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April 12, 1996 - Image 68

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You are cordially invited to meet and hear

HAMETZ page 67

Author, Teacher and Master Storyteller

RABBI JACK RIEMER

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of being ridiculed on the weekly
show.
Meanwhile, the producers
soon hope to be raking in money
from the sale of dolls, T-shirts
and coffee cups bearing the like-
ness of "Hartzufim" puppets.
The talking picture box, how-
ever, is not to the only place
where Israel's satire is thriving.
Rabbi Yosef might do well to turn
his anger to the print media, par-
ticularly on the pages of "Davar
Aher." Among the tasteless head-
lines in a pre-Passover issue were
the following:
* The Government has decid-
ed not sell the Hametz of the
State to an Arab this year for fear
that he will distribute it among
the hungry people of Gaza.
* Iran has executed 360,000
girls to satisfy the needs of 5,000
suicide bombers in paradise.
Davar Aher is constantly hav-
ing a go at politicians, with Prime
Minister Peres being one of those
satirized in its post-Passover is-
sue. Alluding to the fact that the
Prime Minister had gone on a
state visit to Qatar at a time that

residents of Kiryat Shmoneh
were still sleeping in air raid shel-
ters for fear of further Hezbollah
rockets, the paper featured a
headline announcing:
`Thanks to improved relations
with the Persian Gulf states, res-
idents of Kiryat Shmoneh —
without leaving their shelters —
can now order groceries by In-
ternet from Qatar supermar-
kets."
Lest anyone accuse them of fa-
voritism, Davar Aher also made
fun of the Likud contender for the
premiership in that same issue.
Implicitly commenting on his
lack of previous administrative
experience, the paper reports: "A
search is being made for a coun-
try even smaller than Israel
where Netanyahu can spend sev-
eral years practicing to be Prime
Minister."
Apparently Messrs. Peres and
Netanyahu are less sensitive
than Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, for nei-
ther have called for a ban on

Davar Alter. ❑

Seven Week Marathon

Can Labor and Likud run a negative campaign in
positive terms?

INA FRIEDMAN ISRAEL CORRESPONDENT

W

ith Israel's two big P's -
the Primaries and
Passover — over, the
country is finally plung-
ing into its unusually short and,
so far, discouragingly dull elec-
tion campaign.
Israel's seven-week election
campaign is up in earnest now
that a few stodgy, posters,
bumper stickers, and newspaper
ads have appeared. In a strange
twist, the parties have chosen slo-
gans that seem more fitting for
their opponents. The Likud,
staunchly opposed to the Oslo Ac-
cords with the Palestinian Au-
thority, is stressing peace.
Meanwhile the ruling Labor gov-
ernment, which has withdrawn
Israeli troops from much of the
West Bank and the Gaza Strip,
and is considering returning the
Golan Heights to Syria, is stress-
ing security.
But for the most part, the cam-
paign — which has long been
touted as the most critical and
forecast to be the dirtiest in Is-
rael's history — has a languid
look to it. And if Labor's strate-
gists have their way, it will re-
main meek and mild to the end.
The only commotion, to date,
has been generated by Prime
Minister Shimon Peres. In a sur-
prise announcement, he declared
that, if elected, he will bring the
final settlement reached with the
Palestinians (like the withdraw-
al from the Golan Heights) to a

Shimon Peres

national referendum. The slain
Yitzhak Rabin promised a spe-
cial vote on the Golan in response
to charges that he had run on one
platform and, once in power, re-
versed himself.
Mr. Peres has no similar "ex-
cuse" for promising a referendum
(never held in Israel) on the West
Bank. On the contrary, Labor
could just as easily set out its
principles for a final settlement
now — and make them the focus
of the election.
To a considerable degree, in
fact, it has already done so,
speaking generally of "separa-
tion" between Israel and the

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