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January 01, 1988 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-01-01

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certs throughout the country
and is otherwise busy savor-
ing her life once again.
"Sometimes I get pleasure
from just hanging out the
laundry and watching it dry
in the sun!" she says. "I'm
beginning to feel a content-
ment with life that took a
long time for me to learn!'
Yet the reality of
withdrawal from a drug ad-
diction is not problem-free;
the fears of a return to drugs
exists for the user years after
the dependency has been con-
quered. "When I go to New
York, I know exactly where to
find the people who have the
access to drugs and that
scares me," she admits. "I still
refuse to handle my own
money when I'm there. It has
only been one-and-a-half
years. It's too soon to be that
confident, that certain!'
Her daughter, Tamar, 12%,

has remained in New York,
however, and this has been
the most difficult adjustment
that Rivka has had to make.
She hopes that soon Tamar
will be able to come and visit,
maybe for an extended period
of time. "I miss her a great
deal, yet I believe she knows
why I must stay here in
Israel. She is a very warm
and understanding young
girl!',
Rivka's first album in over
a decade has recently been
released, entitled Israelite. It's
a name that reflects the
nature and intent of the
music. They are not joyous
songs, but an honest affirma-
tion of what Rivka holds close
to her. "I suppose the record
is the story of where I have
been in life and, more impor-
tant, of where I hope to go
from here!'

World Zionist Press Service

'Israel Able To Bridge
U.S., Europe Markets'

YITZHAK RABI

Special to The Jewish News

N

ew York — A high-
ranking Israeli offici-
al asserts that Israel
is in a unique position to
become "the Hong Kong of
the Near East" — a financial
and business center linking
America and Europe.
Gabriel Levy, Israel's
economic minister to North
America, claims that "Israel
can turn into a bridge bet-
ween the European and the
American markets and vice
versa, because Israel is the
only country in the world that
has free trade agreements
with the United States and
the European Economic
Community.
"As a result, the United
States can actually export
duty-free goods to Europe
through Israel, and the Euro-
peans can do the same with
the vast American market
also through Israel. The
potential for growth and
economic expansion for Israel
is therefore enormous!"
Noting the efforts of the
United States to balance its
mushrooming trade deficit,
Levy said in an interview in
his office at the Empire State
Building, the United States
no doubt will attempt to in-
crease its exports to Europe
as well as other countries.
Israel's role will be more
than a stopping point for
goods to be traded, he added.
According to the free trade
agreements, Israel must pro-
duce at least a third of the
product on behalf of an

American or European com-
pany in order for the product
to be traded through Israel in
the other realm - duty-free.
"And Israel of course has the
infrastructure and profes-
sionals to do it!" he pointed
out.
Levy, who assumed his post
here less than a year ago, said
that he sees his task as
locating American companies
and businessmen and making
them aware of the new
possibilities for investment in
Israel in view of the free trade
agreements.
"Our economic mission's
goal ,is not to interfere in
business ventures, but rather
encourage them, to coor-
dinate between the various
bodies involved, to give advice
and escort the investor in all
the stages of the venture, un-
til the mission is satisfactori-
ly completed," Levy said.
A lawyer and businessman
himself, Levy recommended
that American businessman
turn to the economic mission
here as the "one single ad-
dress" for all the aspects of in-
vesting in Israel. He said the
economic mission encom-
passes the activities of
Israel's investment authority,
finance and tourism
ministries, and trade and
supply missions in the United
States.
Levy said he is aware of
complaints that bureaucratic
red tape deters many
Americans from investing in
Israel. However, he contend-
ed, "Recently, there has been
a lot of improvement:'

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