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May 26, 1967 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-05-26

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Army. Captain Charged With Disloyalty Berry Forest to Assist Israel
in Vital Area of Border Defense

A family forest in Israel will
bear witness to Louis Berry's
leadership in his synagogue and
his services to local and world
Jewry. Berry is to be honored at
a testimonial dinner sponsored by
the Jewish National Fund 6:30
p.m. June 6 at Cong. Shaarey
Zedek, of which Berry is imme-
diate past president.
The Louis Berry Family For-
est is part of the large land re-
clamation work being done by
JNF, particularly on the very
borders now beset with dangers
from Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

Cigarette smoke curls around head of Army Capt. Howard B.
Levy, 30; during a break in his court martial on charges of
disloyalty—refusing to train Special Forces troops in dermatology.
Beside him at Fort Jackson, S.C., is his attorney, Charles Morgan Jr.

U. S. De-Escalating Support to Israel;
Fears Losing Jordan, Saudi Arabia

By MILTON FRIEDMAN

(Copyright. 1967, JTA, Inc.)

WASHINGTON — Despite the
threat to Israel from leftist Arabs
armed with the same types of wea-
pons Russia supplies to North
Vietnam, American policy-makers
are de-escalating American com-
mitments to Israel.
The United States does not want
to find itself linked with Israel's
defebse. This is not because of
anti-Jewish prejudice or dislike of
Israel. The reasons are more subtle
and ensue from fears that United
States backing of Israel would
undermine the shaky, "pro-west-
ern" Arab kingdoms of Jordan and
Saudi Arabia.
The U. S. policy makers private-
ly reassure Israel, in increasingly
vague terms, of support against
aggression. But the 19th anniver-
sary of Israel's independence was
observed in Washington without a
single strong reassurance from any
important spokesman for the exe-
cutive department of the govern-
ment.
Just at the time that Syrian ter-
rorist provocations escalated, offi-
cial Washington grew cautious and
detached. The American Ambassa-
dor to Israel was ordered to boy-
cott the Israeli Independence Day
parade in Jerusalem. This was cri-
ticized in congress on grounds that
it indicated to the Arabs that the
United States wavered in its com-
mitment to the permanency of
Israel.
Officials agree that the Syrians
are guilty of a palter of border
outrages but do not deem these
adequate to justify Israeli counter-
measures.
United States diplomats sought
to placate Arab positions when
Lebanon took exception to a long-
scheduled goodwill visit by the
United States Sixth Fleet to Bei-
rut. The Arab complaints were
based on a reported assertion by
Israel's Prime Minister Levi Esh-
kol that he had assurances that
the fleet might protect Israel.
United States officials denied that
such promises were made. Never-
theless. "pro-western" Lebanon
cancelled the fleet visit.
Now, when Egypt unilaterally
demanded withdrawal of t h e
United Nations Emergency Forces
from the Egyptian-Israel border,
the State Department took sharp
exception. The Department valued
the ten-year peace-keeping role of
UNEF. It had long been the de-
partment's position that UNEF
should be expanded rather than
reduced. Washington saw the UN
as an agency to restrain Arab-
Israel tensions without the direct
intervention of the United States.
The administration may now
Move to increase and expedite the
shipment of military equipment to
Israel, and many other important
items of military hardware. An
important factor in Israel's de-
fense is the American "Hawk"
ground-to-air missile that was sup-
plied some time ago. Israeli sol-
diers have been trained in the

United States to operate the anti-
aircraft missile system.
The juncture may come where
Washington must choose whether
the democratic state of Israel
should be backed in the manner
that America supports other gov-
ernments threatened by Commun-
ism. But the State Department
hopes this will never occur be-
cause of its illusion of "pro-west-
ern" Arab friendship.

Warder Cresson, a United States
Consul in Palestine in the early
part of the nineteenth century,
converted to Judaism after his tour
of duty ended and permanently
settled in the Holy Land where
he lived out his life as an Orthodox
Jew.

Institutions
As a snow-drift is formed where
there is a lull in the wind, so, one
would say, where there is a lull
of truth an institution springs up.
But the truth blows right on over
it, nevertheless, and at length blows
it down. —H. D. Thoreau (1865)

Dr. William Haber, dean of the
college of literature, science and
the arts at the University of Michi-
gan, will report on his impressions
of a just-concluded trip to Israel
and African countries on behalf of THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
ORT, which he served as world
Friday, May 26, 1967-7
president.
Leonard N. Simons heads the ar-
rangements committee for the tes-
DANNY
timonial dinner; Abe Kasle and
Dora Ehrlich are co-chairmen for
RASKIN
the event.

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