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July 29, 1966 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-07-29

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Israel, Syria Await Security Council Decision on Conflict

(Continued froth Page 1)
The fight was conducted by the
only Arab representative on the
15-man council, Dr. Muhammad
H. El Farra of Jordan, who was
backed by two other members of
the Council—the Soviet Union and
Bulgaria.
Monday's session was the cut.
mination of a series of events on
Israel's northern border, facing
Syria, over the last two months.
In a retaliation against what Is-
rael called "a sudden recrudes-
ence of sabotage and road mill-
ing attacks in Israel border
areas," Israel's air force carried
out a "strictly limited action"
in a brief 15 minute attack on
Syrian tractors and mechanical
equipment opposite Israel's vil-
lage of Almagor."
As a result of that air raid, Syria
asked for a council session on
charges of "aggression." Israel
countered with its own request for
a council session.
The procedural fight by the Jor-
danian member of the council
Monday centered on whether the
Syrian charges and the Israeli
accusations should be debated to-
gether or seriatim, one after the
other.
E1 Farra won that point although
the British and the New Zealand
representatives seemed inclined to
bracket the Israeli complaint with
the Syrian, while the United States
representative implied that the en-
tire debate might be suspended
until the council received detailed
reports regarding the two separate
complaints.
Ambassador Joseph J. Sisco, who
was substituting in the Security
Council Monday as the United
States representative, proposed
that all the issues be discussed to-
gether after reports- are received
from Major General Odd Bull, chief
of staff of the United Nations
Truce Supervision Organization in
Palestine.
However, Sisco did not speci-
fically call for a suspension of the
council session pending the receipt
of the UNTSO reports. At the re-
quest of Ambassador El Farra,
Chief S. 0. Adebo, of Nigeria, this
month's president of the Security
Coun c i 1, ruled that the Syrian
could in the meanwhile address the
council. -
Monday's Security Council
session was the 214th meeting on
an Arab-Israeli dispute held by
the United Nations. It was the
first meeting of the Security
Council on an Arab-Israeli issue
since December 1964 when the
dispute was also between Syria
and Israel.
Ambassador Comay, presenting
Israel's charge against Syria, as-
sured the Security Council
"solemnly" that the Israel govern-
ment "has no wish to engage in
armed clashes or military actions
on the border" and is ready in re-
sponse to a United Nations appeal
to re-establish an unconditional
cease fire on the northern frontier
between Israel and Syria.
Conceding that Israel's air force
attacked Syrian installations on
July 14, Comay told the Security
Council that the action was taken
in response to repeated Syrian at-
tacks and in order "to impress
upon the Syrian authorities the
gravity with which the Israel gov-
ernment views continual Syrian
violence against Israel's popula-
tion and territory."
Comay declared that the July 14
action had taken only 15 minutes,
had been planned to "keep casual-
ties to a minimum" and was "of a
localized and carefully restricted
nature." He stressed that, since
July 14, further efforts to sabotage
Israelis and Israeli property were
made in the Israeli village of Mar-
galiot, near the Lebanese border
where five time-bombs had been
discovered in time for defusing by
the Israelis.
According to the Israeli am-
basador there had been 10 cases
of sabotage, raids and laying
of land mines inside Israel in
the last few months. He reported
also 93 insstances of firing by

Syrian armed forces in the last
few months and a number of
cases in which Syrians, deliber-
ately set fire to crops in Israeli
fields.
"In the course of this constant
harrassment," Comay said, "we
may have suffered 16 casualties,
four of them killed, and extensive
da m age to property, equipment
and installations. This is the tally
for a period of months. In fact,
these months are only the latest
phase, of the border warfare which
has continued for 18 years. Our
patience and self - restraint have
been strained to the utmost.
"I would most solemnly assure
the council that the government of
Israel has no wish to engage in
armed clashes or military actions
on the border. Our people have en-
dured more than enough of blood-
shed and strife. Our overwhelming
desire is to achieve relations of
peace and progress of the region
we share. That goal still eludes us,
and hostility continues to keep our
neighbors apart from us."
Comay went into detail in report-
ing many sabotage raids into
Israel by the El Fatah terrorist
gangs which he said were being
deployed by commanders inside
Syria. He, provided for the Security
Council a map showing . where
these raids had taken place. He
told the 15-man council:
"The border cannot be kept
quiet unless the Syrian govern.
ment accepts that it is in its in-
terests as well as ours to keep
it quiet. There will be no trou-
ble if there is an unconditional
and effective cease fire and a
complete halt to armed raiding
into our territory. Whatever un-
resolved questions there are, can
be dealt with by discussion and
not by dynamite. The real issue
is the basic one of peace or
war."
Comay noted that Major Gen-
eral Odd Bull has already re-
ceived a pledge from Israel to
observe an unconditional cease fire
on the Syrian border if Syria does
likewise. "We are prepared cate-
gorically to enter into peace ne-
gotiations with Syria today. I chal-
lenge the representative of Syria
to tell the Council whether his
government is prepared to do the
same thing now," he said.
(An Israeli woman was seriously
injured Monday afternoon when a
hand grenade placed by Syrian
saboteurs exploded in the store-
room in a settlement near Metulla
near Israel's northern border, the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency corre-
spondent reported from Jerusalem.
The military spokesman reported
that the incident occurred on the
spot where Syrians placed a mine
on the night of July 13, and is be-
lieved that the grenade was placed
there at that time.)
In his address to the council
Tomeh accused Israel of "expan-
sionist moves against the Arab
states." He equated Zionism with
Nazism, said that the Israeli and
the Zionists were racists and call-
ed upon the council to recognize
Israel as a colonialist and aggres-
sive nation.
The representative of Syria
went on to say that Israel's
"shameful aggression was pre-
meditated." QQuoting the Israeli
letter to the president of the
Security Council, dated July 14
to the effect that Israel had
ordered its planes to take action,
he declared that "the artificiality
of the Israeli counter-complaint
in this case was apparent."
Israel's policy of retaliation, he
continued, disregarded the general
armistice agreement, which pro-
vided that no military or parlia-
mentary forces of either party
should commit hostile acts against
the other party. Syria, he stated,
was not responsible for "the rise
of Palestinian Arab organizations
striving to liberate their conquered
and occupied territory."
The representative of Syria went
on to say that the recent attack
was a "link in a chain of attacks
committed by Israeli regular forces
on neighboring Arab countries

during the past year." He cited re-
cent "warlike statements" by the
Israeli army chief of staff and the
minister of labor, which, he said,
contained "definite threats against
Syria." He said that his country
could "no more remain passive"
before future aggressions, "no
matter what the costs." It was up
to the council to prevent the
"alarming dimensions" which the
situation would asume if it re-
mained unchecked.

Dr. Nikolai T. Fedorenko, the
USSR ambassador, charged that
Israel is preparing an army of
250,000 men for war against
Syria and said that Israel had
"agreed with the United States
to carry out provocative raids
against Syria."

He said a military representa-
tive of the United States was in
Tel Aviv "precisely when Israel
undertook its provocative raids
against Syria." The Soviet am-
bassador said that his government
"cannot be indifferent to provoca-
tive efforts in an area not so far
from our borders."

Doubt was expressed in United
Nations circles as to whether
Syria could get the nine votes
needed for the adoption by the
Security Council of an anti-Israel
resolution; however it was con-
sidered as possible that a resolu-
tion will be adopted calling on
Israel and Syria to restrain them-
selves.

Gen. Bull told an Israeli Fore-
ign Ministry official that the
Syrian government asserts it is in-
terested in obtaining quiet on the
tense Syrian-Israeli border. Prior
to his talk with Joseph Tekoah,
deputy director general of the
foreign ministry, Gen. Bull met in
Damascus with the Syrian chief of
staff.

It was reported that Gen. Bull
and Tekoah also discussed the
problem of Israeli land cultivation
along the Syrian border. Syrians
have used such cultivation efforts
as a pretext for opening fire on
Israelis.
Israel indicated that while the
area of cultivation was small, it
did not intend to halt the work be-
cause it did not wish to prejudice
the demarcation line or Israel's
absolute sovereignty over the ter-
ritory.

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
6—Friday, July 29, 1966

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The youth, Erwin Owitz, reported
to officials here that the Egyptians
brought him to the demarcation
line and told him: "You are free,
you can cross now." Israel had
sent an urgent appeal to the United
Nations secretariat in New York
and to the UN Emergency Force
in the Gaza area to act to obtain
the youth's release.
The youth told the officials that
he waited until daylight before
crossing the line, saying he feared
that an accident might happen if
he met an Israeli patrol in the
dark.
He said he had been kidnaped
from his tractor at the village of
Ami Oz, near the Gaza Strip bor-
der, where he had been spraying
vines. He reported that two mask-
ed men carrying machineguns
stopped him and forced him to go
with them to Gaza.

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