INTRODUCTION: In the Israeli Knesset on Wednesday (March 16), Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Yigal Allon made a severe attack on the Soviet Union's current treatment of Jews in Russia.
INTRODUCTION: In the Israeli Knesset on Wednesday (March 16), Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Yigal Allon made a severe attack on the Soviet Union's current treatment of Jews in Russia. In a speech delivered on the last day of the Knesset prior to the forthcoming May elections, he attacked the Soviet mass communications media for what he termed their anti-Israel and anti-Zionist daily fare of propaganda. In the same day's Knesset session, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin expressed concern over remarks passed by President Carter about the question of a Palestinian homeland, and predicted differences of opinion on this between Israel and the United States. And the next day (Thursday, March 17), Professor Yigael Yadin, founder of Israel's Democratic Movement for Change, the latest serious contender for the May elections, spoke about his doubts on the question of a Palestinian homeland adjacent to Israel's borders.
SYNOPSIS: In Israel's Knesset building in Jerusalem this week, a scathing attack on the Soviet Union's policies towards Jewry. Deputy Premier Foreign Minister Yigal Allon, addressing one of the last sessions of the Knesset prior to the May elections, attacked the Soviet's mass media for what he termed their "daily fare" of anti-Israel and anti-Zionist propaganda. He told Knesset members that he judged that what he called the torrent of anti-Jewish incitement in the Soviet communications media brought recall of the Soviet authorities' darkest period of Soviet Jewry, a generation ago. He said the Soviet's current policies lent a new and grave dimension to the problem, such as had not been seen for 25 years.
In the same final session, Knesset members heard Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin express his concern--later underlined by angry Israeli reaction--over reported remarks by President Carter regarding what he saw as the need to provide a homeland for Palestinian refugees. Israeli newspapers had immediately come to the conclusion that the United States President was calling for the creation of a Palestinian state. Prime Minister Rabin told the Knesset that he felt that there had to be a difference of opinion between Israel and President Carter.
Later Professor Yigael Yadin, leader of Israel's latest contender in the May elections, the Democratic Movement for Change, gave his own views on a Palestinian state on Israel's borders.