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February 03, 1967 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-02-03

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Syrian Terrorism Continues
as UN Body Holds Peace Talks

(Continued from Page 1)
marauder who was apparently
killed while planting mines near
Dishon. They said that refusal
could be another indication of Syr-
ian rejection of responsibility for
Arab terrorist group activity.
After the Syrians declined to ac-
cept the body, plans were made
to inter it in a Moslem cemetery
in Israel.
In the South of Israel, in the
Beth Jubrin area, near Jordan. an-
other landmine apparently laid by
Arab infiltrators, was-found by the
Israelis Sunday and dismantled
without harm. Israel filed a com-
plaint with the Israeli-Jordanian
Mixed Armistice Commission. The
mine is believed to have been
placed at the spot several days
ago but showed up Sunday because
recent heavy rains had eroded
some of the earth in which the
explosive had been planted.
•* * *
MAHANAYIM, Israel (JTA) —
The Israel-Syrian Mixed Armistice
Commission held its second ses-
sion Sunday in response to United
N a t i o n s Secretary-General U
Thant's appeal to settle differ-
ences threatening large-scale war-
fare between the two countries.
The meeting was held at this kib-
butz on the Israel side of the
frontier, in northern Galilee.
Lt. Gen. Odd Bull, chief of staff
of the UN Truce Supervision Or-
ganization, who was chairman of
the session, adjourned the meeting
when he learned that the Syrians
had failed to bring specific pro-
posals with them and did not
care to reply to proposals put
forward by the Israel delegation
at the first session Jan. 25. Gen
Bull called another meeting
Thursday on the Syrian side of
the Bnot Yaacov bridge and urged
the! Syrians to bring practical pro-
posals with them at that time.
At the start of the session, Gen.
Bull deplored the laying of a
mine inside Israel territory near
the Syrian border, which was dis-
covered on Friday. He blamed the
Syrians for the incident by im-
plication only, but he did not
state specifically that the act was
an infringement of the undertak-
ing by both sides to keep the
peace,. agreed upon at the last
session and issued as a United
Nations communique.
Several times during the meet-
ing, Gen. Bull interrupted the
senior Syrian delegate who had
launched a long harangue disput-
ing Israel's right to be present in
the demilitarized zones in their
own territory near the border.
The UNTSO chief of staff asked
the Syrian not to raise matters
not on the agenda.
The meeting had opened under a
heavy cloud of pessimism brought
about by last week's new mine-
laying incident, and the state-
ment in Damascus by the Syrian
Minister of Information, calling
on the United Nations to force
Israel out of the demilitarized
zones _ in her own territory. -
Israel had decided to attend
the meeting in spite of serious
reservations that her attendance
might be interpreted as accepting
the Syrian thesis that Damascus
should not halt terrorist infiltra-
tion into Israel while the talks
were under way. Israeli circles
felt, however, that Israel might
have to accept responsibility for
breaking up the talks if she failed
to attend. The Israeli view of
the situation with regard to the
ISMAC sessions is that, unless
the Syrians come up with prac-
tical proposals, the meetings will
be discontinued, since it will be
shown that the Syrians are not
interested in any reduction of
tensions along the border.
Sunday's meeting opened here
at 10:30 a.m. A number of tents
had been erected to house the
Israeli and Syrian delegations as
well as the UN truce observers
and technical staff. The meeting

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

states, the State Department de-
clared in an official summary of
the American position regarding
compound had been surrounded Israeli-Arab conflicts.
by barbed wire, and special secur-
While Washington "does not
ity precautions had been taken believe" that, at present, "there
by the Israel army and police. is a reasonable prospect of a con-
All traffic in the vicinity of the structive outcome" of such negotia-
compound had been halted for one ' tions, it is doing all it can to
hour before the start of the meet- "achieve increasing observance of
ing, to ensure the safety of the the international rule of law" be-
Syrian delegation.
tween the Arab states and Israel,
Gen. Bull conferred with Syrian the State Department said.
The U.S. policy concerning
leaders in Damascus Wednesday
apparently in a last-minute effort Arab-Israel relations was spelled
to save the Israeli-Syrian talks out in a lengthy letter from Assist-
ant Secretary of State Dixon Don-
slated for Thursday.
Israel had made it clear that nelly to Moses Socahevsky, presi-
the talks must be confined to land dent of the Jewish Nazi Victims
cultivation and cultivation rights Organization of America. Don-
in the demilitarized zones on the nelly's letter was an official reply
to one sent by Socahevsky earlier
Israel-Syria frontier.
to President Johnson.
* *
The high State Department of-
LONDON (JTA) — The Syrian
radio denied in broadcasts on Jan. ficial emphasized Washington's
26 an official UN report stating concern with the arms race in the
it had agreed with Israel Jan. 25 Near East, and the U.S. govern-
to "respect and observe the cease .ment's opposition to the Arab boy-
fire" between the two countries. cott against Israel.
As for the Arab boycott,
Radio Damascus said it does
not recognize the UN spokesman's Donnelly stated, it is "another
statement or the communique is- source of area instability." The
sued after the ISMAC session by United States, he declared, "does
Lt. Gen. Odd Bull, chief of staff not recognize or condone the Arab
of the UN truce body. The Syrian boycott, particularly insofar as
radio spokesman charged that it adversely affects United States
Israel "had tried to bring up the firm s, vessels and individuals.
Palestine question as a whole," Every appropriate opportunity is
presenting "general and unspecific utilized, on a continuing basis, to
proposals which Syria regards as re-emphasize this fundamental
inconsistent with the purpose of position to the governments con-
cerned."
the meeting."
* * *
Syria, said the broadcaster,
WASHINGTON
(JTA)—A high
tried to "expose Israel's aggres-
sion to preserve the right of Syrian
farmers to plow their land 'in the
demilitarized zone in a calm at-
mosphere." Damascus, he stated,
would not "guarantee the security
of the Zionist criminals."
* * *
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Dimitri
Chuvakin, USSR ambassador to
Israel, was briefed at the foreign
ministry here on the latest de-
velopments along the Syrian-
Israeli border. Senior officials
of the Foreign Ministry, including
Yosef Tekoah, deputy director-
general who had been one of
Israel's participants in the ISMAC
session, participated in the brief-
ing. Tekoah reiterated to the Soviet
envoy Israel's desire for tranquil-
ity along its borders.
The Israel government's policy
of combining diplomatic and poli-
tical negotiations with readiness
to repel all aggression on its
Syrian border was approved by
the Knesset by a vote of 54 to 21.
"Negotiations with Syria," the
premier told Parliament, "are
worth undertaking even if the
chances for success are not high."
Replying to those critics who had
charged'_ the government with
"softness," Eshkol said that, in
the last two years, "Israel has
given as good as she got from the
Arab states."
* *
NEW YORK (JTA)—The United
States government adheres "fully"
to the principle of direct negotia-
tions between Israel and the Arab

Friday, February 3, 1967 - 13

State Department official said the
United States government has "of
course been greatly concerned by
the terrorist attacks on Israel
over the course of the past two'
years." He made it known that
Secretary of State Dean Rusk
would consider a suggestion by
the Jewish War Veterans that the
United States issue an up-to-date
policy statement to clarify the
American position on the threat-
ened Arab "liberation war" against
Israel.
Rodger P. Davies, deputy assist-
ant secretary of state for Near
Eastern Affairs, wrote to JWV na-
tional Commander Malcolm A. Tar-
lov at the personal request of
Secretary Rusk. He said that,
"of all the Arab states bordering
Israel, only Syria appears to have
encouraged the terrorist organ-
izations."

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ZOA Head Says Morale
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NEW YORK (JTA) — Jacques
Torczyner, president of the Zionist
Organization of America, who re-
turned last week from a three-week
visit to Israel, told a ZOA meeting
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