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January 20, 1967 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-01-20

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Calm on Israeli-Syrian Border Expected to Be Short-Lived

(Continued from Page 1)
Syrian government is continuing to
threaten warfare against Israel.
In the sixth Israeli complaint to
the council this month, Israel's
permanent representative, Ambas-
sador Michael S. Comay, informed
the council's January president,
Jose Marie Ruda of Argentina,
that Syria's minister of the interior
has continued to beat the war
drums. In his letter, Comay, who
did not ask for a Security Coun-
cil meeting on the latest military
flare-ups along the northern bor-
der, at Adamit and at Kibbutz Tel
Katzir, called attention to a state-
ment made by the Damascus cabi-
net member on Sunday. In that
statement, the Syrian minister of
the interior declared:
"Syria has altered its strategy
against Israel, and has moved over
from defense to attack. Where
Israel has fired a bullet, we have
replied with artillery shells and
'tanks and the guns of our planes.
Through operations carried out in
recent days by the Syrian army,
we will teach Israel a lesson she
will not forget. We will continue to
carry on operations until she has
been eliminated."

Israel would not tolerate further
Syrian aggression.
In Washington, Minister Ephraim
Evron called on Acting Assistant
Secretary of State William Hand-
ley and expressed Israel's concern
over the continuing pattern of Arab
attacks. He voiced hope that the
United States and all other govern-
ments would use all possible in-
fluence with Syria to bring about
In London, the Daily Express a cessation of provocations.
Earlier in Washington, a delega-
reported Tuesday from Beirut
that Syrian troops are "at battle tion representing the Conference
alert" along the entire 47-mile of Presidents of Major Jewish Or-
border facing Israel. Syrian ganizations was received by Under-
tanks and big guns, the report secretary of State Nicholas de B.
stated, "stand ready to meet an Katzenbach who, a delegation
attack expected at any moment." spokesman reported, indicated a
The London Daily Telegraph re- "sympathetic understanding" of the
ported from Beirut that both the problem imposed on Israel by Syr-
United States and the Soviet Un- ian provocations.

Thant's description of the recent
clashes as due to "seasonal" de-
velopments, he charged that Israel
was "deliberately obstructing" the
work of the UN Truce Supervision
Organization, the parent body of
the four Mixed Armistice Commis-
sion dealing with disputes between
Israel on the one hand and Syria,
Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon on the
other hand.

ion had appealed to Syria and to
Israel to observe restraint and
to try to avert—a major clash
along the Syrian-Israeli border.

fixed agenda and with no vote
taking. He said it should deal with
land rights along the border and
would thus be, according to ob-
servers here, a sort of direct
Israel-Syrian negotiation within
United Nations framewOrk.
As one example of - Syrian-in-
spired terrorism, Eban cited
the "ugly and brutal aggression of
Dishon" near the Lebanese border,
in which an Israeli spectator at a
soccer game last Saturday was
killed in the explosion of a land
mine and two Israeli soccer players
were injured.

Eban Says Israel Is Ready
To Talk With Syria
On Border Conditions

Minister Abba Eban warned that
"Israel will not tolerate Syrian ag-
gression" and appealed to world
public opiniOn to express itself fit-
tingly in the wake of the current
wave of Syrian terror, minings and
Eban, who spoke at a press con-
While both Israel and Syria
ference in his office, expressed Is-
have agreed to Secretary-General
rael's readiness to negotiate with
U Tb.ant's call for a special meet-
Syria over the rights to arable lands
ing of the Syrian-Israeli Mixed
in the demilitarized zones in a spe-
Armistice Commission, to deal
cial extraordinary meeting of the
with what Thant had termed the
Israel-Syrian Mixed Armistice com-
danger of the eruption of "a
mission which has not met for the
large-scale clash of military
past 12 years.' Eban promised
The New York Times stated Israel's participation in such a
forces," Middle East observers
here voiced doubt Tuesday that
MAC meeting in spite of the fact
"Israel Reaches a Limit," that that he said it was his - firm be-
Syria was genuinely ready to
the Soviet Union "and other lief that the current tension and
undertake the kind of negotia-
regular backers of the Arab bloodshed along Israel's borders
tions upon which Israel insisted.
Israel had made it clear. both cause in and out of the United were not connected with any quar-
here and in Jerusalem. that it will Nations" should heed the warn- rels over the demilitarized zones
maintain its 12-year-old contention ing issued by Eban to the effect as United Nations Secretary-Gen-
that the Mixed Armistice Commis- that Israel has "reached a limit" eral U Thant had intimated. The
sion can not deal with the situation in its reactions to Syrian aggres- foreign minister said that such an
extraordinary MAC meeting would
in the demilitarized zone between sions.
"Israel cannot tolerate forever , " be
Israel and Syria in such a way as
I convened, however, only with a
to infringe upon Israel's sovereign- the Tithes editorial declared, "a
ty. Israel's Foreign Minister Abba situation in which the Soviet veto
Eban made it clear in a statement makes Security Council actions
in Jerusalem that the extraordi- one-sided and in which the UN
nary MAC session called for by initiatives seem usually to come
Thant must deal with a fixed after Syrian aggression but in time
NEW YORK (JTA)—A record
agenda and avoid voting. Thus, it to prevent Israeli retaliation. Nor
was pointed out here, Israel's posi- can Israel be expected to serve as goal of $115,000,000 for the 1967
tion is that the special MAC ses- a handy practice target for a campaign for the sale of Israel
sion must amount-to direct Israeli- shaky regime in Damascus, to Bonds was adopted here Sunday
Syrian negotiations.
draw off attention from its failures at the concluding session of the
Comay returned Monday and at home and to boost its prestige three-day national planning con-
ference of the Israel Bond Orga-
plunged immediately into the new with Arab militants."
nization at the Waldorf-Astoria
Syrian disputes.
In his urgent appeal last Sunday Hotel. The conference was attend-
Comay conferred for 45 minutes Secretary-General Thant said he
with Thant Monday night, then held considered the situation so urgent ed by 350 Jewish leaders from the
a press conference which was at- that he had taken the "unusual United States and Canada.
The conference took this action
tended by more than 100 news cor- step" of informing the Security
respondents from all over the Council members individually of after Finance Minister of Israel
, world.
his action. The secretary-general Pinhas Sapir, who came to the
At his conference with Thant. acted on receipt of reports of a United States to emphasize his
Comay reported, he had assured build-up of heavy arms, armor and country's reliance on Israel Bonds
the secretary-general of his govern- troops on both sides of the line. He to meet its development needs,
ment's readiness to accept the pro- said that "it is clear that the situa- urged greater effort to meet a
posal for a special MAC meeting. tion threatens to erupt at any mo- 29 per cent increase in Israel's
He said he had made clear Israel's ment into a large-scale clash of development budget for the coming
understanding that the MAC ses- military forces in overt violation of year. The $115,000,000 target rep-
sion would be confined to "practi- Security Council resolutions and of resents a corresponding increase
cal arrangements" concerning the Israel-Syria general armistice over the $91,000,000 which was sold
during the worldwide campaign
rights to cultivate farm lands in the a gr eement."
for Israel Bonds last year
demilitarized zones along the Is-
But even as the secretary-gen-
raeli-Syrian frontiers.
Stressing Israel's greater need
Reiterating Israel's contention
for economic assistance to speed
that the MAC "lacks authority"
the readjustment of its economy,
to deal with the question of land lence were being reported from Sapir said: "We hope that
cultivation in the demilitarized
American Jewry will give us the
zones, Ambassador Comay told romi, acting head of the Israel dele- tools to readjust our economy
the world press he hoped the pro-
so that we may produce more
posed MAC meeting would not month to the president of the Secur_ goods for export and resume our
prejudice Israel's general atti-
new weekend outrages: the mine- rapid strides toward economic
tude regarding sovereignty in the
incident at Dishon, which re- independence."
demilitarized zones.
Asserting that the government of
in the death of a soccer
Comay, noting the Syrian Gov-
spectator, and a series of .Israel has applied "vitally neces-
ernment's belligerence toward Is- game
shootings on Lake Tiberias. Bar- sary restraints" on the economy
rael, said he pointed out to Thant romi
met with the president of the in order to narrow the gap in its
that Syria had been responsible for Security
Council, Jose Maria Ruda, balance of payments, Sapir said:
seven sabotage incursions into of Argentina,
at the Argentine Em=, "Our objectives, both immediate
Israel since Dec. 28. He had taken bassy last night.
and long-range, are to place great-
issue with Thant over the latter's
emphasis on industrial produc-
characterization of the recent Sy-
and exports; to pump more
rian-Israeli border clashes as "sea- Bull, head of the UN Truce Super- tion
vision Organization, called at the investments into development
sonal" eruptions.
to reduce production costs
Syria's permanent representative Israeli Foreign Ministry to deliver areas;
create more productive
here, Ambassador George J. Tomeh,
also met with Thant and also fol-
Israel is seeking to achieve these
Later, Foreign Minister Abba S.
lowed through with a- press con-
ference in which he accused Israel Eban summoned a press confer- objectives, he declared, through
again of "aggressive intentions." ence to affirm Israel's readiness to more intensive efforts to attract
While he, too, disagreed with meet the Syrians and to warn that investments from abroad and by
using the budget as an instrument
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS for development. "The success of
18 Friday, January 20, 1967

Here, Ambassador Arthur J.
Goldberg, chief American delegate,
issued a statement Monday declar-
ing that Washington is concerned
over "the apparent recurrence of
terrorist activities in the Middle
East and the increase of tensions
in the area." He said the United
States would "welcome any effort
which may lead to the alleviation
of this tension" and noted that the
U.S.A. has "consistently endorsed
the use of UN machinery to main-
tain peace in that area—and con-
tinues to do so."

Police had a difficult time con-
taining angered crowds who
came to Dishon to participate in
the funeral of Joseph Cohen the
member of the settlement who
was killed. Cohen was on leave
from the Israel Paratroop Corps.

Eban explained that although Is-
rael holds Lebanon responsible for
the Dishon mining — MAC regula-
tions place responsibility on the
government from whose' territory
infiltrators and aggressors come —
it realizes that the greatest respon-
sibility rests with Damascus.
In Washington, Minister Ephraim
Evron of the Israel Embassy called
on Acting Assistant Secretary of
State William Handley and ex-
pressed the concern of the Israel
government over the continuing
pattern of Arab attacks. He also
voiced hope that the United States
and other governments would use
all possible influence with Syria to
bring about a cessation of provoca-
Rabbi Joachim Prinz, chairman
of the Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish Organiza-
tions, headed a delegation which
conferred for 45 minutes at the
State Department with Undersec-
retary of State Nicholas de B. Kat-
zenbach had shown a "sympathetic
understanding" of Israel's situa-
tion. Rabbi Prinz said it came away
with the impression that Katzen-

$115,000,000 Goal for Bond Campaign
Adopted at National Planning Parley

our economic policies which we
have adopted," the Israel Finance
Minister said, "will enable us to
cross the last frontier to reach the
high ground of economic stability
and productive strength." He pre-
dicted that Israel's annual trade
deficit would be reduced to the
$200,000,000 level in 1971.
U.S. Secretary of Interior Stew-
art L. Udall, addressing the con-
ference, said peace and stability
in the troubled Middle East could
be greatly advanced if Israel's
neighbors would follow its "won-
derful example" of land reclama-
tion and development.

bath shared "our concern." He de-
picted Mr. Katzenbach as "very
receptive." The rabbi said: "He
assured us that the United States_
government would consider
seriously what we presented."

Deputy Defense Minister Zvi
Dinstein declared Monday night
that the Syrians were making a
"gross mistake if they think they
can continue their aggression
without a concrete Israeli reply."
He issued the warning during the
current Syrian-Israel border ten-
sion in a speech which was viewed

with particular interest. The de-
fense official is known as a man
who makes few public statements Il
and then usually on the most con-
crete items.
Foreign Affairs Committee

Member Says Israel

Has Right of Self-Defense
Leonard Farbstein, a member of
the House Foreign Affairs Commit-
tee, stated in Congress that "Israel
has a basic sovereign right to de-
fend herself aginst Syrian terror-
ism and aggression." The New
York Democrat said that "Israel
has a natural and inherent right to
fight back aginst aggression, the
same as the United States or any
other law-abiding nation."
Rep. Farbstein added that "Syr-
ia's disregard of the representa-
tions by the secretary-general of
the United Nations makes evident
that Israel has a right to protect
New Sabotage Incidents

Reported Along Borders

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Syria's all-
out sabotage offensive aginst Israel
continued unabated with the . min-
ing of a water conduit under a road
leading to the Israeli village of Vid-
mit near the Lebanese border in
western Galilee.
Later there Mark VII anti-vehicle
mines were discovered in a field in
Tel Katzir near the Syrian border.
The field had been cultivated daily
in recent weeks and the mines
must have been planted Sunday
night by Syrians from the nearby
Tawfiq position.

Saudi Arabian Gunboat
Repulsed in Attack on
Israeli Fishing Vessel

EILAT, Israel (JTA) — The first
incident in recent years between
Israel and Saudi Arabia occurred
Sunday night when a Saudi gunboat
in the Red Sea attempted to board
an Israeli fishing vessel bound for
this port at a point 26 miles from
As the gunpoint approached the
Israeli ship, "Lamerhav," one of
the Saudi sailors fired rifle shots
at the fishing vessel but no one on
board was hit. The Saudi gunboat
fled, however, when the skipper of
the Israeli boat fired two pistol
shots at it-, one of the bullets pe,ne-
Udall called Israel's achieve- trating a glass window on the gun-
ments "very remarkable," add- boat's bridge.
ing that it was a "tribute to the
An Israeli patrol boat was dis-
people and the leaders of Israel" patched to aid the fishing craft but
that they suceeded in "creating the latter was already nearing
a living and life-supporting en- Eilat and both boats entered the
vironment, even in a hostile port during the night. The crew
climate." He lauded the Israel members of the Israeli fishing boat
Bond Organization for its role in are all Ethiopians except for the
financing the developing pro- skipper and the engineer, who are
gram in Israel.
Israel's ambassador to Washing- Iraqi Military Delegation
ton, Avraham Harman, told the Invited For Three-Week
conference that American and Ca- Visit To United States
nadian Jewry have been a great
and invaluable asset in the estab- Iraqi military delegation has been
lishment and development of Is- invited to the United States for a
rael, and expressed the hope that three-week visit to tour military in-
in the coming year they will en- stallations and possibly discuss ac-
large their financial support quisition of U.S. arms. The Iraqi
through the 1967 Israel Bond cam- delegation will be headed by Maj.
paign. Abraham Feinberg, presi- Gen. Hassan Sabri Mohammed Ali,
dent of the Israel Bond Organiza- assistant army chief-of-staff, who
tion, and Louis H. Boyar of Los left Baghdad for Washington Mon-
Angeles, chairman of the board of day accompanied by a delegation of
governors of Israel Bonds, ex- high-ranking Iraqi officers.
The visit will be "official." The
pressed confidence in Israel's
group includes the commanding,
economic future.
officers of the Iraqi military aca-
demy, the presidential group and
Combatted Missions
Adolph Benjamin, a Lithuanian- two field divisions. U.S. sources
born rabbi who emigrated to New said it was hoped that Iraq might
York's East Side in the 19th Cen- develop a closer relationship with
tury, achieved widespread fame for the United States in the military
devoting his lifework to removal area to balance its present almost
of Jewish children from the influ- total dependence on the Soviet
ence of Christian missionaries.

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