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December 08, 1967 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-12-08

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Another Voice to Anti- Israel Chorus
South Arabia's Independence Adds

(Continued from Page 1)
two Israeli flyers. Meanwhile, an
air-sea search by Israeli units
turned up a rubber lifeboat and
a navigator's helmet, but no sign
of the men. The master of a Greek
ship in the vicinity was questioned
without results. Israel has asked
the Red Cross to find out if the
men, who were seen parachuting
after their plane was hit by anti-
aircraft fire, have fallen into
Egyptian hands.

Security forces combed the
West Bank area for terrorists in
the wake of mortar bombard-
ment of Petah Tikva in which
one youth was injured and sev-
eral houses and automobiles in
the densely populated area were

The attack was the most daring
yet by terrorists who, employing
Viet Cong tactics, brought a two-
inch mortar within less than 2,000
feet of a residential area and
fired off nine shells before making
a speedy getaway in a car. The
shells exploded in a nearby park
and amid houses. The injured
youth was standing with relatives
outside his house when a shell
landed nearby. He was hospitalized.

The mortar attack sent residents
scurrying to shelters. Army units
rushed to the scene and set up
roadblocks but not before the ter-
rorists escaped. An alert was
maintained today but the town
functioned normally and all schools
but one were open. It is believed
that the attack was in the nature
of a demonstration on the occasion
of the 20th anniversary of the
United Nations' Palestine partition
Efforts to organize a protest
strike among the Arabs in Jeru-
salem and on the West Bank on
the 20th anniversary of the
United Nations decision to parti-
tion Palestine and establish sep-
arate Jewish and Arab states.
were described as fruitless. Al-
thonch leaflets calling for a
strike were widely distributed.
authorities said no disturbances
had occurred.

The Damascus Radio, monitored
here, reoorted huge demonstrations
in the streets of the Syrian capital.
denotineing the United Nations de-
cision and repudiating the most
recent Security Council resolution
under which a UN representative
is to visit the Middle East on a
peace-making effort. According to
the broadcasts, members of the
government and leaders of the
dominant Baath Party participated
in the demonstrations.

Foreign Minister Abba Eban
told the Knesset that the Israeli
government had an agenda of
peace proposals that it would
present whenever peace talks
with the Arabs come about. He
declared, however, that Israel
was "fully committed" to hold
ing occupied territory until a
peace settlement was achieved.

nerves designed to reinforce the
diplomatic pessures which are be-
ing brought to bear on both Israel
and the UAR to accept a compro-
mise." The paper said that the
aircraft demonstrated also that
facilities for Soviet air power were
readily available in Egypt should
the Russians decide to take the
Arab side in any new Middle East

Foreign Minister Abba Eban and
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan ad-
dressed the cabinet on the current
political and security situations.
Eban said he had informed the
French ambassador that Israel
hoped to resume her traditional
tins with Franc., in the atinoe.phere
of friendship that prevailed prior
to President de Gaupo's attack on
Israel at his Nov. 27 press con-
Gen. Dayan reported that the
latest act of sabotage—the blasting
of the water reservoir at Almae.or
near the Syrian border—was the
first instance of Syrian terrorists
crossing the cease-fire line direct-
ly into Israel. Usually, he said,
saboteurs from Syria entered via
Jordanian territory.
Previously, Gen. Dayan had is-
sued a stern warning to Jordan
that if sabotage incidents contin-
ued along the Jordan River, the
cease-fire line since the end of the
June war, the Jordanian popula-
tion also might not live in peace.
Gen. Dayan said that Israel want-
ed to maintain peace long the
cease-fire lines in the occupied ter-
ritories, but that if unrest con-
tinued, it would be "unrest both
ways." He said that "there can be
only peace or war. There is no
inforno.‘diate course."
Gen. Davan said that within a
year the Arabs would have the
slrnr number of tanks and planes
us they had prior to the June war
end that some of these "will be
of a better type" than their pre-
June eqoinment. He said a renewal
of hostilities had been made
"rather possible" by the speed of
Arab rearmament by the Soviets
which, he said, had been faster
than expected.

Sixty El Fatah terrorists have
been killed and 300 captured
since the end of the Six-Day
War, it was disclosed Tuesday
by Moshe Kashty, director gen-
eral of the ministry of defense.
Kashty gave the figures during
ceremonies dedicating a reading
room at the new port city of
Ashdod in memory of six local
boys who were killed in the

Kashty also said that the im-
portance of the Suez Canal is
diminishing daily with the intro-
duction of supertankers that carry
huge quantities of oil from the
Middle East fields to Europe via
the Cape of Good Hope and are
too large to use the canal.

Lt. Gen. Odd Bull, Thant's per-
sonal representative for cease-fire
matters in the Middle East, re-
ported that a Lebanese tapline
employee was severely injured on
Nov. 29 when his vehicle, which


was following a United Nations
jeep, detonated a land mine on
the Israeli-Syrian cease-fire line,
on the Golan Heights. The Leb-
anese worker was en route to
repair a leak which occurred in
the oil pipeline in the area be-
tween the Israeli and Syrian for-
ward defence lines.
Sixteen Russian jet bombers
arrived in Egypt on a good-will
mission today and immediately
flew over Cairo as a demonstra-
tion of Soviet support, it was
reported in London. The visit
by the Russian planes is believed
booster for the Egyptians, and
here to be intended as a morale
to discourage Israeli reprisal
Russian flyers are active
throughout the Nile Valley, taking
full advantage of the excellent fly-
ing weather that has prevailed
since the "g od will" flight of the
16 Soviet je bombers over Cairo.
The Daily elegraph Cairo cor-
respondent said the Russian flight
over Cairo ir ay have been prompt-
ed in part by an Israeli strike

Friday, December 8, 1967-17

across the northern end of the Red
Sea Saturday night by commandos
who seized large quantities of ma-
chinery and equipment from an
oil company pier.
The Soviet government is more
deeply involved and committed
in the Middle East than ever be-
fore, the Sunday Observer said in
dispatches from Moscow, report-
ing talks last week between So-
viet diplomats and delegations
from several Arab and Moslem
countries, including Syria.




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Israel's press took a gloomy
view of the newly gained inde-
pendence of South Arabia which
"adds another voice to the anti-
Israel chorus," but predicted
that the new Arab nation, which
commands the entrance to the
Red Sea, would not be able to
carry out its threat to blockade
Israel shipping.

Editorials on the subject ap-
peared in five of Israel's 11 He-
brew dailies. All agreed that South
Arabia may try to close the Straits
of Bab el Mandab to Israeli ves-
sels, but could not for reasons of
geography. The straits, connecting
Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden,
leading into the Indian Ocean, are
much wider than the Strait of
Tiran leading into the Gulf of
Aqaba. Moreover, their western
bank is in French Somaliland.

Israeli authorities ordered sus-
The foreign minister said that
pension of the program for re-
Israel was totally committed to
union of West Bank Arab fami-
work toward peace, and he sharply
lies because of the Jordan gov-
criticized Arab and Soviet leaders
ernment's refusal to return to
who are not equally committed.
Israel the body of the Israeli
The Soviet Union, he declared,
pilot whose plane was shot
should devote its efforts to dis-
down over Jordan two weeks
armament instead of promoting an
ago. Efforts to secure the re-
arms race. Ile said that, after
of the body, made through
every battle, Arab leaders grow
the International Red Cross,
nostalgic for the status quo ante.
have been unavailing.
Before 1967 they wanted to return
to 1947, and how they want to
Israelis saw the pilot parachut-
return to June 4, but they must ing to earth when his Mirage
realize that this will not happen, fighter was hit, and suspect that
Eban said.
he was tortured and murdered by
An Israel foreign ministry Jordanian civilians. It was be-
spokesman warned that the pres- lieved that Jordan has refused to
ence of Soviet Tupolev heavy return the body because it would
bombers in Egyptian skies, piloted reveal mutilation.
by Russians, was a new element
The family reunion scheme,
in the Middle East situation that which resumed earlier this week,
should be viewed by the Western enabled Arab families residing on
powers with as much concern as the West Bank to obtain permits
it is viewed by Israel.
for the return to Israel-occupied
(In London, the Guardian said territory of family members who
that the Soviet air force visit to had crossed over to Jordan during
Egypt may be part of a "war of the Six-Day War.

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