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January 14, 1966 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-01-14

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Washington Eyes Israel's N-Weapon Potential

(Continued from Page 1)
1966, it was said, and measures
sought to inhibit Israeli develop-
ment along these lines.
State Department officials,
meanwhile, said they had no com-
ment nor confirmation of reports
attributed to American officials
that Israel has entered into a se-
cret contract to buy medium-range
ballistic missiles from France. The
department sought to publicly dis-
associate itself from these reports
which some quarters have charged
. were deliberately "leaked" to ob-
scure the developing issue of re-
cently revealed American a r m s ,
supply arrangements with Jordan
and Saudi Arabia.
The deals with Jordan and Saudi
Arabia are beginning to draw
heavy congressional fire. Congres-
sional sources believe that the
State Department is subtly and se-
cretly advancing an Israeli nuclear
arms question as a timely move to
confuse the basic issue expected
to explode as Congress reconvenes.
Members of Congress have charged
that the administration has em-
barked on a new pursuit of Arab
friendship through excessive arms
arrangements that jeopardize
Israel, promote an arms race and
increase Near Eastern tensions.

Rep. Jacob H. Gilbert, New
York Democrat, called for imme-

_ diate reconsideration of the ad-
ministration's decision to send
arms to Jordan and food to
Egypt. In a letter to President
Lyndon B. Johnson, the Con-
gressman said the new decisions
were "inimical to the interests
of Israel and peace." He pointed
out that Egypt would buy Soviet
arms with money saved on food.

According to Rep. Gilbert, "it
certainly does not seem to be pru-
dent to arm Israel's enemies, es-
calate the arms race in the Near
East, and to increase the chance
of war in the area."
A member of the Near Eastern
subcommittee of the House For-
eign Affairs Committee served
notice he will request "full-scale
hearings" on the new American
arms shipments to Arab states un-
less the State Department imme-
diately provides a satisfactory ex-
Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New
York Democrat, stated in a letter
to Secretary of State Dean Rusk
that "the government's actions run
contrary not only to the expressed
policy of the administration but
also to the wishes manifest in
countless resolutions and amend-
ments to the foreign aid acts of
(It was learned that Secretary
Rusk may appear before the full
Foreign Affairs Committee, primar-
ily to testify on Vietnam, but
may then also be asked about the
provision of aid and arms to Arab
Rep. Farbstein said in the letter
to Rusk that he was "utterly mys-
tified by the action of our Govern-
ment in supplying Patton tanks as
well as infantry arms to Jordan. "I
can conceive of no use to which
Jordan would seek to put these
weapons but a war of aggression
against Israel," he stated.
Secretary of Commerce John
T. Connor has been asked by

three prominent United States
Senators for an explanation of
steps taken, if any, to meet the
situation created by the Arab
boycott in connection with the
cancellation of a scheduled Haifa
stop by the American President
Lines' ship "President Roose-

The Senators are Jacob K. Jav-
its, New York Republican, Harri-
son Williams, New Jersey Demo-
crat, and Claiborne Pell, Rhode
Island Democrat. They charged
that the American President Lines
defied the spirit of the anti-boycott
law by surrendering to Egyptian
pressure. The line canceled the
Haifa visit, it said, after Egypt
threatened to bar the ship from
passage through the Suez Canal.
It was also learned that a ques-
tion was raised about the Admin-
istration's recent recommendations
for resumption of aid programs to
Egypt because of the alleged "mod-

eration" of Egyptian policies af-
fecting the United States. The
President Roosevelt incident was
cited in this connection.
Rep. Seymour Halpern, New
York Republican, asked how
Egypt's "arrogant dictation as to
which ports of call American ships
may visit" could be reconciled
with "the official State Depart-
ment announcement that Egypt
has moderated policies affecting
American interests and is entitled
to vast new aid shipment from this
The Republican leadership of
the Senate and House of Rep-
resentatives is considering charg-
ing the Administration with
violation of bipartisan foreign
policy commitments by "exploit-
ing the Congressional recess to
initiate a new Near Eastern
policy of providing arms and aid
to the Arabs and thus gravely
endangering Israel's security and
regional peace prospects," Rep.
Halpern disclosed Tuesday.
Rep. Halpern said he is discus-
sing the matter with Senate Repub-
lican leader Everett Dirksen, House
Republican leader Gerald Ford,
and ranking minority members of
the Congressional foreign affairs
bodies. He said that Republicans
had been neither informed nor con-
sulted on "the pro-Arab steps, en-
dangering Near Eastern peace—
steps which make a mockery of the
concept of bipartisanship in foreign
policy, and totally ignore the ex-
pressed sense of Congress."
"The State Department has failed
to keep faith with the Congress on
the Near Eastern issue, and we
will demand a prompt explanation
of the work by U.S. scientists on
Egyptian missiles, weapons ship-
ments to Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and
Lebanon, and food for Egypt," the
Congressman stated. He indicated
that the Republicans would also
demand provision of arms aid to
Israel to balance the Arab military
build-up, which includes Soviet as
well as American weapons.
Earlier, a State Department
spokesman declined to
state the present United States
policy toward American citizens
working in the Egyptian military

Rep. Halpern, in a speech on
the House floor, announced Mon-
day that he has asked the United
States Attorney General to in-
vestigate possible violations of
Federal law by American scien-
tists employed in Egypt's mili-
tary rocket industry.

The New York Republican told
the House that he has also made a
formal request for a Department
of State investigation and public
report on the matter. He termed
the work by Americans in Egypt
on rockets as "deplorable." He
said that a full disclosure of facts
is necessary "so that we in the Con-
gress may take appropriate legis-
lative action to ensure that these
abuses do not recur."
Rep. Halpern pointed out that
"there is a distinct possibility that
the two Americans named in re-
ports may be former Federal em-
ployes who, in the course of their
work, may be marketing their na-
tion's secrets for private gain in
violation of Federal law." Accord-
ingly, he said, the U.S. Department
of Justice has been asked "to as-
certain if such violations are tak-
ing place."
Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New
York Democrat, a member of the
Near Eastern Subcommittee of the
House Foreign Affairs Committee,
made known Monday that he has
asked Secretary of State Rusk for
a report on the extent of American

military assistance of all kinds to
the Arab states. He made the re-
quest in a letter to the secretary of
In a policy statement on "pro-
liferation of missiles" in the
Middle East, the Department of
State said Tuesday that "the
United States opposes the pro-
liferation of missiles in the Near
East, whether by contributions
to indigenous missile programs
or by direct acquisitions of ma-
terial from abroad."
The Department added that "we
are not aware that any U.S. citizens
capable of making significant con-
tributions to missile research and
development have been or are con-
nected with United Arab Republic
missile development."
The State Department pointed
out that "U.S. scientists and tech-
nicians who have been employed
in sensitive positions in the missile
industry are subject to security re-

strictions on transmission of classi-
field information even after termi-
nation of their employment. Re-
lease of information relating to
missile technology is also subject
to export control regulation by the
Department of State."

Israel Considers
Deporting NY Jew
Posing as Doctor

try of the Interior is considering
the expulsion from Israel of a
young Jew from New York—
whose name is being withheld—
on charges of misrepresenting
himself as a physician and sub-
mitting a false certificate as an
"MD." The man emigrated from
the United States five months ago.
He was convicted of that false-
hood in the court at Nathanya.

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rocket industry but said that the
department was looking into re-
ports of the employment of
Americans in such work.

He was asked to define U.S. pol-
icy toward such activity by Amer-
ican scientists, in connection with
a r e p o r t from Cairo that two
Americans have been working
there secretly for the Egyptian
rocket system, and that the two
have worked in American space
industry before accepting the en-
gagements in Egypt. The Cairo re-
port also said that U.S. Embassy
officials have acknowledged that
they had "heard" of the activities
by the two men for some time,
but declined to say whether the
reports were correct.
The two American rocket ex-
perts were reported to have taken
up further development of the
Egyptian rocket program after the
chief West German scientist in
charge of the program, Prof. Wolf-
gang Pilz, had returned to Ger-
many. The West German rocket
teams had developed three rockets
with estimated ranges • of 180 to
370 miles. Each of the rockets
could hit Israeli targets from bases
in the Sinai.
Robert McCloskey, State Depart-
ment spokesman, said the Depart-
ment had no information on the
situation and could neither con-
firm nor deny the engagement of
Americans in the Egyptian rocket
program. Other U.S. officials said
they knew of no legal barrier that
_would prevent American scientists
who so desired from working for
Egypt. It was pointed out that they
would not be violating United
States laws unless they were for-
mer Federal employes or h a d
worked on Government contracts
and had revealed secret informa-
tion to a foreign employer.

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