY FREEDMAN

evacuees of Yamit and
northern Sinai. The Likud
hopes that the Labor
Alignment would also sup-
port this law.

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