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April 21, 1967 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-04-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Camay Predicts Arab-Israel War Not Probable

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (JTA)
—Another Israeli-Arab war "in the
foreseeable future is possible, but
not probable," Israel's Ambassa-
dor Michael S. Comay declared.
And, because of that posSibility,
he added, Israel must divert vast
sums of money and effort, strain-
ing its economy, to maintain deter-
rent power against Arab attack.

Comay, Israel's permanent rep-
resentative here for the last seven
years, who is returning to the
foreign ministry
in Jerusalem at
his own request,
made that state-
ment, among
others, in s u m-
marizing his UN
activities before
about 60 mem-
bers of the
United Nations
Correspond e n t s
Comay Association who
tendered a farewell luncheon in
his honor.

One of his frustrations at the
United Nations, Comay told the
newsmen, lay in the fact that, in
the 20 years. off and on that he
has been at the UN for Israel,
I
he
has not once found it possible to
meet with an Arab diplomat even
On an informal basis. "One day, I
hope," he said, "it may be possible
for my successors to meet with
an Arab here, and such a meeting
would be beneficial. Ultimately,
accommodation between us and the
Arab states is possible."

Israel's territorial integrity
political independence.
-

Israelis Astonished
by Mapam Statement
on Syrian Clash
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Political
sources here expressed astonish-
ment at a policy statement by the
Mapam Party—a member of Prem-
ier Levi Eshkol's coalition govern-
mnt — expressing "concern over
the possibility of escalation on the
Syrian border." The statement ex-
pressed opposition to use of Is-
rael's air force to silence Syrian
gun positions when Syrian fire was
"not directed against villages them-
selves."
The sources indicated inability
to understand the phrasing of the
statement in view of Syria's con-
tinuing aggressiveness and the fact
that, as a member of the coali-
tion, Mapam participated in ap-
proval of the operation last Friday
in which Israeli jets shot down six
Syrian Soviet-made MIG-21 jet
fighters.
Mapam also called on the Israel
government to make every effort
to obtain resumption of the meet-
ings of the extraordinary meeting
of the Syrian-Israeli Mixed Armis-
tice Commission which was con-
vened for the first time in years
on the initiative of United Nations
Secretary General U Thant.
However, Moshe Dayan, a leader
of the opposition Israel Workers
Party (Rafi) formed by former
Premier David Ben-Gurion, upheld

Asked whether Israel sees any
possibility of improving its posi-
tion vis-a-vis the Soviet Union,
Comay replied: "We would very
much like to do so. We have every
possible reason for wanting to im-
prove our relations with the
USSR." Ile added that there are
two reasons for the present situa-
tion between the Soviet Union
and Israel.

One reason." he said, "is the
fact that the USSR . has now made
very large investments, economic,
military and diplomatic, in the
Arab world, to the extent that no
solution of the Middle East prob-
lem would be possible now with-
out the participation of the Soviet
Union. The other reason ie. that
Israel, along with the rest of
Jewry throughout the world, is
deeply concerned about the Jews
in the USSR. That issue has come
up from time to time right here
at the United Nations."

the governnient's action against
Syria. He told a meeting of the
Student Union at the Haifa Insti-
tute of Technology that the air
strike "was the right answer to
the Syrians."

and

Gen. Dayan also said that Israel's
reaction to aggression of any kind
should be immediate counterstrikes
with no qualitative or borderline
limitation. He added a caution
that considerable care must be
taken so that counterblows, though
"tough and rapid," did not exceed
.the limits of a local counteraction
so that the Syrians would have the
opportunity to retreat and not be
forced to a full-scale confrontation
with Israel.

Arabs Intercepted;
One Reported Killed
TEL AVIV (JTA) — One Arab
infiltrator was killed and a second
was believed wounded when an
Israeli border patrol intercepted a
group of three would-be saboteurs
near the Lebanese border last Fri-
day night.
The members of the patrol saw
the three men entering Israel, in
Western Galilee, and attacked
them with hand grenades. Near
the one man felled, the patrol found
a Russian-type hand grenade, a
submachinegun, two containers of
explosives and a batch of pamph-
lets signed by El Fatah, the Syrian-
trained Arab terrorist organization
which has been perpetrating acts
of sabotage in Israel for many
months. The felled man was given

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first aid by the Israelis, but died
later in a hospital.
Blood leading to the Lebanese
border indicated that a second
man had been wounded, while the
third infiltrator evidently escaped
unhurt. According to the Israeli
army spokesman, the abandoned
equipment indicated positively that
the infiltrators had been trained
and equipped for sabotage by
Syria, although footprints showed
they had come from and returned
to Lebanon.

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In regard to U.S. arms for Is-
rael, Comay said "today the only
limitation on our acquisition of
more arms is financial." He noted
that the U.S. policy is that Wash-
ington is prepared to avoid an
imbalance of arms in the Middle
East, thus furnishing anms to some
of the Arab states but also not
neglecting Israel in that regard.

In a letter to Security Coun-
cil President George Ignatieff
from Comay, Israel replied to
two letters sent by the Syrian

delegate, blaming Israel
recent border troubles.

for the

In his letter, Comay pointed out
that the Damascus government had
refused to proceed with the agen-
da of the Israeli-Syrian Mixed
Armistic Commission which the
UN had convened on Jan. 25. In
March and the first week of April,
Comay noted, there were at least
10 attacks against Israel by ter-
rorist groups sent into Israel by
the Syrians.

Syria, whose unwillingness to
negotiate with Israel over land
Cultivation rights in the demili-
tarized zones on the Israeli-Syrian
frontiers has caused the current,
two-month hiatus in talks initiated
by the United Nations, "would
rather shoot than discuss," the
Security Council was told.

Comay, whose letter did not ask
for a council meeting, told the
Security Council president that
Syria "needs to be firmly remind-
ed" of its obligations to respect

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