12 Friday, April 4, 1986•
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
DZF's Israeli Scholar
Plans To Speak, Learn
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Uri Dromi plans to learn as
much from Detroiters in the
next few days as Detroiters will
learn from him.
The handsome, young Israeli
Air Force officer and history lec-
turer at Tel Aviv University has
one of the busiest Detroit
schedules of any recent Detroit
Zionist Federation scholar-in-
residence. Forty-two organiza-
tions will hear him speak by the
time he ends his Detroit visit on
Asked if he might lose his
voice during his hectic schedule,
Dromi told The Jewish News, "I
plan to allow people to ask ques-
tions and make statements. I
want to get to know people as
much as they get to know me."
Claiming his expectations are Uri Dromi
modest, Dromi said personal level will make Israel a closed
contacts mean more to him society, and he calls the Gush
Emunim combination of religion
"than excellent speeches."
Modesty aside, Dromi has and nationalism "very danger-
plenty to offer his Detroit audi- ous."
ences. He is editor-in-chief of
Col. Dromi is a member of the
Ma'arachot, the Israel Defense Israel Forum, which works to
Forces magazine, is former chief promote ties between Israel and
of education for the air force and the Diaspora. Founded three
adviser to the prime minister for years ago, the Forum tries to
Arab affairs, and is completing foster more realistic views of Is-
his Ph.D. at Ben-Gurion Uni- rael and the Diaspora.
"In America, the Jews think
His goal during his stay in Israelis don't care 'about them,
Detroit is to educate people that we just want their money.
about Israel. "People tend to They believe we ignore their de-
speak about Israel in generali- licate situation here, the accusa-
zations and cliches," he said. tions of dual loyalty, and that
"This comes from too much love we want them to stand up and
and a lack of knowledge." He support Israel no matter what
said most people, including the political situation."
American Jews, forget that Is-
Dromi said Detroiters Jane
rael is a normal country. "Yes, Sherman, Peter Alter, Larry
we have clashes on the border, Jackier and others have sup-
but people are also drinking cof- ported the Israel Forum, and are
fee at sidewalk cafes on Dizen- involved in its Project Otzma to
bring Americans to Israel for
Dromi wants to present a one year. "We. have to do some-
"true picture of Israel."
thing," he said, "less we lose the
"I don't want people to think support of American Jewry. We
that Israel is too mighty, or that are concerned by the long-term
it is capable of anything. I want trends.
to show what Israel really is.
"Everybody speaks about the
Some people want it to be more centrality of Israel, but what is
religious, some want it more being done? (United Jewish Ap-
liberal. Some ask, 'How can you peal) Funds are being shifted
bring people from Africa.' The from Israel to local needs." This
more people hear, the more they is part of a slow drifting apart
will know." ' '
wnich the Israel Forum is trying
Dromi said that American to enrrorf
Jews need to hear more of the
"We are not• the Israel of the
political debates currently going Six Day War' = prosperous and
on in Israel. He said extremism mighty. We are not Ism. of the
and radicalism are the major 1973 Wsfr, with inf1a1, ,un and
topics of Israel society as they yerida. Nor 'the Israel of the
relate to Ashkenazim vs. Lebanon War; This is the Israel
Sephardim and religious vs. of Kahane, and other problems,
and many 'Americans do not like
"What people read in the this,new face of Israel."
Jewish press in the United
In Israel, increasing numbers
States and in the Jerdsalem of the ; populatidn are becoming
Post is not pluralistic enough. aware. of OW issue. "A study
People have to hear more, meet showed ail' appalling lack of in-
Israelis, and gain a more accu- formation on the Diaspora in Is-
rate picture of Israel. They also raeli newspalibrs," he said, "but
have to come and visit us."
that is slowly changing." Col.
On the Israeli side, he com- Dromi believes that information
mented that Israel's ties with about the Diaspora must be
the Diaspora help to overcome added to Israel's school cur-
Israel's provincialism. Just as ' ricula, < but he does not believe
the Jewish community in ' that education is the only solu-
America has changed, Israel has tion.
also changed. Many Israelis no
"I tried. W prepare for my visit
longer take the views of the by learning about Detroit before
Diaspora for granted.
I came, but I know I have a lot
He worries that radicalism in to learn and k want to meet as
Israel on the political and racial many people Impillian.',-la-spite•