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March 30, 1984 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-03-30

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Rep. says Jewish survival depends on Israel 11
Boris Smolar pays tribute to editor emeritus Slomovitz


Your 'Bookie' in Washington





Hadassah women
helped block Ariel
Sharon's bid for a
Jewish Agency post,
indicative of American
Jewish assertiveness
in Israeli affairs.

Special to The Jewish News

Jerusalem — Minister without
Portfolio Ariel Sharon is a general
with a reputation as a tough fighter
and a brilliant field commander. He
led Israel's thrust across the Suez
Canal into Egypt in 1973, and
smashed the Syrian armor and air-
defense in Lebanon in 1982. But the
"unstoppable Arik" finally met his
match recently in Jerusalem when
he was beaten back by a group of
Hadassah women in his bid for the
chairmanship of the Aliyah Depart-
ment of the Jewish Agency.
Sharon and his backers in the
ruling Herut Party failed to "read"
correctly the array of forces on the

Can Labor Party
regain control?

As Israel gears up for new elections,
Peres is pleased, Shamir is shaky
and Weizman is willing

Jewish News Israeli Correspondent

erusalem Shimon Peres and the
Labor Party are relishing their
political victory this week, winning a

consent of Israel's tenth Knesset to
dissolve itself and call for early
Labor has had little to cheer about
of late and Peres credited his party
regulars for a rare Display of unity,
noting that they acted "with perfect
discipline and in complete harmony."
This from a Labor Party that has been
ripped apart by internal feuds — chief-
ly between Peres and his arch-rival,
former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
— since it fell from power almost seven
years ago.
Peres gambled that presenting the
motion for early elections would force
Aharon Abuhatzeira, leader of the
small but influential Tami Party, to
ranks with the government coali-
Continued on Page 14
tion and support Labor's initiative.
And that's what happened. After hours
of debating and vote-dealing, the mo-
tion passed 61-58 last Thursday night,
fare Federation has provided a grant with Yitzhak Berman and Mordechai
to subsidize the teen mission program. Ben Porat, both former members of the
Additional financial assistance can be Likud cabinet, voting against Likud for
discussed with the Fresh Air Society early elections.
Former Prime Minister Begin was
through a confidential scholarship
reportedly planning to come out of
The American and Israeli teens seclusion and vote with Likud against
will get acquainted prior to the trip
through the exchange of slides, tape
recordings and photographs. This will
be accomplished locally when the De-
troiters get together for a six-part
orientation series, when they will also
learn more about each other and Is-
In addition, a weekend retreat
will be held at Camp Maas just before
departure for Israel. Upon their return
to the U.S., the teens will meet again
for a three-day retreat at Camp Maas.
The 20 Detroit teenagers will each
participate during the 1984-1985
school year and/or following summer
in paid employment with local Jewish
communal agencies.
For information on the Israel
Teen Mission, call the Fresh Air
Shimon Peres
Society, 661-0600.

field of battle where Sharon went
down to defeat. This was the General
CounCil of the World Zionist Organ-
ization (WZO), which would have
been the first step on his way to the
Aliyah portfolio. The delegates from
the Zionist Confederation, which is
composed mainly of Hadassah lead-
ers, held the balance of power in the
council voting between the confirmed
pro-Sharon and anti-Sharon blocs.
The Confederation delegates
heard appeals by Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir and Defense Minis-
ter Moshe Arens to support their
party colleague, but were unmoved.
They felt that the divisive and pug-
nacious Sharon was the wrong man

Detroit teens to visit Ramla

Ramla, Israel — Detroit's Project
Renewal sister community — is pre-
paring for the arrival this summer of
20 Detroit teenagers.
For 38 days, the Detroit youths
will live, work and travel with 20 teens
from Ramla. The Israelis' families will
provide home hospitality for the
16-day stay in Ramla, a city half-way
between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
The Fresh Air Society, in coopera-
tion with the Jewish Community Cen-
ter, United Hebrew Schools and the
Jewish Welfare Federation, is offering
this first Israel Teen Mission, July 11
to Aug. 19.
Space is still available for 11th
and 12th graders who wish to partici-
The 22-day touring program will
include stops in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv,
Haifa, Galilee, the Negev, Masada, the
Dead Sea, Eilat and coastal areas.
Special programs will be included,
such as nature studies, desert camping
and hiking.
The Max M. Fisher Jewish Com-
munity Foundation of the Jewish Wel-

MARCH 30, 1984


the motion if his vote had been need-
ed, but in the end it wasn't and he
didn't show.
What happens now is that the
Knesset bill must go to a committee
where a date for the new elections will
be set. Then the bill comes back to the
full Knesset for a second and third
reading. In the meantime, under Israeli
law a Knesset continues to function un-
til its successor is elected.
Historians remind us that since the
state was founded in 1948, only one
Knesset — that of Golda Meir's govern-
ment in 1973 — completed a full four
There is considerable speculation as
to why Tami leader Aharon Abu-
Hatzeira made his bombshell an-
nouncement to vote for new elections
only a few days after the Tami
secretariat indicated the party would
not seek early elections at this time.
Abu-Hatzeira expressed dissatisfac-
tion with the way the Likud govern-
ment is functioning, especially in the
economic sphere. He indicated that the
last straw was the 12 percent rise in-in-
flation last month and predictions by
experts that the cost of living will go
even higher. This would hit hardest on
Tarni's constituents, mainly impoverish-
ed Sephardim, many of them immi-
grants from Abu-Hatzeira's native

Continued on Page 26

Yitzhak Sham.ir

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