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December 18, 1987 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-12-18

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New Magazine
Is Proposed

Washington (JTA) — Since
his release from Soviet prison
20 - months ago, Natan
Sharansky has emerged as
somewhat of a consultant,
sometimes self-appointed, on
major Jewish issues resulting
from his experience as
refusenik, prisoner and new
Speaking to the plenary of
the United Jewish Appeal's
National Campaign Cabinet
Dec. 6, following the massive
rally for Soviet Jews, Sharan-
sky offered solutions to what
he said was a continuing pro-
blem of disunity among
American and Israeli Jews.
"I often have a feeling that
we are two different nations;'
he said in front of his closest
colleagues from his Moscow
refusenik days, as well as an
ample assortment of
members of Congress, United
Jewish Appeal leaders and
Soviet Jewry activists.
"For many Israelis,
America is a good place to
raise money, and for many
American Jews, Israel is a
place they go to see what
their money is being raised
As a result, he said,
"American Jews don't unders-
tand Israeli Jews" and vice
Sharansky suggested the
creation of an English-
Hebrew magazine "with an
editorial' that both com-
munities would read, and
identical Jewish education
programs for children in both
countries with student ex-
changes also offered.
He said the estimated cost
of the magazine — $2 million
to $10 million — was worth it.
"We cannot have two separate
people," Sharansky said.
"And all this giving and tak-
ing is all we have between

Is Gaza Worth
The Headaches?

Jerusalem (JTA) — Israel
may soon have to come to
grips with the problem of the
Gaza Strip — whether the
continued occupation of that
territory of less than 200
square miles with an Arab
population of 600,000 is
essential to Israel's security
and worth the cost of main-
taining law and order there.
The issue moved to the fore
following another fatal stab-
bing of an Israeli citizen,
Shlomo Takal, 45, who was
knifed in the back of his neck
in the main square of Gaza
Dec. 6.

Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres told the Knesset's
Foreign Affairs and Security
Committee Dec. 7 that the
Gaza Strip should be
demilitarized under Israeli
supervision and the Jewish
settlements in the territory
dismantled. About 2,000
Jewish settlers live in the
Gaza Strip and are as mili-
tant as their 50,000 com-
patriots who live in the West
Premier Yitzhak Shamir
blasted Peres' proposal Dec. 8,
assuring his Likud Knesset
faction "it will never be." He
said it was "hard to unders-
tand people who want to put
Israel on the operating table"
during this week's summit
between President Reagan
and Soviet leader Mikhail
While the future status of
the West Bank is at the core
of the split between right and
left in Israel, many Israelis of
both camps feel that Israel's
interests in the Gaza Strip,
though vital, are of short-
term value.
Eliahu Ben-Elissar, a pro-
minent member of Likud's
Herut wing, who was Israel's
first ambassador to Egypt, ad-
mitted recently that the
densely populated Gaza Strip,
where over half the Arab
population lives in refugee
camps, is more of a nuisance
than an asset.
Takal's murder was the
latest in a series of assaults
on Israelis in Gaza in the past
year. Yisrael Kitaro, a
43-year-old taxi driver from
Ashkelon, was fatally stabb-
ed there on Oct. 7, 1986. Ten
days earlier, on Sept. 27,
Haim Azran, 35, also from
Ashkelon, died of knife
wounds inflicted while he was
shopping in the Gaza

Killer Escapes
Death Penalty

Jerusalem (JTA) — An
Israeli Arab convicted of kill-
ing a soldier narrowly
escaped the death penalty in
a Nablus military court Dec.
Ahmad Ali Abu-Jabar, of
Kfar Kassem near Petach
Tikva, was sentenced to life
imprisonment for the murder
of IDF soldier Akiva Shealtiel
on April 6, 1985.
Two of the three judges
hearing the case favored the
death penalty, but it was not
imposed because the pro-
secutor failed to demand
capital punishment and one
of the judges dissented. The
death penalty cannot be im-
posed without a unanimous
vote of judges trying a case.

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