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September 02, 1994 - Image 208

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-09-02

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Israeli Headliners
Of The Year




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his is the time of year when
we present our annual list
of the 10 top new names
which made headlines in
Israel during the past twelve
These are all new names, not
repeating those who made the list
in previous years, or those who
are constantly in the news.
The new stars of the past year,
in alphabetical order:
Jacob Frenkel, governor of the
Bank of Israel, made news more
than once during the year as he
clashed with both the Knesset
and the Ministry of Finance over
financial policies affecting infla-
tion, unemployment, interest
rates, credit and, not least, the
startling drop in the stock mar-
Aviv Gefen, latest pop star, has
capitalized on his strange ap-
pearance, his charismatic appeal
to teen-agers and his call for re-
volt against parents to create a
near-hysterical following among
the young, akin to that which
"worships" pop stars elsewhere.
Some observers have charged
that his nihilism is responsible
for a wave of suicides among the
Dr. Baruch Goldstein, the
Kiryat Arba physician who, ap-
parently overwrought by contin-
ued government concessions to
the Arabs, blindly massacred 29
Muslim worshippers in the He-
bron Cave of Machpela, an act
which triggered offrepercussions
which are still being felt. He was
hailed as a hero by a few ex-
tremists, but condemned by most
Israelis as a madman whose deed
served to injure his cause.
Haim Haberfeld, former Sec-
retary-General of the Histadrut,
who for many years served as a
symbol of the Old Guard which
had for decades constituted the
Labor Party's control of the na-
tional Labor Federation, was de-
feated by Haim Ramon and was
compelled, albeit reluctantly, to
withdraw fro his seat of power.
Professor Amos Komornik was
the strategic head and master
planner of the strike of univer-
sity academicians which for 21/2
months closed down all the coun-
try's universities until the au-
thorities finally yielded and
granted far-reaching salary in-
creases to the faculty members.
Rabbi Uzi Meshullam, de-
manding a thorough investiga-
tion into the disappearance of
many Yemenite children upon
their arrival in Israel more than
40 years ago, rallied his armed
followers into a fortified corn-

pound in the village of Yahud,
and for weeks on end stood off a
police siege, as fears mounted of
a local repetition of the Waco,
Texas, fiasco. He was finally
tricked out on a ruse and arrest-
ed. Next stage: his trial.
Ora Namir, after a career as
member of the Knesset and cur-
rently as Minister of Labor and
Social Welfare. A career marked
more by ambition than by
achievement, she finally attained
headlines this year on the occa-
sion of a highly publicized oper-
ation in Switzerland for removal
of a tumor in her head. The press,
and presumably the public, dis-
played an almost morbid curios-
ity in every stage of the operation
and her recovery.

There names made
headlines in Israel.

Rafi Peled, inspector-general
of the Israel Police, resigned from
his post after the High Court of
Justice decided to reopen an in-
vestigation into his accepting dis-
counts and favors from hotels.
The press featured a picture of
Mr. Peled and his fellow officers
cavorting in a hotel Jacuzzi. He
claimed he had done nothing un-
ethical and that hotels gave dis-
counts to many clients; but the
matter was felt to be at the very
least unaesthetic, and he quit.
Gonen Segev, an unknown
politician who had been elected
to the Knesset on the coattails of
"Raful" Eitan's Tsomet Party, se-
ceded from that party together
with two of his colleagues, formed
an independent party, Yi'ud, and
opened negotiations with Labor
to join Mr. Rabin's shaky gov-
ernment coalition.
Nissim Zvilli, secretary-gen-
eral of the Labor Party, bore
much of the brunt' for what at
times appeared to be internal
bickering and disintegration of
the party, especially as he an-
nounced his views that in the
next half dozen years a Palestin-
ian state would be established,
and Israel would eventually with-
draw from the Golan Heights.
Those are the 1994 new names
of the year. As a memory test,
how many of the names from last
year's list can you identify?
Yossi Beilin, Warren Christo-
pher, Feisal el-Husseini, Elton
John, Rabbi Yisrael lau,
Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Prof. Ita-
mar Rabinovich, Haim Ramon,
Avraham (Beige) Shohat, Yaakov

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