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Israel Forces_ Striking Doctors to Return to Work

(Continued from Page 1)
president of the Medical
Association, agreed that the
climate of the talks should
be improved but insisted
that the government offer
new proposals to bring the
doctors back to the negotiat-
ing table.

SSW

Beginning with the
evening shift Tuesday,
hospitals were staffed by
30 percent of their medi-
cal staff. They had been
reduced to 10 percent
over the weekend when
the striking doctors res-
igned en-masse and
"Disappeared" on "vaca-
tion" to avoid being
served with back-to-
work orders.

..

The Attorney General
ruled; however, that publi-
cation of the orders in the
office Gazette and their
broadcast by the media was
sufficient to make them
valid under the law. The or-
ders were read over radio

and television Monday
night, followed by the
names of the thousands of
doctors being called back to
work. The maximum pen-
alty for failure to comply is
two years imprisonment
and a 250,000 shekel (about
$6,000) fine.
Although less than one-
third of the medical staffs
were back on duty the situa-
tion was close to normal.
Histadrut doctors have
ageed, meanwhile, to re-
open the Kupat Holim
(sick-fund) clinics two-
days-a-week to deal with
medical emergencies and
chronically-ill patients. The
clinics have been closed
nearly two months but the
doctors continued to treat
patients for a fee at "alter-
native medical service cen-
ters."
The Treasury's refusal
to exceed the 22 percent
national wage increase
ceiling, agreed to by His-
tadrut, created. the im-
passe over salaries. Shos-

tak, who concedes that
doctors' salaries should
be upgraded considering
the abnormal hours they
work, has suggested that
the Treasury get around
the ceiling by recognizing
that the Medical Associa-
tion is independent of
Histadrut and had no
part in negotiating the
ceiling.
The Finance 'Ministry
published the pay scale of
publicly-employed doctors
in advertisements in the
daily press. The figures
were immediately disputed
by the Medical Association
which pointed out that the
gross income of physicians
represented compensation
for more than 100 hours of
work per week compared to
the 40-45 hour week worked
by most other employed
perpons in Israel.
Virtually all doctors in Is
rael are employed by the
government or the various
sick-funds. Few, if any,
have a private practice.

Israeli Aircraft Evade Strike
by Syrian Air-to-Air Missiles

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Israel Air Force jets on
"routine patrol" over.Leba-
non were fired on by Syrian
air-to-air missiles Wednes-
day. The Israeli aircraft
were not hit and did not re-
turn the fire. All returned
safely to their bases, mili-
tary sources said, according
to Israel Radio. The sources
were quoted as saying the
patrols would continue.
Defense Minister Moshe
Arens told' the Knesset's
foreign affairs and security
committee that there were
"worrisome signs" of Syrian
military preparations in
Lebanon and on the Golan
1 " Heights. He gave no details,
but admitted that Israel
does not have a firm
assessment of Syria's inten-
tions.
Former Premier Yitzhak
Rabin, a Laborite member
a of the committee, said Syria
would not launch a war on
Israel, but he .did rule out
local incidents. -
In a related develop-
ment, Premier Menahem
Begin acknowledged that
there are several difficul-
ties in the way of imple-
menting Israel's agree-
ment with Lebanon,
chiefly Syria's refusal to
cooperate by agreeing to
withdraw its forces from
that country.
But he told the Knesset's
Foreign Affairs and Secu-
rity Committee that Israel
should not present any ul-
timatums but should draw
up a scenario in the event
Syria remains intransigent.
Begin's appearance be-
fore the committee exposed
sharp differences in the op-
position leadership over
what course should be fol-
lowed. Labor Party chair-
man Shirnon Peres urged
Israel to set a target date for
the pull-out of its forces
from Lebanon, regardless of
what the Syrians do.
Otherwise, "We shall re-
main stuck in the mud of

rivalry between the com- cord which moved Israel
munities in Lebanon with- and Lebanon towards
(nit being able to reach peaceful relations.
agreement," he warned.
The policy maker con-
Meanwhile, Israel is firmed that Israel and
drawing up contingency Lebanon had not reached
plans for a redeployment final agreement on the
of its army in Lebanon, if status and role of Maj. Saad
the withdrawal of all Haddad. This issue will be
foreign 'forces from that taken up in the Joint
country cannot be im- Liaison Committee to be es-
plemented because of Sy- tablished after the agree-
rian opposition, a senior ment comes into effect' with
government policy the exchange of "instru-
maker said.
ments of ratification."
The policy maker refused
But it had been agreed,
to set any deadline or time the policy maker said, that
limit for the implementa- Haddad would be inte-
tion of the withdrawal grated into the Lebanese
agreement. But he stressed_ _ army, would hold a senior
repeatedly that planning of rank, and would hold no less
alternative deployment was an assignment than deputy
actively under way. Israel, commander of the territo-
he noted, was not commit- rial brigade, the task which
. ted to maintain its present Lebanon and the U.S. had
deployment in Lebanon.
proposed for him and which
The policy maker hinted Israel initially rejected. •
that the United Nations
Interim Force in Lebanon
(UNIFIL) and/or the multi-
national force might be
moved into any areas -vac-
JERUSALEM (JNI) —
ated by the Israel army in a Parliamentarians from the
redeployment to the south Council of Europe recently
or into areas vacated by Is- toured the °coal-fired power
rael and the Syrians if plant at Hadera, visited the
simultaneous withdrawal is Ormat solar pools at the
eventually implemented.
Dead Sea and attended the
He noted that under the dedication of a pilot plant in
Israel-Lebanon agreement, the Negev for the processing
one UNIFIL batallion is to of oil shale.
remain north of Sidon to
The Shale plant, which
patrol the Sidon-Tyre area crushes, prepares and burns
refugee camps. This would oil shale extracted from
leave five UNIFIL batall- nearby deposits, is the
ions available for a latest in a series of innova-
peacekeeping role tive Israeli energy projects.
elsewhere in Lebanon if the The pilot plant is expected
UN Security Council to grow into a complex pro-
agreed.
viding 30 percent of Israel's
The policy maker liquid fuel needs by the
stressed the broad Arab mid-1990s.
world support of the
Further development
agreement, or at least of plans for shale oil call for
the principle of simul- the construction of two
taneous withdrawal. He demonstration plants over
noted though that the so the next five years at a cost
called Arab moderates, of $60 million. One plant
such as Saudi Arabia, would extract synthetic fuel
have privately spoken and the other would burn
out against the "p•oliti- the shale oil-- to produce
cal" provisions of the ac- steam
-

The .basic salary of a
newly graduated doctor
starting his internship last
January was ) equivalent to
$360 a month at the prevail-
ing rate of exchange. The
base salary of a senior hos-
pital director last January
was the equivalent of $637 a
month. The base salary is
the means for calculating
pensions and other benefits.
But it is usually tripled
or quadrupled by over-
time, extra shifts,
weekend duty, travel and
book allowances and var-
ious other allowances,
some 16 items in all.
These raise the monthly:
earnings of an intern -to
$1,000 and of a senior
hospital director to just
under $3,000 before
taxes.
But taxes and various
other deductions consume
almost half of the gross
salaries. The heavy work
load and long hours at . hos.:
pitals leave senior physi-
cians and specialists little
time to accept the few pri-
vate patients willing to pay,

for medical treatment or tion was presented by the
unwilling to endure the Labor Alignment, Hadash
long wait for non- (Communists) and Shinui.
emergency operations or
other treatment.

Likud Wins
Confidence Vote

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A
motion of non-confidence in
the government's economic
policy was defeated in the
Knesset by a vote of 59-53
Tuesday evening.
Former Finance Minister
Yigael Hurwitz (Likud), a
long-time critic of the
policies of Yoram Aridor,
the present Finance Minis-
ter, abstained.
The non-confidence mo-

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