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April 15, 1983 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-04-15

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israel Picks Tall Veteran as Chief of Staff

By MOSHE RON

The Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent

TEL AVIV — The new Is-
raeli Chief of Staff Moshe
Levy, who is called
"Moshe-and-a-half" (be-
cause of his height of 6 feet 6
inches), will assume his new
office soon. Once during
a military parade little
David Ben-Gurion tried to
look at Levy's rank. Ben-
Gurion had to rise on his
toes.
Fifty years ago, Moshe's
father Gershon came from
Iraq for a visit to Eretz Yis-
rael. Returning to Iraq, he
decided to close his little
shop and to go with his wife
Naomi and his son Baruch
to Israel. The journey took
months and they walked
part of the way.
In Tel Aviv, Gershon sold
vegetables in the Carmel
Market. In the meantime,
three boys were born and
the family lived in one little
room.
Afterwards, Gershon
opened a clothes shop
and moved to a two-room
apartment in the Shapira
Quarter. The parents
took care that their chil-
dren did not suffer from
hunger. The children
finished primary school
and started to work in
order to help the family.

They learned in evening
classes.
Moshe was an errand boy
in an insurance company
and later at Bank
Hapoalim. The sons never
neglected their studies. The
oldest, Baruch, studied
sociology at Tel Aviv Uni-
versity and earned his PhD.
He was commander of the
Gadna (paramilitary youth)
and became adviser to the
Prime Minister on social
problems.
The second son, Yehuda,
and the youngest, Shlomo,
became engineers. All
served in the army during
all the wars and rose to high
rank.
Moshe has served in the
army for 30 years. He was
wounded in the Jordan Val-
ley when Arab terrorists at-
tacked his unit. He fought
after the Six-Day War
against infiltrators.
When the wounded
Moshe was brought into
Hadassah Hospital in
Jerusalem, the wounded
Arab terrorist who had
shot at Moshe was in the
same ward. Moshe had to
remain in a cast for
weeks.
The doctors and nurses
treated Moshe and wounded
terrorist at the same time.
The terrorist did not believe
his eyes. "I could never im-

agine that I would be
treated in a fibspital in the
same way like the general
whom I had shot and
wounded. I shall never
forget this treatment," he
said.
General Levy finished his
studies at the University of
Jerusalem in economics,
history and Islamic studies.
He is married and has five
children. Some of them are
already serving in the
army. He lives in Kibutz
Bet Alfa.
In recent years he served
as vice chief of staff in the
Israeli army.
Moshe has refused in
the past to grant inter-
views. He has also asked
his family to refrain from
giving interviews until he
assumes his new office.
The Israeli press and pub-
lic welcomed the appoint-
ment. At the same time
Moshe Arens succeeded
Ariel Sharon as Defense
Minister. The Israeli press
believes these appoint-
ments will change the Is-
raeli Defense Ministry.
The press criticized the
last speech of Chief of Staff
Rafael Eytan, in which he
announced that Israel must
keep Judea and Samaria in
order to be able to defend
itself. Some Labor Party
Knesset members, like Yit-

Broomfield Lauds
U.S. Gathering

Friday, April 15, 1983

zhak Rabin, Haim Barley
Rep. William Broomfield
and Mordehai Gur, came (R-Birmingham) last week
out strongly against these joined in supporting a spe-
declarations.
cial order of the House of
When the new Minister Representatives recogniz-
for Defense Moshe Arens ing the American Gather-
nominated Moshe Levy for ing of Jewish Holocaust
Chief of Staff, he said that Survivors.
was not easy to do so. There
Broomfield inserted a
Party
were two other candidates special statement in the
for the position. General Congressional Record, laud-
Dan Shomron, who was the ing the survivors and the
by
commander of the Entebbe role of the American people
Chuck Borshanian
action, was supported by in freeing them from Nazi
Sharon. General Avigdor tyranny.
Bengal was supported by
Eytan.
The Cabinet confirmed
Levy unanimously. Gener-
als Shomron and Bengal in-
tend to remain in the army.
Chief of Staff Eytan in-
tends to return to his vil-
lage, Tel Adashim, where
(formerly Darby's Stanley Steamer)
he worked as a car-
penter. In his reserve
13425 Capital, E. of Coolidgo bet. 8 & 9 Mile
duties he will serve as a
Oak Park
548-2890
pilot. He has lately com-
Enjoy some delicious schmaltz herring, steak, fish, etc. . . .
pleted some flying
after the pieitze, old-fashioned steam with hot rocks, whirlpool,
courses in modern
massage, sun tanning, exercise . . . and relaxation with our big
fighter planes.
screen TV.
Levy's
appointment
Open Tues. thru Sun. To The Public
brought much joy to Kibutz
Mondays For Private Parties
Bet Alfa. Moshe's wife
and children are afraid,
however, that they will not
Per Visit or Membership Available
see him much at the kibutz
during the coming years.

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I

Egalitarian Goals of Zionism

By BERNICE
TANNENBAUM

(Editor's note: Mrs.
Tannenbaum is im-
mediate past president of
Hadassah and acting
chairman of the World
Zionist Organization -
American Section.)
The report of the Com-
mission of Inquiry and the
acceptance of its recom-
mendations were a stun-
ning example of democracy
in action at its finest. It ex-
pressed those qualities of
moral decency, a willing-
ness to examine and flagel-
late itself and a supreme
devotion to democratic
principles, all of which
should reveal to America
the worthiness of its only
democratic ally in the Mid-
dle East.
The people of Israel do not
need double-standard cri-
tics to prod their conscience.
Israel has proven that it is
steadfast in its loyalty to its
Zionist heritage of adher-
ence to morality, justice and
the sanctity of human life.
Zionism has been that
rarity among national lib-
eration movements, a cause
dedicated to the pursuit of
universal social justice that
is as essential to its aim as
its national goal.
Surrounded by
enemies sworn to her ex-
tinction, the people and
state of Israel staunchly
adhere to Zionism's
egalitarian vision of the
rights of man.
Despite four wars for sur-
vival, Israel is a land of
democracy in a vast Arab
expanse of autocracy. Its
Arab citizens enjoy equal
rights, Knesset representa-

BERNICE TANNENBAUM

tion and the benefits of up-
ward social and economic
mobility. This is the truth
which representatives of
despotic tyrannies decry
falsely in their United Na-
tions votes with voices
choked with oil.
Daniel Patrick Moyni-
han's characterization still
holds: "The enemies of
Zionism are the enemies of
democracy!"
Today we witness the sad
abasement of the United
Nations grotesquely
warped into a caricature of
the Parliament of Man
where truth is stood on its
head and the high hopes of
humanity are betrayed by
the virulent anti-Zionist
and anti-Israel campaign
that pervades the entire UN
system.
A Zionist knows that he
is "one" with his people.
He personally affirms his
Jewish identity. He
keenly comprehends his
need of Israel for his own
moral and psychological
wholeness and whole-
someness. He knows that
Israel requires his sup-
port and strength for its
self-enhancement, secu-
rity, survival .and the

achievement of its his-
toric destiny.
In the words of Herzl in
"Altneuland," spoken
through the president of the
Jewish Academy:
"We are in duty bound to
increase beauty and wisdom
upon the earth (of Israel)
unto our last breath. For the
earth is ourselves. Out of
her we come, unto her we
return.
"Ecclesiastes said it, and
we today have nothing to
add to his words: 'But
the earth shall endure
forever.' "

Islamic Tower

)

(Editor's note: The fol-
lowing article appeared
in the April 6 issue of The
Nation, under the title
"Nuclear Jihad?")
Speaking recently before
some 100 resident religious
scholars at Tantur,
Jerusalem's Ecumenical
Research Institute, Sheik
Muhammad
al-
Husseini, a noted
oted Muslim
religious leader, argued
that there is explicit reli-
gious sanction for the use of
nuclear weapons by an Is-
lamic state.
Quoting extensively from
the Koran, Sheik al-
Husseini said that its
eighth surah (book) pro-
vides scriptural justifica-
tion for the development of
an Islamic bomb.
The actual use of nuclear
weapons he sought to justify
by citing several Koranic
verses, e.g.: "Warfare is or-
dained for you, though it is
hateful unto you" (Surah 2,
Al-Baqarah 216).

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