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September 15, 1967 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-09-15

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Israel Prepares to Resist UN
Pressures; Only Face-to-Face
Talks With Arabs Acceptable

-entatives at the
plan to reject all
United N..!. •
Intermediaries in
• agreements and
forrnulatim: •
.rt talks with the
will insist
36:li•n the UN General Assembly
conlmen , •. it sessions on Sept.
19 — and at the special session to
be held Sept 15 to deal with the
M.(1 ,11•• East situation — Israel's
d.•legation sill he heade'd by Gid-
eon Rafael who. when he assumes
the nev,too t of director-general of
•the Israel Foreign Ministry, will
be Succeeded by Yosef Tekoah. In
tlne Israel delegation also will be
Mr, Lend !Carman. Michael Co-
mal. and Sh. btai Rosenne. It is be-
lieved that Israel'., Foreign Min-
ister Abba Eban also may actively
participate in General Assembly
JTA reports from Jerusalem that
guidelines being formulated by the
Israel Cabinet for procedural ac-
tion at the UN emphasize demands
for face-to-face talks with spokes-
men for the Arabs.

The JTA report states that
Israeli ministers were forcefully
reminded Sunday that only the
prime minister and the foreign
minister were authorized to
make public declarations on the
future of the territories occupied
by Israel in the Six-Day War.
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol re-
affirmed this condition at the
Cabinet meeting after Foreign
Minister Eban referred to state-
ments on this issue by mem-
bers of the Cabinet and said
they had no right to make "per-
sonal" statements on matters of


The discussion was precipitated
by publication in the London Sun-
day Observer of an interview with
Defense • Minister Moshe Dayan
who speculated on the possibility
that Jordan might regain sov-
ereignty over the west bank area
but that the area would remain
under Israeli aid to Jordan in the
supply of water and electric power.
Two other members of the Cab-
inet have also recently aired their
views on the future of the occupied
territories in sp"eches and inter-
views. They were Minister of
Labor Yigal Allon and Minister of
Transport Moshe Carmel.

cease-fire observance chief,
blamed Egypt.

Under the Israeli-Egyptian canal
agreement. neither side is to use
the canal_ As for the approaches,
Gen. Dayan said. the same rule
must hold — if one side can use
them. the other can. or else neither
In Moscow. Pravda, Communist
Party organ, challenged Prime
Minister Eshkol's declaration that
the canal was a "natural - frontier
and asserted that the canal was
the - inalienable" property of Egypt
and "will never he anybody's bor-

The military governor of East
Jerusalem refused to accept a
complaint by a Moslem religious
body because the grievance had
been written on stationery head-
ed: "Hashemite Kingdom of Jor-

The complainant was the Waqf,
the institution administering Mos-
lem religious properties in East •
Jerusalem. The complaint was
against action by the Israelis in
opening another entrance into the
Mount of the Temple area where
the Dome of the Rock and the Al
Aqsa Mosque are located. As a re-
sult of the opening of the new gate,
visitors are able to enter the area
without paying the Waqf gatemen ,
an admission fee the Waqf has •
extracted from all non-Moslems
for 13 centuries.

—Israel denied Syrian charges that
she was "expelling by force" Syr-
ian civilians from occupied Syrian
territory. and said the question of
the return of civilian evacuees to
Israeli-held territory was a ques-
tion for Israeli-Syrian negotiation.

United Nations military observers
supervising the cease-fire be-
tween Israel and the Arab states,
informed UN headquarters that

he was trying to get Egypt and
Israel to agree to keep their ship-
ping off the Gulf of Suez and
Bay of Suez, in an effort to avoid
further clashes between the two

Ambassador Gideon Rafael, Is-
rael's representative to the UN,
sides in that area.
told the secretary-general that the
In his detailed report, Gen.
majority of the inhabitants of the
Bull reiterated that his staff had
area had been evacuated by the
that Egypt had started the
Syrian authorities in the course of
firing last Sunday, which had
the fighting there, apparently for
into full-scale battles
military considerations. "Many of
between the two sides. His ob-
these people have been in the di-
servers on the spot, he stated,
rect employ of the Syrian army.
reported that they had not seen
whose camps, bases and extensive
"at any time any Israeli vessels
fortifications and installations ac
ending toward the channel en-
been the predominant administr
to the Suez Canal." Egypt
Live and economic factor in the
had claimed that its artillery had
area•" he said. He also challenged
Israeli vessels headed
the accuracy of the figures used
for that entrance.
in the Syrian complaint.

Lt. Gen. Odd Bull, chief of the

30—Friday, September 15, 1967

Egypt complained to the presi-
dent of the Security Council that,
as a result of Israel's "sneak at-
tack to force the passage of three
of her boats through the Suez
Canal at the Suez entrance," on
Monday, 42 civilians were killed,
161 wounded, of whom 14 were in
serious condition, and 30 build-
ings were destroyed, as well as two
mosques and two hospitals.

In a letter to the president of
the Security Council, the Ambassa-
dor Mohammed El Kony said that,
as a result of Israel's shelling, a
Greek freighter with a cargo of
cement, a dredger belonging to the
Suez Canal Authority and a motor-
boat belonging to the Eastern Pe-
troleum Company, had been sunk.
In addition to that, an Indian ship
was damaged and the tower of
Port Tewfiq was demolished.


(The British Tradi Union Con-
gress went on record favoring
direct Israel-Arab negotiations j
to o Settle differences arising from
the Six-Day War last June.

(Direct negotiations including in-
ternational guarantees of frontiers,
and the settlement of the Middle
Eastern refugee problem as a
"world responsibility" were advo-
cated in a resolution adopted at
the 20th anniversary congress of
the Liberal International, held at
Oxford University.
(The congress held that "there
can he no lasting peace in the
Middle East without direct negoti-
ations between Israel and the Arab

Prime M i n i s t e r Eshkol
said that as long as there was
no possibility of arriving at a
peaceful settlement with the

Arab countries, the oaly way for

Israel to establish a demarcation
The Cabinet meeting evinced
line was to keep the "natural
concern over the low Jewish
of the Suez Canal with
birthrate hi; Israel. After consid-
Egypt and the Jordan River with
ering a report from Prof. R.
Jordan. He made his statement
Baki, government statistician,
the cabinet decided'on establish- • while visiting the east bank
the Suez Canal during a heli-
ment of a Government Authority
on DeMography. Mrs. Har-
the occupied Sinai Peninsula and
man, wife of the ambassador to
the canal area. Standing on the
Washington, was named to head
canal bank, looking across to
the new agency.
Egyptian positions, Eshkol said
Acting on the recommendation
Israel's reply to the Arab con-
of Prime Minister Eshkol and Min-
ference in Khartoum last week,
ister of Police Eliahu Sasson, the
which took a series of stands of
Cabinet voted to. transfer head-
opposition to any negotiations
quarters of the Israel police de-
with Israel, was that "we are
partment from Tel,Aviv to East
Jerusalem. The move, which may

cost as much as $12,000,000, will
bring the central police head-
quarters into• closer relationship
with other government depart-
ments. In the three decades of the
British mandate over Palestine,
central police headquarters were
in the Old •Rusian Compound in
the Jaffa Road near the Old City.

Defense Minister Dayan
told the Israel Cabinet that the
policy of "mutuality" or recip-
' rocity on shipping rights to which
Israel and Egypt had agreed on
_navigation of the Suez Canal,
. held with equal force for ship-
.; ping in the Bay and Gulf of Suez.
_ Gen. Dayan's declaration came
In a report he made to the Cab-
inet on last week's fighting in
the approaches to the canal for
which Lt. Gen. Odd Bull, the

He added that . he was sorry,
being so near to Cairo,- that he
could not meet with President Nas-
ser of Egypt "man-to-man" to dis-
cuss the situation. He also said it
was a pity that Nasser "puts his

prestige ahead of the well-being of

his people and tkeir needs." He
reiterated that Israel's unchanging
aim was to achieve peace with the
Arab states.
He also expressed the hope that
agreement might be reached so
that the "enormous quantities" of
water now going to waste from
the Litani River in Lebanon could
be used for irrigation purposes,
• • •

Isrfael Denies Expulsion
of Syrian Civilians, Bids
Syria Negotiate Return

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