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December 03, 1984 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-12-03

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Friday, December 7, 1984

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

NEWS

Speaker's goal:
smooth Knesset

BY SIMON GRIVER
Special to The Jewish. News

Jerusalem — As Speaker of the
11th Knesset Shlomo Hillel
presides over a parliament that
embodies the realization of
Jewish aspirations for self-
determination through demo-
cratic principles. This crucial
position crowns a career that
encompassesa lifelong dedication
to the well-being of his people.
The Iraqi born Hillel is a sea-
soned parliamentarian who
amongst numerous other things

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has served in Israel's cabinet on
two occasions, developed Israel's
ties with several African nations
as a foreign office diplomat, and
supervised the exodus of tens of
thousands of persecuted Jews
from their native Arab lands.
The role of Speaker is modelled
on that of the British House of
Commons, though most demo-
cratically elected chambers, as in
America's Houses of Congress,
have speakers who act as chair-
people. One significant difference,
however, is that in the absence of
the President of Israel, the Knes-
set speaker becomes acting
president.
The Knesset Speaker also de-
termines the agenda for debates,
though in effect he bows to the
government's wishes. More cru-
cially, however, during debates
the Speaker's gavel decides what
can and cannot be said. If a
member persistently interrupts
debates or does not accede to the
Speaker's demands to cease a
speech, the Speaker may even call
upon the Knesset ushers to eject a
member from the hall. In Israel's
parliament, where unrully be-
havior and melodramatic ges-
tures are not uncommon, the
ushers are regrettably called into
action all too often.
While Hillel is polite, gentle
and diffident in manner (he
seemed extremely embarrassed
by the excited congratulations he
received from his colleagues after
being elected Speaker), he is not a
man to sit quietly when his indig-
nation is roused. No leniency can
be expected from him towards
Meir Kahane or any other Knes-
set member who attempts to dis-
rupt, or threaten Israeli democ-
racy, for Hillel vigorously sup-
ports issues he feels strongly ab-
out. Born in Baghdad, Iraq in
1923, Hillel came to Israel in 1930
and settled with his family in Tel
Aviv. After graduating from the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem
in economics and political science,

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