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July 08, 1988 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-07-08

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1988

had been captured in
Lebanon by an extremist
Palestinian group based in
Syria.
She was standing on the
tarmac when the terrorists
began ascending the ramp
above her to board their
plane. They began chanting
anti-Israel slogans and as
they came closer to the plane,
the chant became louder and
harsher.
The singing was accom-
panied by a violent dance un-
til suddenly, they tore open
their jogging-suit jackets,
revealing T-shirts with pic-
tures of Yasser Arafat and
slogans calling for the killing
of all Jews. (Following that in-
cident, the prisoners' hands
have been bound during
exchanges.)
"They were brimming over
with hatred for us," she
recalls. "For the first time, I
stood face to face with people
who hated me, people who
really wanted to kill me, to kill
my daughter. I will always
remember that scene."

Selinger shrugs off ques-
tions about the dangers of
covering a war. "It was no
worse for me than for other
correspondents," she says.
"Boys much younger were ex-
posed to much greater
danger."
The hardest part of her job
was to see young people being
killed in a war which, she
believes, sought to achieve
impossible objectives.
"The worst thing about the
job was seeing death," she
says. "I am very angry about
Lebanon, the unnecessary
death. Seeing up close the
decisions and the decision-
makers (in the cabinet and
the military high command)
and then being out in the field
and seeing the casualties."
With the war behind her,
Selinger enjoys writing pro-
files of military figures and
commentaries on the political
dimension of military issues.
While her experience as an
eyewitness to war and hatred
has made her acutely aware of
Israel's security needs, she
regards the country's occupa-
tion of the West Bank as a
"catastrophe."
"Nothing good can come
from the occupation. These
are people who don't want to
live under our rule. It's a no-
win situation that isn't good
for our soldiers either. We
should return a large section
of the land for peace."
Selinger believes that Israel

faces no immediate threat of
war. It maintains a military
edge over its neighbors and
there is a sense that Israel's
main enemies are either
isolated or preoccupied.
Selinger adds another fac-
tor: the men at the top of the
Israeli military hierarchy are
"moderate."
Do experienced soldiers like
Shomron, who led the daring
rescue of hostages from En-
tebbe in 1976, become "politi-
cians" as they fight their way
to the top of the military
hierarchy?
"Soldiers who were politi-
cians when they were cap-
tains remain politicians when
they are generals. But the
soldiers who were soldiers all
along, remain so even at the
top, though they understand-
ably have more contact with
the Cabinet in their new
positions.
"There are very capable
people at the top. It is a very
good team, many people with
integrity and intelligence. It
is a shame we have to waste
all that talent on the army."
As far as her own personal
goals are concerned, Selinger
has no intention of emulating
her colleague, Ze'ev Shiff, who
has become the doyen of
military correspondents after
more than 20 years of report-
ing. She has paid her dues
and has many options from
which to choose.
Her need to be at the center
of things would be satisfied if
she were, say, diplomatic cor-
respondent or writing a
column.
For all the challenge and
excitement of her "beat," she
has no plans to keep at it
much longer. "I'm a little
tired of running," she says. ❑
Joel Rebibo is a writer who
lives in Israel.

Interest In
Maariv Sold

Tel Aviv (JTA) — British
press lord Robert Maxwell
has bought a one-third in-
terest in Maariv, Israel's
second- largest daily
newspaper.
Maxwell, a Czechoslova-
kian-born Jew, owns the Mir-
ror newspaper group, which
includes the Daily Mirror and
Sunday Mirror of London.
Two years ago, he established
the English-language China
Daily, published both in Beij-
ing and London.
He is reported to have paid
$9 million for a third of the
shares of the Modi'in
Publishing House, which
owns Maariv. Maxwell's
share will give him one
representative on the
newspaper's 10-member
board of directors, but no say
in editorial policy.

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