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FACT SHEET

tide that he attended her fu-
neral, and in the year after
she died he would sometimes
place roses on her grave.
There was no mention of the
fact that they were lovers. "I
wrote it in such a way that I
knew he could manipulate the
truth and explain to his wife
and children that there was
no truth to the rumors about
him and Evans," Kaufman
confessed.

Arthur Gelb, who in 1990
retired as the managing edi-
tor of the Times, told me that
the paper knew a lot about
the peccadilloes of powerful
men in the 1960s, but it was
a more innocent time "when
a lot of sexual gossip was
floating around that didn't
make it into the paper," said
Gelb. "Should papers have re-
ported that President Ken-
nedy was having sexual liai-
sons? There were reporters
who knew, but it was never
reported. I guess in those

days a person's sexual life was
his own business."
If the paper of record had
published all it knew about
Kahane, a self-righteous, Or-
thodox rabbi who constantly
moralized about personal re-
lationships, then perhaps
both he and the JDL would
have been destroyed. The
Times skittishness, however,
let Kahane dodge what al-
most certainly would have
been a barrage of criticism.
"We could have changed the
history of Israel" had we pub-
licized the affair, Richard Se-
vero says today. "I wonder
how many of his Orthodox
supporters would have con-
tinued to follow him . . . if
they knew the man was a
charlatan?" ❑

Reprinted from The False
Prophet by Robert I. Fried-
man, published by Lawrence
Hill Books.
Copyright Robert I.
Friedman

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el's enemies from within."
By writing the book, Mr.
Friedman feels he was
strengthening the state of
Israel by "exposing
Kahane's support network."
(The book alleges close ties
between leaders of Likud,
including Prime Minister
Shamir and Knesset mem-
ber Geula Cohen, and Rabbi
Kahane.)
As for the episode regard-
ing Rabbi Kahane's affair
with Estelle Donna Evans
(see excerpt), Mr. Friedman

"It was Kahane
who sought to
make sex a
political issue"
when he advocated
legislation in Israel.

says it was "a service to
point out the man's hypoc-
risy.
"It was Kahane who
sought to make sex a politi-
cal issue" when he advo-
cated legislation in Israel
that would have made it il-
legal for Jews and non-Jews
to have sexual relations.
"And here he was, an Or-
thodox rabbi with four kids,
having an affair with a gentile
woman."
No major publishing
house would touch the

Kahane book, which was
published by Lawrence Hill
Books, a small company.
Publishers offered a variety
of reasons for their rejection
of the manuscript, according
to Mr. Friedman, from fear
of libel — and even violence
— to reluctance to an-
tagonize American Jews.
Mr. Friedman says his
book sold 6,200 copies in its
first three months, which he
calls a modest success.
Will Meir Kahane, who
was removed from the
Knesset by an Israeli law
forbidding the incitement of
racism and who is now fac-
ing trial for sedition, re-
emerge as a major force in
Israeli political life?
"Knowing how smart he is
and how much energy he has
and how obsessed he is with
reaching his ambitions, I
won't count him out until he
physically passes from the
scene," noted Mr. Friedman.
Rabbi Kahane, he said,
has already announced his
intention of running for a
Knesset seat in the next
election. "It may be under
the banner of Kach, it may
be under a brand new par-
ty," Mr. Friedman said. "He
said he's going to create a
political platform that he
claims will be totally based
on Halachah, that will be
airtight, and that will make
it very difficult for the high
court of Israel to ban him as
a racist demagogue. So we'll
see." ❑

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