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October 17, 1986 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-10-17

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Friday, October 17, 1986


Israel Faces Serious
Problems In 5747


Special to The Jewish News


aifa — The new year
season lends itself
not only to contemp-
lative review of the year just
elapsed, but also to consider-
ation of the immediate fu-
ture, and what lies in store
for us. It is our annual cus-
tom, at this time, to review
and ponder the twelve major
problems which, in our opin-
ion, will face Israel in the
months ahead.
Some of these problems are
perennial; occasionally some
drop in gravity, or lose their
place in the list, only to be
replaced by others. Alas, we
are never at a loss for a list-
ing, though this year there
are some major changes in
the order of priority. The list
is given in order of respective
1Water. This item has ap-
peared on our list for years,
but this time it emerges as
the single most critical
menace to national security
or even survival. The country
has been consuming its water
resources at a rapid rate. Re-
servoirs, including the Sea of
Galilee, are drying up, and
more than one winter of
heavy rains is needed to re-
store a safety margin. Can
technology provide an an-
Religious-Secular Con-
frontation. Intolerant fanati-
cism of extremists on the one
.side, led to burning of
synagogues and desecration
of holy books by hotheads on
the other side during the past
year, and the prospects of
further clashes have lit a red
light which thinking people
in both camps should pay
heed to.
The Economic Situation.
Remarkable' restraint by all
elements has brought about a
radical reduction in inflation,
but the situation is still deli-
cate. Some labor camps insist
on pay raises, which could
yet trigger off a new spiral,
and some vested interests are
all for spending more gov-
ernment money. A strong and
determined economic policy
requires the support of both
major political parties.

Relations with Jordan
and West Bank. The summit
meeting with the King of
Morocco, and the thaw in re-
lations with Egypt indicate
that there is motion on the
international scene in this
area. Many expect that there
will yet be opportunity for
negotiations with King Hus-
sein, and some kind of ar-
rangement with regard to
Judea, Samaria and Gaza
may slowly begin to emerge.
Others regard such a possibil-
ity as a chimera, and in any
event leading only to a dead
Immigration. The figures
have fallen off sharply. Jews
who want to come to Israel

are unable to do so, and those
who are able, don't want to
come. Persons in the govern-
ment and in the Jewish
Agency who should be most
deeply concerned, and should
be taking the initiative in
promoting wider interest in
aliyah, are doing either noth-
ing or the wrong things.
Highway Accidents. After
several years of a declining
accident rate, the figures this
year shot up suddenly in a
major spurt of traffic
fatalities. Once again, Israel
loses far, far more lives on
the roads at home than in ac-
tion by enemy or terrorists.
All indications are that the
principal cause is the human
factor, not roads or cars.
Yeridah. There has been
no decline in the number of
Israelis who abandon life
here, and seek pleasure and
prosperity abroad. Israel is
unable to decide if the phe-
nomenon is a sad one or a
shameful one. Attempts to
stop the flow have been only
Egypt. Things have im-
proved, but if the Taba prob-
lem can be fully resolved to
mutual satisfaction there
could well be possibility of a
new golden period of political
commercial, cultural and
tourist relations between Is-
rael and Egypt. It is a situa-
tion worth working for.
Relations with the USSR.
The aborted meeting in Fin-
land, and the developments
thereafter, - serve to em-
phasize the need for opening
channels of communication
with Moscow. Israel is will-
ing, but the Russians are as
negative and as inscrutable
as ever. Will there be a break
in this situation?
The Lavi. Israel's own de-
signed jet fighter, the very
last word in military aircraft,
is due to make its maiden
test flight in the very near
future. Whether the plane
will actually go into produc-
tion thereafter will depend on
policy decisions in Jerusalem
and financial decisions in
The Threat from Syria.
The enormous strengthening
of the Syrian military
machine, and the rumbling
threats from Damascus serve
as warnings to Israel that
maximum alert must be
maintained on the northeast-
ern border.


New York — The
LaRouche organization, reel-
ing from federal indictments,
also suffered battering de-
feats in the 1986 primaries,
according to an Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith analysis. The ADL said
that of 234 candidates in 26
states, only 13 managed two
in, of which nine were for un-
contested nominations. None
of the 13 is expected to win
in November.


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