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August 21, 1959 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-08-21

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Direct JTA Teletype Wire to The Jewish News

JERUSALEM—Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion is
vacationing in France, it was officially confirmed Wed-
nesday: He left Israel last Friday under such conditions
of secrecy that some of his associates in the Israel Cabinet
did not even knoW of his departure until Sunday.
Correspondents had been informed in advance of
Ben-Gurion's departure, but a strict security ban pre-
vented any disclosure until his arrival at Marseilles was
Ben-Gurion, accompanied by his wife and two aides,
sailed from Haifa aboard the Israeli liner Theodor Herzl.
Reservations were made for an unidentified personage,
and the line and the ship's crew were not aware of the
identity of the personage until the Ben-Gurion party
boarded the liner.
Ben-Gurion, who underwent a physical checkup last
week and was given a clean bill of health, was ordered
to take a complete rest, and his physicians recommended
a sea voyage. As on previous occasions, Ben-Gurion ac-
cepted the advice of Israeli security officers and agreed
to a complete blackout of his movements.
The Ben-Gurion party reached Haifa port by a
curious route on Friday and boarded the liner only a few
moments before its scheduled sailing. As soon as the
party boarded the ship the gangplank was hauled in and
the ship made ready to move out to sea.

Scopus Remains 'Explosive
Issue'llammarskjold 'Warns


JTA UN Correspondent

port of Eilat, feels that the
world peace is "precarious"
because of the Middle East
During a ceremony at this
Gaza headquarters presenting
medals to one of his groups,
Gen. Burns said: "As you know,
the Middle East is one of the
danger spots of the world,
where peace is precarious, and
where a flare-up would have
results that are incalculable.
The United Nations has placed
you here to prevent such a

(JTA) — The Mt. Scopus dis-
pute between Jordan and Israel
is still an explosive issue which
could, at any time, spread into
a major conflagration along the
entire Arab-Israeli front, in the
opinion of Secretary General
Dag Hammarskjold.
In his diplomatic phrasing,
the UN chief conceded that,
around the Mt. Scopus dispute
"there is a whole complex of
questions. We know that such
questions have a habit of
spreading, contagiously, from Jordan Demands Israel
one matter to another, matters
unrelated even geographically." Reopen Road to Scopus
Asked about the question of
Jordan's failure to implement Jordan government reopened
Article VIII of the Israel- another dispute with Israel
Jordan armistice agreement. when it served notice on Major
Hammarskjold replied: "That Gen. Carl C. von Horn, UN
matter is part of that complex." truce chief, that it demanded
Hammarskjold was asked at the reopening by Israel of a
one of his general press con- road through the Israeli en-
ferences whether his team of clave on Mount Scopus used by
personal representatives h a d Arab villagers.
little to do. "But their mandate
The road leads from the Arab
remains, and they will go into village of Issawiya, which is
action again when it is neces- illegally occupied by Jordanian
sary. Mt. Scopus is linked up forces, through the Israeli en-
with neighboring problems, and clave to Jerusalem territory.
some of the operations are not It was closed by the Israeli
working as smoothly as the authorities following a shooting
convoys." He was referring to affray in May, 1958 when gun-
the bi-weekly convoys of sup- fire from the village of Issa-
plies which the Israelis, under wiya caused the death of Col.
a UN supervised agreement George Flint, a Canadian mem-
with Jordan, send to Mt. Scopus ber of the United Nations truce
from Jerusalem.
force, and three Israeli police-
Asked about the Inge Toft men. It was subsequently open-
issue, centering about Israel's ed to the Arabs during the
demand for freedom of ship- hours of daylight.
ping through the Suez Canal,
Gen von Horn will discuss
Hammarskjold replied: "There the Jordanian demand with the
is nothing really to say or to Israeli Foreign Ministry. Israel
add on the Inge Toft story insists that the question of the
road can be discussed only
Another question touching on within the framework of nego-
the Middle East dealt with the tiations for implementation of
fact, announced by the UN Article VIII of the Jordan-
chief in a budget report, that Israel armistice agreement un-
member states were not con- der which Israel is guaranteed
tributing sufficient funds for freedom of access to Mount
the needs of the United Na- Scopus. Jordan has refused to
tions Emergency Force. Asked honor this section of the armis-
whether the lack of money en- tice agreement.
dangered the continued func-
tioning of UNEF, Hammarsk- Jordan Infiltrator
jold said: "It is absolutely ex- Penetrates Into Israel;
cluded that, for the small Killed by Patrol Fire
amount of money involved, the
members of the United Nations armed Arab infiltrator, appar-
would consider wrecking such ently one of a band, was inter-
a most important political op- cepted and killed by an Israeli
patrol on the Jordanian fron-
Lt. Gen. E. L. Burns, com- tier. He was located a half
mander of the United Na- kilometer inside Israeli terri-
tions Emergency Force guard- tory. The patrol opened fire
ing the Gaza Strip border when he failed to respond to
and a strategic sector of the a challenge. The fire was im-
Gulf of Arabia shoreline fac- mediately returned from sev-
ing Israel's water-route to its eral directions.


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Ben-Gurion Vacationing in France;
Left Israel Under Strictest Secrecy

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