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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-10-01

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, October 1, 1982 5

Resumption of Unity in Israel Evidenced by Decision on Probe

(Continued from Page 1)
"There is nothing more im-
portant than the moral
value and power of the
people of Israel in the land
of Israel. An investigation
should be carried out in
depth and nobody should es-
cape such an investigation,
either on the political or
military level. I personally
. . . believe in and 2ecognize
the conception of ministe-
rial responsibility. To in-
vestigate — yes. But to put
this at the very center of our
lives — no."
Sharon's reference to
ministerial 'responsibility
was seen as an allusion to
public demands after the
Yom Kippur War that De-

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fense Minister Moshe he was leaving to write a
Dayan resign.
book on the current Mid-
Meanwhile, Col. dle East situation.
(Res.) Eli Geva, who res-
Numerous American
igned his command of an Jewish leaders and organ-
armored brigade in izations sent messages to Is-
Lebanon in July when an rael asking the government
Israeli occupation of to initiate a full investiga-
west Beirut appeared tion of the Beirut massacre.
imminent, explained his
Julius Berman, chairman
motives in a radio inter- of the Conference of
view over the weekend. Presidents of Major Ameri-
In his first public com- can Jewish Organizations,
ments since leaving the asked for an investigation
army, Geva said the that would probe deeply and
senior military staff had see that justice is done. At
been "very close to a de- the same time, he deplored
cision" to enter west Be- "the arrant hypocrisy of
irut at the time although those world statesmen and
they were aware that it religious leaders who have
could have been a costly already found Israel guilty,
fight in terms of Israeli all the while ignoring the
casualties.
fundamental fact that the
He said he tendered his mass murders in Shatila
resignation because he and Sabra were committed
didn't believe his superiors not by Israelis but by Maro-
had a "reason for spilling nite Christians."
our blood" and hoped his ac-
Noting that the mass
tion would forestall a deci- murderers were "Catholics
sion to invade the Lebanese who see the Pope as 'their
capital. But had such an spiritual leader," Berman
order been given "I wouldn't asked:
have dared disobey it,"
"Dare one suggest that
Geva said.
the Christian militiamen
The 32-year-old ex- might have been
officer, now a textile execu- encouraged by the royal
tive, said he was not an welcome Pope John
anti-war activist. But when Paul II gave to the arch-
the Israeli army began its terrorist Yasir Arafat 48
siege of Beirut," "I stopped hours before? Did they
and thought to myself, what see in the Pope's embrace
are we doing here? Where of the PLO murderer ab-
have we come? Is it good for solution for the murders
the Jews? Do we need it? they would commit?"
What is the price?"
Michigan Congressman
Geva, regarded as one of
Howard Wolpe joined 20
the most outstanding of Is-
rael's younger military other members of Congress,
commanders, said many of all strong supporters of Is-
rael, in issuing an appeal to
his colleagues shared his
Begin to drop his opposition
doubts but none had spoken
to the appointment of a
out at staff meetings,. He
commission of • investiga-
said he regretted that "only
tion.
a minority" of his fellow
In a Detroit Free Press
officers have kept contact
"Sound Off' poll conducted
with him since he left the
last Thursday, 61 percent of
army.
the 4,500 telephone calls re-
Resignations from im-
corded favored cutting off
portant government
U.S.
aid to Israel because of
posts in Israel during the
the massacre of Palesti-
current crisis included
nians in west Beirut by
that of former Detroiter
Christian Phalangists.
Zev Chafets, director of
the Israel government
Harold Saunders, former
press office. Chafetz had
head of Near Eastern and
been a severe critic of the
South Asian Affairs in the
American media in their
State Department, now a
handling the current Is-
senior fellow at the Ameri-
rael actions. Chafets said
can Enterprise Institute for
Public Policy Research in a
SINCE 1959
radio address: over Voice of
Call Now For
America, said it might be
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in the near future
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to cut off U.S. aid to Israel
because "Israel and the
United States have been on
a collision course for two
years."
At the United Nations,
'Imre Hollaik, the Hunga-
rian delegate who has been
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named president of the
General Assembly session,
Horizontal & Vertical
Tuesday severely criticized
By Joanna, Mastercraft
and blamed Israel for the
massacre in west Beirut,
while whitewashing the
, Soviet Union for its role' in
Afghanistan. His action is
considered a break in the es-
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General
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president acting impar-
tially in deliberations.

Cabinet Approves
the Investigation

The Cabinet's statement
Tuesday approving a full
. investigation summarized
the government's version of
events:
"On Wednesday, Sept. 21,
the Cabinet resolved to hold
a discussion on an appropri-
ate method of examining
the acts regarding the at-
rocities carried out by a unit
from the Lebanese forces in
Beirut and to report on its
decisions.
"The Minister of Justice
announced in the Knesset
in the name of the govern-
ment that the decision
would be adopted in the
very near future.
"On Friday, Sept. 24,
the Cabinet unanimously
resolved to ask the
President of the Supreme
Court to examine the
facts connected with the
above mentioned atroc-
ity. The Cabinet is con-
vinced that by employing
this authority it took the
appropriate way to

examine the tragic inci-
dent as swiftly as possi-
ble and with complete ob-
jectivity.
"The President of the
Supreme Court explained to
the Minister of Justice that
he could not consider the
Cabinet's request because
the Supreme Court, sitting
as High Court of Justice,
has before it two appeals
submitted on this issue
which renders the matter
sub judice.
"The judicial qualifica-
tion of the appeals as stated
would take a number of
weeks at least. In order to
put an end to the false libels
to the effect that the Israeli
government has something
to hide in this matter or that
it would like to avoid its full
clarification, the Cabinet

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has decided, at the Prime
Minister's suggestion, to
revise its previous decision.
"The Cabinet resolved to
establish a - Commission of
inquiry according to the
Law of Commissions of In-
quiry, 1968. The matter
which will be suggested to
inquiry is all the facts and
persons connected with the.
atrocity which was carried
out by a unit of the
Lebanese forces against the
civilian population in the
Shatila and Sabra camps.
The Prime Minister will in-
form the President of the
Supreme Court tomorrow of
the establishment of a
commission of inquiry."

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