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May 09, 1986 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-05-09

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56 Friday, May 9, 1986



For Mother's Day


Nuclear Disaster Raises
Concerns In Israel




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Jerusalem (JTA) — A debate
is shaping up in the government
over the issue of nuclear power
plants in Israel, according to
reports last Monday. Officials
insist the decision should be
made on the basis of future
energy needs and economic fac-
tors rather than the concerns
raised by the nuclear accident in
Chernobyl, Ukraine.
The Cabinet is divided. Gad
Yaacobi, Minister for Economic
Planning, and Gideon Patt, Min-
ister of Science and Technology,
advise against the purchase of
nuclear reactors. But Energy
Minister Moshe Shahal said it
must not be ruled out under
pressure of the disaster in the
Soviet Union.
Yaacobi noted at the Cabinet
meeting that oil prices are ex-
pected to stabilize at a low level
and stay there for some time.
"To say the least, it is much less
urgent to take decisions con-
cerning this matter (nuclear
reactors) now than it was two
years ago," he said.
Patt pointed out that a reac-
tor would have to be located
somewhere in the northern
Negev for safety reasons. But
such a site would add 50 percent
to the nominal price of a reactor
because of the high cost of pro-
viding water as a coolant. On
top of this, he said, there was
the cost of defense and security
measures owing to the proximi-
ty of the reactor to the Egyptian
Yuval Neeman, the leader of
the Tehiya Party and a nuclear
scientist, said in a radio inter-
view that any nuclear reactor in
Israel should be located under-
ground for security reasons. He
also thought Israel should con-
centrate on building its own
reactor rather than purchase
one abroad. Israel is said to have
been negotiating for the pur-
chase of a nuclear power plant
from France. But the deal was
stalled by problems of financing
and credit.
In other developments, Dan
Michaeli, Director General of
the Health Ministry, said that
the nuclear disaster in the
Soviet Union does not seem to
pose a health problem for Israel
and there is no cause for con-
cern. The Environmental Health
Institute has been monitoring
reports of radioactive fall-out
over Europe.
However, the nuclear disaster
has triggered concern among
Russian immigrants in Israel for
the safety of relatives in Kiev,
only 60 miles south of Cher-
nobyl. The Soviet-Jewish im-
migrant community is alarmed
over the health and safety of
their relatives in Kiev, the third
largest city in the Soviet Union,
and surrounding areas. Their
fears have been heightened by
the secrecy of Soviet officialdom
who have released scant details
of the disaster and whose low
casualty figures are considered

implausible by most Western
Russian Jews here trying to
reach Kiev by telephone have -/
been told by operators that their
parties were not available or
that all lines were busy. One
woman who managed to reach
relatives in Kiev by phone said
the people she spoke to were sur-
prised by her anxiety and in-
sisted that conditions in Kiev-
were completely normal. They _
said there was no exciment in
the city or its environs, she
Kiev has a Jewish population
of between 300,000 to 400,001
out of a total population of 3 tcl
4 million. The calm there may be
the result of Soviet secrecy
toward their own people.
According to western souce5,
the Russian population has been y
given few details of the disasterr'
by the official media and haste
learned of its magnitude only F
gradually by listening to broad-
casts- from the U.S. and western
Europe which are normally
Israeli ham radio operators
who have contacted amateur
radio operators in Kiev receivea
assurances that all was well. On-
ly one Israeli operator heard a
report of many casualties. Ap-
parently, Kiev residents of the I
accident five days after it hap-
pened, and from what the
Israelis could ascertain, nc
special precautions had been
taken in Kiev.

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mechanical or electronic device
which can help people in every-
day situations.
For entry blank, call the sci
ence center, 577-8400. Deadline
is May 16.

Chorus Entertains

The Oak Park Civic Chorus,
under the direction of Charles
Weiner and accompanied by Lila
Hindmarsh, will present its an-
nual spring concert "A Touch 'z'of,
Broadway-Plus," on May 18 a,-(
7:30 p.m. at the Oak Park High
School Auditorium.. There is an
admission fee.

Party Planned

"Breakfast after Beethoven" is
the theme for the post-concert
party slated for May 17, at 10
p.m. in Orchestra Lounge in Ford./
Auditorium. The party is spOn
sored by the Detroit Symphon-y-\
volunteer group Forte!

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