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March 03, 1989 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-03-03

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topic .. .

Israel's Housing Problem

What is keeping a great many of these wandering Jews from
settling in their ancestral homeland is not fear of war, nor the
knowledge that Israel's streets are not paved with gold, but the
well-founded suspicion that Israel's vaunted absorption
machinery is largely a sham . . . While absorption centres are
being closed, according to plan, jobless immigrants are being
asked to choose between impossibly expensive apartments for
purchase and unavailable rental apartments .. .

Editorial, JERUSALEM POST, January 21, 1989

Israeli architects, Technion graduates .. .

Benny Schwarz
Gideon Badt

will discuss .. .

Reducing the cost of Israeli housing by using
American style housing design, materials
and construction methods.

Slides will compare American and Israeli
private housing.

program moderator .. .

James Deutchman

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Kollek Re-Elected, But
Loses Council Control

Jerusalem (JTA) —
Although reelected Monday,
Mayor Teddy Kollek lost con-
trol of the 31-seat Jerusalem
City Council when few Arabs
turned out to support his One
Jerusalem party.
He will be forced to share
control of the City Council
with religious and other par-
ties because of low Arab voter
Turnouts were highest in
neighborhoods, and the
religious parties gained at
Kollek's expense.
In the elections in more
than 100 municipalities, the
conservative Likud party had
won impressive victories.
Political commentators were
beginning to talk of Israel's
"second political revolution."
Likud came out of the poll-
ing booths holding the mayor-
ships of six of Israel's ten
largest cities, breaking the
rival Labor Party's hold on
several city halls for the first
time in the country's 40-year
Neither Knesset Member
David Magen, head of the
Likud's campaign apparatus
for the voting on Tuesday, nor
party secretariat head and
foreign minister Moshe Arens
made any direct effort to corn-
pare the victory to the 1977
sweep, which ended 29 years
of Labor rule in the national
Magen did note that the
results of the election were a
vote of confidence for the
Likud, which called on those
who support the party in na-
tional elections to back its
candidates in the city hall
races. He and Arens said that
voters were giving a message
to their party leader, Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir, to
take to Washington. Shamir,
some observers were beginn-
ing to say, could point to the
vote as a mandate for his par:
ty's firm stand on diplomatic
and security matters.
In the meantime, Labor was
just beginning to assess how
badly it had been wounded.
The party leader, Finance
Minister Shimon Peres, said
"that there were lessons to
learn" from the sweep, but in-
dicated that in some places,
Labor suffered because the
party and its natural allies
(the Citizens Rights Move-
ment and Mapam) had not
put together combined tickets
for the elections.
Perhaps the biggest shock
came in an election the Likud
did not win, in the Labor
stronghold of Haifa. Labor's


two-time incumbent, Arye
Gurel, got almost 60 per cent
of the votes in 1985, in the
port city dubbed "Red Haifa"
because of Labor links. When
the votes were counted Likud
candidate Rami Dotan, a
former army officer, had lost
to the incumbent Laborite by
the thinnest of margins, and
some Likud politicos were
already calling for a recount.
The Likud did better in
Beersheba, the country's
fourth largest city. Yitzhak
(Ijo) Berger, a former presi-
dent of the Israel Bonds
organization, took more than
60 per cent of the vote to
defeat his Labor opponent,
Benz Carmel.
Aviv, independent-
minded, but still Likud can-
didate, Shlomo (Chich) Lahat
won handlily over Labor's
Natan Wolloch.
In both Jerusalem and Tel
Aviv, major gains were scored
by religious parties. One
estimate had 40 per cent of
the votes in the capiral going
to various religious parties,
while the United Religious
Front, comprised of Shas,
Agudat Yisrael and the Na-
tional Religious Party, nearly
doubled their representation
on the Tel Aviv Council.
Another major turnaround
took place in the Arab sector,
where the turnout was much
higher than the 40-odd per
cent among Jewish voters.
The fundamentalist Islamic
Movement cut sharply into
the strength of the Arab Com-
munist Democratic Front for
Peace and Equality in Arab
towns and villages all across
the Galilee, winning control
of city hall in the two large
towns of Umm el-Fahm and
Kafr Kassem.
Among the Arab popula-
tion, only 4 percent of the
eligible voters turned out.
The remainder followed the
orders of intifada leaders to
show their opposition to
Israeli rule by avoiding the

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New York (JTA) — The
Judaic Studies Center, the
first institution of its kind in
the Soviet Union for 60 years,
opened officially in Moscow
last week.
Its founding father, Rabbi
Adin _ Steinsaltz, a world-
famous Talmudic scholar
from Jerusalem, welcomed
the first class of 80 students
enrolled in the three-year
course of study.

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