Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
-THI LfTHMIDOl HIMALO Costly war responsible Economic austerity period for Israel New York Time. Service JERUSALEM In.the wake of the costliest war in Israel's the country Is bracing itself for a prolonged period of severe economic austerity. Vast defense manpower shortages and increased inflation as a result of accelerated government spending are in Israel's im- mediate economic in the opinion of specialists here. For the average the war marks the end of the economic boom that prevailed here since the six-day war in 1967. It was a free-spending period in which Israelis made more money and spent it as fast as they made it on television sets and travel abroad. FAT YEARS All that seems likely to come to end now. had our DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED IN LETHBRIDGE six fat Ephraim an economic adviser in the ministry of we are likely to have a few lean With most of the reserve army still mobilized and renewed fighting still a the actual cost of the war is impossible to es- timate accurately. As a ten- tative round govern- ment specialists are speaking of about 30 billion Israeli or roughly billion. Whether the final figure .ul- timately proves to be a little more or it is an awesome amount of money for Israel. This is a country where the en- tire national budget for 1973 is less than billion and the gross national product for the year is estimated at slightly more than billion. Beyond the actual military there is the loss to the economy as a result of reduced production during'the war. Dovrat estimates the loss at about two billion Israeli pounds or about million. In Dovrat said that hundreds of millions of pounds of damage had caused to Israeli civilian and military installations on the Golan Heights. FUND DRIVE To offset these at least Israel has launched massive fund-raising drives in Europe and the United States. Although final figures are again difficult to Israel expects to raise about billion over the next year from both the sale of Israel bonds and the fund-raising ac- tivities of the United Jewish appeal. Between 70 and 80 per cent of this money has been pledged from the United Dovrat said. In President Nixon has asked Congress for billion in emergency aid for Israel. Dovrat said it was still not bow much of that money would be in the form of arms credits and bow much would constitute a grant. .At the government has increased the already high tax rate with a compulsory of 7 to 12 per cent of taxable income on In- dividual taxpayers and cor- porations. This scheme amounts to a compulsory purchase of government bonds which are repaid years later at relatively modest interest rates. Since inflation is ram- pant in Israel 20 per cent last year the money is usually worth far interest the government the taxpayer's loan. In addition to the com- pulsory the government has called on all Israelis who can to commit themselves to additional voluntary war' loans. Yitzhak the former ambassador to the United has been placed in charge of the voluntary loan drive and the response so far has been remarkable. A total of million Israeli or about had been raised by Nov. 20. the government hopes to raise some 1990 million from both the compulsory and voluntary loan schemes. Beyond these revenue- raising there will be further Increases in Dovrat said. think the public realizes this and is ready for he said. it won't make it any less painful for the average working 'Archie' gets more scope for drama abilities LOS ANGELES Carroll O'Connor is getting more chances to branch out from his portrayal of blustery Archip Bunker on All in the Family. he that doesn't mean he's calling all the television shots. some ac- tor I'm in a posi- tion where I can say what I want to says the star of the smash TV series. 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Police recovered the complete with its description of the but not before it prompted the attention of passing motorists in the downtown area. Argue to continue fight to abolish death penalty By CHERYL H..WKES OTTAWA A Sas- katchewan senator is confi- dent he can accomplish what Solicitor-General Warren All- mand could not amend the capital punishment bill and abolish the Senator Hazenj Argue says he would like the Senate to a completely honest regarding which establishes for another five years the ban on capital punishment except for killers of police and prison personnel. hanging is not going to take he told the Senate last it should be crystal clear in the legislation that hanging in been He was referring to the fact that has not had a legal hanging since 1962. He said later he would prer. sent his amendment when the bill goes to the Senate legal af- fairs committee following second reading debate. Mr. Allamand tried to get an identical amendment through the Commons justice Common Market summit meet on Mid-East urged BRUSSELS The possibility of an oil shortage may spur greater progress towards wide-ranging unity among Common Market but a lot of doubts remain. Oil was the vital considera- tion in the neutrality adopted by most of the Common Market Countries towards the Arab-Israeli an at- titude which caused an un- precedented rift between the United States and European members of the North Atlan- tic Treaty Organization The Europeans feel they were not advised in advance about the worldwide alert of American forces and about United States efforts to settle the Middle East crisis. All this forms the background to French Presi- dent Pompidou's call for a summit meeting of the nine Common Market countries. The Danish government proposed Friday that the sum- mit be held in Copenhagen next month to debate the Mid- dle East and variety of Common Market matters. The dramatic proof last week that Western Europe's interests-in this case its vital oil conflict sharply with those of the far less dependent on Middle East has Increas- ed the desire of many Common politicians to reach 'an agreement on foreign relations. This would be a giant step towards greater political in- tegration of the market mem- ben. But tbt real desire for solid- arity seems doubtful in the light of the apparent reluc- tance of some market members to help Holland overcome a boycott by Arab oil supplies in retaliation for its alleged pro-Israeli pol- icies. The Belgians are deeply worried over the Arab bapou of since much of their oil supplies come here via a pipeline from Rotter- dam. the Dutch are re- ported to have few illusions about the possibilities of their Common Market partners ral- lying to their support at a time when the Arab-caused oil shortage is forcing a ban on Sunday pleasure driving in Holland. In protracted meetings of Common Market officials in Brussels this week ended rompting a new wave of skepticism about the chances of European solidari- ty in a crisis situation. Sharp talks postponed OTTAWA Secretary Henry Kissinger of the United States and External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp have postponed their tentative meeting here until at least the end of the external affairs department said today. The Middle East war and its aftermath have interrupted preliminary plans for a meeting early this month. Mr. Kissinger is making a swing through the Middle East this week. Mr. Sharp has scheduled a trip to Moscow for the week beginning Nov. A department spokesman said both men agreed to bold the meeting as soon as mutually convenient. They met for the first time since Mr. Kissinger became secretary of state at the United Nations in September. relations Is to be the main topic at their next committee earlier this year and was refused. PASSED NARROWLY The Commons then narrow- ly approved the bill by a vote of. 119-106 Oct 24 and there are few believe Senator much greater chance than Mr. Allmand. 'Any imendBiente approved By the senate wouldv have to receive final--approval from the Commons. that's Senator George solicitor-general from 1968 through 1970 and sponsor of the bill in the said of Senator Argue's plan. knows that goes against the principle of the bill it can't be done. Even a few senators at least want to give it a try. As Senator Argue mused before the Senate on how the amendment would.be received if sent back to the an unidentified senator called try agree. Let's try Sena- tor Argue replied. chal- lenge A less-likely champion ot Senate strength and prerogatives would be hard to find. As a Co-operative Com- monwealth Federation MP from 1945 to He was a chief proponent of Senate abolition. He once argued that other place has been famous mainly for delaying progressive legislation sent to it by this House of In 1962 he crossed the Com- mons floor to join the Liberals only to lose in 1963 and 1965 elections. Now he says he is undaunted by Mr. Allmand's failure to get his amendment through the Commons committee. Senate is a very differ- ent and I know a lot of senators a few very promi- nent ones too are ready to stand behind checked with several authorities and they've assured me I could legally argue the bill is one calling for total abolition with certain ex- Senator John Macdonald says he too is considering a similar amendment. When the Commons was de- bating the he proposed a Senate bill calling for aboli- tion of capital punishment. It was dropped amid the furor occassioned by Mr. Allmand's committee amendment. But whatever happens with the Senate'dis- cussion of the legislation is go- ing to take considerably longer this time than It did in 1967 when the debate lasted just one day before the legisla- tion was approved 40 to 27. Already about IS Liberal senators and six of the 17 Con- servative senators have in- dicated their intention of speaking on the with the list certain to grow longer.