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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-07-22

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Borders Tense After Air Clash

(Continued from Page 1)
Council in connection with the
air raid by Israel, However, the
Syrians did not ask for any
action by the Security Council on
the matter. In its communication,
the Syrian delegation emphasized
that Syria does not consider
itself responsible for the sabo-
tage activities against Israel by
Arab infiltrators.)
Syrian troop concentrations
were seen by Israeli units build-
ing up all during Saturday night
along the border following the
Israeli air strikes.
, Truckloads of Syrian soldiers
spotted pulling up close to
the Israeli frontier and taking
up positions opposite the Israeli
settlements of Almagor and Tel
Katzir. Intense air activity was
also observed over Syrian air space
during the night when two Syrian
jets flew close to the Israeli border
for several minutes.
While last Friday Israel imme-
diately accepted a plea by Gen
Odd Bull for a cease fire along
the border, Damascus had not yet
responded to the plea.
Observers noted that Israel's
other neighboring Arab states
confined themselves to express-
ing solidarity with the Syrian
government but failed to take
any effective action such as de-
claring a state of emergency or
. reinforcing their border positions
with Israel. This seemed to in-
: dicate, the observers pointed out,
that the neighboring Arab states
realize that the Israeli action
July 14 was only a one-time re-
prisal measure against El Fatah
terrorists and was not a major
operation.

In a radio interview broadcast
by Kol Israel, the Israel radio
network, Eban expressed the hope
that the major powers would use
their influence with the Damas-
cus government to ease the ten-
sion on the border and ensure
peace. He also voiced the hope
that the "state of equilibrium"
achieved by the clashes alon g
border would now be folloWe'd by
"an equilibrium of peace."
The Foreign Minister said that
he was convinced that Israel's
reaction to Syrian sabotage efforts
against Israel had not weakened
the effect of Tunisian President
Habib Bourguiba's renewed peace
plea, which Eban said, he hoped
would eventually be taken up by
other Arab states.
Gen. Rabin said the clash July
14 was the first time that French
made Mirage-3 jets had shot down
Soviet-made MIG-21 jets. He said
the clash lasted two minutes and
was fought at low level by four
Israeli jets. He said the shot-down
'yrian jet was hit by cannon fire
rom an Israeli plane. He ridi-
uled the Syrian report that two
Israeli planes were shot down dur-
ng the fight, emphasizing that all
four jets returned to their bases
in Israel.
The Damascus Radio monitor-
ed here Saturday lodged most
of the blame for the Israeli air
strike on "American imperial-
ism" and called upon all other
Arab states to break their diplo-
matic ties with Washington.
The clash developed when the
Syrian Soviet-built MIGS attacked
the Israeli planes which bombed
and strafed trucks working on a
project to divert Jordan River
headwaters. All Israeli planes re-
turned safely to their base. They
also attacked an anti-aircraft bat-
tery which opened fire on them
during the strafing operation.
Israel said the planes were sent
into action following four saboteur
efforts within the previous 48 hours
by raiders from Syrian bases which
cost the life of an Israeli civilian,
and wounded two soldiers and
one civilian. An Israeli spokesman
said that the air raid was ordered
after a long series of terrorist
operations in Israeli territory,
causing civilian deaths and casual-
ties and destoying farm equipment.
He declared that Israel's air
action was aimed at making it clear
to Syrian authorities the gravity

Israel ascribed to the sabotage
activities and killings, particularly
the four actions in the past 48
hours. The raid was also intended,
he said, to make it clear to the
Syrians that quiet along the border
which Israel seeks must prevail
on both sides.
According to the spokesman, the
air assault was described as
"highly successful." He said that
the planes began to withdraw after
completing their assignment when
the four Syrian jets appeared. The
pilot of the disabled MIG was seen
to parachute down. The other
Syrian jets then withdrew from
contact, the spokesman said. He
added that this was the first Israel
reprisal raid carried out by air.
Prior -to disclosure of the air
raid, Israeli officials reacted with
strong warnings to the United Na-
tions here over the saboteur at-
tacks from Syria. Israel authorities
informed the United Nations Truce
Supervision Organization of the
gravity with which Israel viewed
the "murder and sabotage" and
that it placed full responsibility
for the incidents on Syria.
Yehoshua Levi, 42, of Tiberias,
was killed July 13 when the com-
mand car in which he was riding
with two soldiers hit a mine near
Almagor village, north of the Sea
of Galilee about a half mile from
the Syrian border. The blast hurl-
ed one of the soldiers out of the
car. His uniform caught fire. He
was reported in critical condition
in a Haifa hospital. The other sol-
dier was slightly wounded. Levi,
father of five children, was a Jew-
ish National fund reclamation de-
partment worker for 17 years. He
was killed not far from the spot
where two other JNF workers were
killed in an incident two months
ago.
Later, a tractor working farther
north, near Rosh Pina village, hit
a mine, seriously wounding 15-
year-old Yaron Landesman. He is
a member of the Ayelet Hashahar
kibbutz. Police found tracks lead-
ing to the Syrian border from the
sites of the mines.
Three explosions rocked the vil-
lage of Metullah, Israel's northern-
most point in the upper Galilee
mountains on the Lebanese border
July 12, blowing holes in a build-
ing. There were no casualties.
The marauders came from Le-
banon but were believed to have
been Syrians who entered Lebanon
and then infiltrated Israel to plant
the explosives. In the fourth inci-
dent, saboteurs believed to be
Syrians set off an explosive charge
under a house near Yuval on the
Israeli-Syrian-Lebanese border
causing damage to the house but
no casualties.
Gen. Bull was told by Tekoah
that the saboteurs could not have
crossed the armistice lines into
Israel without the knowledge of
personnel manning the Syrian bor-
der posts lining the frontier.

El Fatah Sabotage Attempt
Quashed in Galilee Settlement

(Direct .JTA Teletype Wire
to The •Jewish News)

TEL AVIV—A new sabotage at-
tempt by members of the El Fatah
terrorist group was foiled Tuesday
night in Margaliot settlement in
the Upper Galilee near the Leban-
ese border.
Watchmen heard an explosion
in the direction of an unusued
chicken coop and found six charges
of explosives, one of them under
a house in which seven people, in-
cluding five children, were sleep-
ing. Security forces dismantled
all the explosives.
Tracks of four persons were
found leading to the Lebanese
border. After a familiar sabotage
incursion last year, Israeli army
troops struck at two nearby Leba-
nese villages near the border in
a reprisal raid.
Also on Wednesday, Syrian guns
fired on an Israeli boat. Again, Is-
rael lodged a complaint with the
UN truce supervision organization.

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Friday, July 22, 1966-7

Security units were called. They
found the tractor abandoned at the
end of the vineyard and tracks of
Erwin and another man near the
tractor, leading to a main road
in the area. The security officials
said it appeared the kidnaper
waited at the edge of the vineyard
and forced the youth off the tractor
at gunpoint.
It appeared the purpose of the
abduction was to give Egyptian
army personnel training in infil-
trating and bringing back prison-
ers and documents from Israel.
The youth's father is chairman of
the village.

graphs for the Syrians. The trial of
the other three defendants, ac-
cused on similar grounds, contin-
ned. Police reported finding am-
munition and grenades in posses-
sion of the four Israeli Arabs.

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tariat in New York and the UN
force in Tel -Aviv Wednesday, to
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