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August 18, 1995 - Image 122

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-08-18

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alas, by many others) comes
Sources close to Mr. Levy said
down to.
the new party would support the
Rabbi Riskin is fond of calling evolving peace agreement with
attention to the vacuity of Israel's the Palestinians, with the condi-
secular culture, and he's not en- tion that no Israeli settlements
tirely wrong in so doing, even are dismantled and that the se-
though his exaggerations are (at curity of Jewish settlers is en-
best) unbecoming. The alterna- sured.
tive he proposes is not vacuous;
Senior Likud sources said the
it is ominous. For when he says, driving force behind Mr. Levy's
as he does in the August issue of decision to form a new party was
Moment, that the 1947 United to thwart Mr. Netanyahu's bid
Nations decision in favor of an in- for the premiership.
dependent Jewish state is es-
sentially irrelevant, that the
Jewish claim to Israel came from
"our Bible and history," he treads
on exceedingly dangerous
ground. In the context of inter-
national affairs, that is an ex- Jerusalem (JTA) —Jellyfish, the
tremist's claim; if the issue bane of Israeli bathers, may yet
between Israel and its neighbors become a national moneymaker.
An Israeli institute has pro-
comes down to one people's bible
netting large quantities of
against another's, then the end
is inevitably about which people the jellyfish that infested Israel's
has the power to enforce its bible. coastline this summer, preserv-
Rabbi Riskin says, and means, ing them in brine and exporting
that Israel's destiny is not to be them to Japan and other Far
a nation like all other nations, a East countries, where they are
"normal" nation, but to be a light considered a delicacy.
The idea was first proposed by
unto the nations, a "holy" nation.
The tension between normalcy Bella Galil of the Oceanograph-
and holiness is a healthy tension, ic and Limnological Research In-
but whatever we may mean by stitute. She told Israel Radio that
"holiness," it is entirely an inter- the effort could develop into a lu-
nal affair; it is not to be dragged crative export industry.
"In the 1990s, the world har-
into our relations with others. To
drag it in, to act on the conviction vest of jellyfish was over a quar- K
that we are holier than they, ter of a million metric tons," she
means to will for a Bosnian de- said. "Japan consumed 50 mil-
nouement. And, in any case, it is lion tons of processed jellyfish a
not holding on to Hebron — or year."
The jellyfish draw a high re-
Efrat — that will make us holy.
Holiness is, among other things, tail price in such countries as
about peacemaking; it is not, not Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand,
Ms. Galil said.
ever, about acreage. 0
The idea has already gotten off
the ground with a preliminary
Samples of some processed jel-
lyfish sent to a Japanese firm
were favorably received, Ms.
Galil said, adding that plans are
under way to begin exporting the
product on a commercial level
next summer.
Jerusalem (JTA) — Former For-
eign Minister David Levy com-
pleted his split from the Likud
Party by announcing that he will
form a new political party in De-
cember and will run for prime Washington (JTA) — Morton
minister in Israel's 1996 elections. Klein, president of the Zionist Or-
Mr. Levy's announcement, ganization of America, may chal-
made on Israel Television, comes lenge Rep. Jon Fox, R-Pa., in next
after years of feuding with Likud year's Republican primary.
Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu.
Mr. Klein said he has been
The conflict reached a climax asked to run in the primary by a
earlier this year, when Mr. Le
handful of Republican activists
bolted from Likud, charging that in his congressional district in
its mechanism for holding inter- suburban Philadelphia. He re-
nal party elections deprived his fused to identify the individuals.
followers of their fair share of rep-
Mr. Fox, a first-term con-
resentation within the party.
gressman, is the only Jewish
Many who support Mr. Levy, member of the House freshman
a Moroccan-born immigrant, are class.
from Israel's Sephardi popula-
The 47-year-old Mr. Klein was
elected president of the ZOA last
Mr. Levy said his new, as-yet- year. Since then, the former bio-
unnamed party would be cen- statistician and economist has
trist, drawing support from led the charge on Capitol Hill to
members of the Likud, Labor and cut off funds to the Palestine Lib-
Meretz parties.
eration Organization.

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