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June 18, 1982 - Image 39

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THE DETROIT JEWISH HEWS

Friday, Jane 18, 1982 39

Hopes, Anguish in a Country at War Again

By ROBERT ST. JOHN

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TEL AVIV — There is
still shooting and aerial ac-
tion going on in the north as
this report is being written.
However, there is great
hope here that the ceasefire
will hold, that Fatah Land
and all of southern Lebanon
have been rid of the vermin.
The hope is that the all-
out Mideast war that most
of the world feared appar-
ently has been avoided and
the Seven-and-a-Half Day
War (my own nickname for
it) was not one-tenth as
costly in Israel lives as the
Six-Day War or the Yom
Kippur War.
Over the Sabbath there
was ecstasy everywhere.
Thousands of women whose
men had been called up
were rejoicing that now,
surely, they would return,
and with arms and legs in-
tact.
There was fun-as-usual
on the beaches, and the
Dizengoff cafes were so
crowded they overflowed
into the streets.
Everywhere there
seemed to be joie de vivre
— the joy of just being
alive.
However, I've been ob-
serving and reporting wars
since I went to France in
1917, World War II, rev-
olutions in the Balkans,
civil wars in Latin America,
and now five Arab-Israeli
wars. Only here in Israel
have I felt the anguish of
war so keenly, even though
Israel has always been the
winner.
Also, this week I made a
discovery: anguish, like cer-
tain poisons, is cumulative.
Professional military men
used to talk about the
"value" of one war per gen-
eration. But five wars in 34
years, that's too many. The
anguish accumulates too
fast.
A boy of 17 who took part
in the War of Independence
in 1948 was still a youngs-
ter of 25 when Israel joined
France and Britain in the
war of 1956. He was a rela-
tively young man of 36
when the Six-Day War
broke out: He was only 42
(still military material)
when the Arabs attacked in
1973, and last week he was
only 51 — still young
enough to serve in some
capacity.

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The Warney Ruhl Or-
chestra will perform in Oak
Park's "Music In The Park"
summer concert series 7:30
p.m. Tuesday at Oak Park's
Shepherd Park. Admission
is free.
In case of bad weather the
concert will be held at the
Oak Park High School au-
ditorium.

Five wars in 34 years.
Five wars in the adult life
of a man now only 51.
Many Israelis have
served in three or four of
those five wars. There is
hardly a family that has not
lost someone in one of those
wars. The anguish multip-
lies. It accumulates. It piles
up. It grows geometrically.
The papers day after day
carry display ads extending
condolences to mother, a
wife, the mishpaha of
some pilot, parachutist,
tank driver or foot soldier.
At the funerals you see the
anguish. Then it goes back
into hiding.
Jewish anguish is more
intense- than Christian an-
guish or Moslem anguish,
for a good theological rea-
son. Christianity takes the
sting out of death by em-
phasizing the joyful eter-
nity awaiting anyone who
truly believed. Islam sends
even hardened criminals to
a glorious reward in heaven
if they die in a jihad or holy
war, which wars against
Jews are declared to be.
Judaism, contrawise,
emphasizes the impor-
tance of living, not dying,
and so the anguish when
a man is killed in battle is
genuine.
That's why, in a cafe, a
restaurant or on a park
bench, you'll see now and
then a man or woman sit-
ting staring into space.
Some, if pressed, will talk
and tell you what a fine
young lad he was, just at the
start of a brilliant career.
Some are very bitter that it
had to be.
Last week, General Sha-

ron told us that 700 young crippled, the missing in all
Israelis had been killed or those other wars that most
wounded. Not many? Add to Israelis can remember and
that figure the 2,500 dead in you have the sum total of
the war nine years ago at the anguish — the price
Yom Kippur, and the dead, that was paid for the
the hopelessly wounded, the ecstasy.

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