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December 02, 1966 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-12-02

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Dayan Opposes
Buffer Jordan,
Israel Troops

NEW YORK (JTA) — General
Moshe Dayan, former commander-
in-chief of the Israel Defense
Forces, spoke Sunday night against
the stationing of United Nations
troops as a buffer between Israel
and the Arab states. "We should
aim towards normalization of rela-
tions with neighbors; the buffer of
foreign troops merely creates a
fiction in neighbor-relations, and
,ereby defers the peace," he
id.
Gen. Dayan's statement, made
in an address at the annual din-
ner of the Zionist Organization of
America, is considered particu-
larly significant in the light of the
reported proposal by Washington
for a permanent sealing of the
borders between Israel and Jordan
and between Israel and Syria
through the United Nations. Over
1,000 Zionists and communal lead-
ers attended the dinner in com-
memoration of the 19th anniver-
sary of the United Nations Reso-
lution for the establishment of Is-
rael.
Citing Israel's gains as a result
of the Sinai Campaign of 10 years
ago, Gen. Dayan voiced the con-
viction that had the Gaza Strip
remained under Israeli army con-
trol "there would have been a pos-
sibility at some time to reach an
arrangement with the government
of Jordan whereby the Gaza Strip
would be transferred to her rule.
In such an event, Jordan would
settle the refugees in her terri-
tory, and, by developing the Port
of Gaza, gain an outlet to the
Mediterranean, a prize of suprqrae
importarreettrlief.
Gen. Dayan said that such an
arrangement "would offer three
general advantages: the most
difficult segment of the Arab
refugee problem would be
solved; Egypt would lose the
administrative and military
"bridge- head" she maintains in
Gaza and would retire to her
natural borders — the western
side of the Sinai desert; and the
Jordan government, with her
own outlet to the sea, would en-
sure her independence from Sy-
ria and could consolidate politi-
cal and economic freedom."
Gen Dayan, voicing his opposi-
tion to the stationing of United
Nations forces as a buffer be-
tween Israel and her Arab neigh-
bors, said: "I do not believe that
Scandinavian and Canadian troops
should separate Israel from the
Arab states. We should aim to-
wards normalization of relations
with our neighbors. I prefer the
normalization of even hostile rela-
tions over artificial arrangements.
Arab and Israeli farmers should
plough their lands right up to the
frontier, and get used to living in
neighborly proximity. The troops
• nd government of Egypt must
:concile themselves to the fact
'at Israel is their neighbor on
larid, at sea and in the air, and
her rights to peaceful existence
must be respected."
Jacques Torczyner, ZOA presi-
dent, toastmaster at the dinner,
presented Gen. Dayan with a scroll
as well as with the first Israel
medallian minted on the occasion
of the Tenth Anniversary of the
Sinai Campaign. In behalf of the
ZOA, Torczyner renewed the
pledge on behalf of American Zion-
ists "to stand by Israel and pro-
vide our firmest support to its
just cause."
The medal presented to Gen.
Dayan shows, on its obverse side,
a ship passing through the Straits
of Tiran and a great sun, to sym-
bolize peace and tranquility. In
Hebrew and English, the inscrip-
tion reads: "Sinai Campaign—
Tenth Anniversary," with the
verse "And all her paths are
peace," from Proverbs. On the
reverse, the verse: "A time for
war and a time for peace," from
Ecclesiastes.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, December 2, 1966-9



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Governor Romney

Ambassador Comay

His Excellency

MICHAEL COMAY

Israel Ambassador to The United Nations

Will Present

THE ISRAEL PRIME MINISTER'S MEDAL

To

ABRAHAM BORMAN

AT THE STATE OF ISRAEL BOND DINNER

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13-6:30 P.M.

GRAND BALLROOM, COBO HALL

Special Guest

GOVERNOR GEORGE ROMNEY

Distinguished Participants

LOUIS H. BOYAR

Chairman, Board of Governors

DR. JOSEPH J. SCHWARTZ

Vice President
Israel Bond Organization

RABBI IRWIN GRONER

SAMUEL ROTHBERG

National Campaign Chairman

RABBI JACOB E. SEGAL

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Congregation Adas Shalom

DAVID SAFRAN

MRS. MORRIS L. SCHAVER

Detroit General Chairman

Women's Division Chairman

Dinner Chairman

MAX M. FISHER

General Chairman, United Jewish Appeal

Guest Artist

RICHARD TUCKER

For Reservations
DI 1-5707 -

Convert: $6.50 per person
Dietary Laws Observed

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