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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Thursday, May 19, 1,977

Israeli Labor Party loses

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) --
Menahem Begin's victorious
right-wing Likud bloc extended
a peace offering to the defeat-
ed Labor party yesterday in an
effort to present a unified na-
tion to the Arab world.
There was no immediate word
on whether Labor would accept
the offer to form a coalition
government, which came as
Arabs angrily denounced the
Likud election victory Tuesday
as a threat to Middle East
peace.
ARAB state-controlled radios
branded Begin a "notorious ter-
rorist" with whom negotiations
would be impossible. They said
the election would spell disaster
for President Carter's peace ef-
forts in the Middle East.
Palestinian guerrillas threat-
ened to "escalate violence" in
Israel, the Israeli-occupied Gaza
Strip and the West Bank, over
which the Likud wants to re-
tain Israeli sovereignty.
Sources in Syria said Presi-
dent Hafez Assad would use
the Likud victory to persuade
Saudi officials to finance ad-
ditional Arab armament pro-
grams.

THE CONSERVATIVE victory
also left deep political divisions
in Israel. Yosef Sarid, a top
Labor official, said he doubted
there could be any coalition with
the Likud.
"Such a wagon would quickly
sink in the mud, with so many
people polling at the reins," he
said. But other Laborites, in-
cluding party chief Shimon Pe-
res, were noncommital on Be-
gin's invitation, which carried
a quote from Abraham Lincoln
about "binding up the nation's
wounds."
Election projections showed
the Likud party with 41 seats
in the 12-seat parliament com-
pared with 33 for Labor. It was
the first defeat for Labor, which
has ruled since Israel became
a nation 29 years ago.
OFFICIAL election results,
hand counted and laboriously
rechecked, are not expected for
two weeks. But experts said
the projections, based on results
from 1,900 of 3,879 polling plac-
es, were not expected to vary
from the final totals by more
than one seat.
If Labor decides not to join
a coalition, Likud could join

with the National Religious par-
ty, which was fourth with 12
seats, and other rightist and
religious splinters to forge a
razor-thin majority.
The key group in the coal-
ition-building process appeared
to be Prof. Yigael Yadin's Dem-
ocratic Movement for 'Change,
which won at least 14 seats, an
impressive score for a party
founded just six months ago.
YADIN, whose group could
provide badly needed coalition
backbone for Likud, said he
would join any party espousing
his faction's principles. But one
of the principals is opposition
to any move to annex the West
Bank.
In his victory speech, the 63-
year-old Begin, who suffered a
heart attack one month ago but
says he has recovered, said he
intended to invite Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat, King
Hussein of Jordan and Assad
to meet him either in their cap-
itals or on neutral ground for
negotiations "to sign peace
treaties."
In Geneva, U.S. Secretary of
State Cyrus Vance said he was
adopting a wait-and-see attitude
toward the Likud victory.
VANCE, WHO was in Geneva
for arms limitation talks with
the Soviet Union, said peace
prospects would depend on
"what kind of a coalition is put
together."
In Moscow, the Soviet press
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expressed concern at Likud's
right-wing reputation, but stop-
ped short of predicting an im-
mediate worsening of the Mid-
dle East situation.
Some Likud officials said the
West Bank platform was not as
tough as it seemed. Likud offic-
ial Zalman Shoval said his party
would agree to a referendum on
whether the West Bank should
remain under Israeli occupation
if withdrawal became a real-
istic prospect.
BUT IF LIKUD follows through
on its election platform, it could
mean increased Jewish settle-
ment in the West Bank, in de-
fiance of U.S. objections, and
refusal to discuss withdrawal
- on the other fronts for less than
a full peace treaty.
In the West Bank, Arabs re-
ceived the news of Begin's tri-
umph glumly.
"Begin is a man of war, not
of peace," said Kerim Khalaf,
mayor of the West Bank town
of Ramallah.

KHALAF, an outspoken Pales-
tinian nationalist, urged the
United States "to pressure Be-
gin to evacuate the occupied
territories and give the Pales-
tinian people their rights."
The diplomatic community
here reacted with amazement
at Begin's victory.
"We are as surprised as any-
one," said a U.S. diplomat. But
he added that he felt no mood
of crisis.
"OBVIOUSLY Begin has dif-
ferent views, but there is a
feeling that no one wants the
situation in the Middle East to
deteriorate," the diplomat said.
Under Israeli law, President
Ephraim Katzir must, within
20 days, receive delegates of
all parties for consultations on
what coalition is to be formed.
He must then appoint one of the
parties to form a coalition.
The premier-designate then
has a maximum of 42 days to
forge a ruling alliance.

2 men finally admit
toBiksrobbery

NEW YORK FILMMAKER
STORM. DE HIRSCH
will speak and show her films this evening
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1977
8:00 P.M.-ARCHITECTURE AUD.
-Old A & D building
Storm De Hirsch, poet as well as independent
filmmaker has been creating lyrical films since
the 1960's.

BOSTON (AP) - Twenty-sev-
en years after it happened, two
white-haired crooks returned to
the scene of the crime yester-
day and admitted their role in
the $2.7 million Brink's robbery.
This time, like before, they did
it for the money.
Through their trials and
years in prison, Francis "San-
dy" Richardson and Vincent
Costa kept their mouths shut,
never admitting they'd pulled
off the job. But finally they
stood in a circle of flashing
photographers, scribbling re-
porters and smiling public re-
lations men to say they had
done it.

Warstellini
44 mlleon
m me
ifth
Unil States
116lw to
escape.

Their public confession was a
publicity stunt for a book and
movie about their crime - the
first million-dollar cash robbery
in American history. These two
and three other participants get
a percentage of the book's prof-
its.
Richardson, 70, and Costa, 62,
were among 11 men who robbed
the vault at Brink's headquar-
ters in Boston's North End of
$2.7 million. Of that, $1.2 mil-
lion was cash.
It took the FBI six years to
solve the case, and eventually
nine men went to prison. But
only $57,000 was ever recov-
ered.
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Thursday, May 19, 1977
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