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April 25, 1986 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-04-25

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ing to Judaism according to their
new law."
The divisiveness again became
apparent and one wonders
whence conies solution to the
drastic differences which are de-
veloping into internal Jewish
family animosities.
If it were only possible to con-
vene a Sanhedrin akin to the
olden times when rabbis
gathered to differ and to adjust
conflicts! From present indica;
tions the prediction that by the
year 2000 the disunity in Jewry
will predominate is a more realis-
tic threat than has hitherto been

'God,' Physical
Defensive Are Not
Really Polls Apart


Arab neighbors; 94 percent
were sure Israel would win a
war against Syria alone; and
92 percent thought Israel
would win the war against
terrorism. A substantial 69
percent was convinced that
Israel could sustain weakened
support from the United
Only 47 percent believed
IDF decisions were always ob-
jective and 53 percent be-
lieved non-military and even
political considerations were
sometimes involved in mili-
tary decisions. Only a third of
the respondents agreed that
decisions by the political lead-
ership on security matters
were always based on the
merits of the case.
More than views expressed, the
lesson to be learned here is that
there is a sense of confidence
among Israelis that they can as-
sure their own security.
The God-armed forces idea in-
troduced in the Tel Aviv Univer-
sity poll recalls an old Yiddish
pun, As God vill, shisst a bezim —
"If God wills it, even a broom will
Therefore, really, the Israel
vote for the gun versus the Al-
mighty is not heresy. It merely
adds confidence in the People Is-
rael, faith in the nation's sur-
vivalism, to the devotions that
are inerasable from Jewish liv-

Polls testing opinions on vex-
ing current issues are common
everywhere. They are inspired by
the media, and the experts in
conducting the testing are
treated with respect.
In Israel, some days ago, there
must have been a measure of
deep interest, accompanied by
mirth, in the announcement of
reactions to the results of a sur-
vey that was conducted among
the Israeli armed forces over a
most famous Jewish traditional
incentive to courage. Asked to
comment on the Biblical quota-
tion: "The Guardian Angel of Is-
rael neither sleeps nor slumbers"
— Lo yonum v'lo yoshal Shome
Yisrael — the vote was a 57 to 17
percent margin in believing that
the quotation referred to the IDF,
rather than to God.
In Israel
The Jewish Telegraphic
Agency analysis of the survey re-
After 15 Years
veals very interesting 'opinions.
Tel Aviv (JTA) — Isai and
The summary is vital enough to
Grigory Goldstein, brothers
be quoted:
who waited almost 15 years for
Only 13 percent thought the
State of Israel was the guard-
visas to leave the Soviet Union,
ian angel and ten percent
arrived in Israel last week with
suggested it was the people of
a plea that the Jews they left
Israel. The United States came
behind in the USSR not be
out poorly.• Only two percent
saw its role as Israel's guard-
Isai, accompanied by his wife,
ian, a tie with those who said it
Elizabeth and their 15 year old
was a case of every man for
son, Avi, said at Ben Gurion
Airport, "Our dream has at last
The survey, which found Is-
come true. We want no more •
raelis optimistic about peace
publicity. All your attention
and confident in the country's
must now be given to those who
security situation, was part of
have been-left behind. There are
' a research pioject on national
still hundieds of thousands
security and public opinion
wanting' to leave."
conducted by Tel Aviv Uni-
Grigory, whois 55 and unmar-
versity's Jaffee Center for
ried, said he and his brother,
Strategic Studies.
both physicists, were not al-
A total of 1,172 Jewish
lowed to emigrate 15 years ago
adults was polled. Kibbutz
because both had worked on
members were not included.
No less than 96 percent of the
scientific research. They are
respondents were confident
natives of Tbilisi, the capital of
that Israel will continue to Soviet Georgia. Grigory was ex-
exist and 86 percent saw no
iled to Siberia for a year because
danger of another Holocaust.
of his Zionist activities.
While most thought Israel's
The brothers renounced their
security situation today is not
Soviet citizenship in 1972, after
quite as good as it was prior to • Arab terrorists massacred the
the 1982 invasion of Lebanon,
Israeli Olympic team in Munich.
they were, sure it would im-
Exit visas were granted them
earlier this"year after Sen. Ed-
Three-quarters of the re-
ward Kennedy . of Massachu-
spondents thought that Israel
could successfully repel a - setts intervened on their behalf
during a visit to. Moscow. ,
combined attack ,by all of its

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