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January 05, 1968 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-01-05

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Israel's Military Forces Act Speedily to Curb Terrorism

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of Beth Hanoun were still in effect
Monday, as a search for the ter-
rorists continued.
The driver of a private car in
the Golan Heights was wounded
by a sniper Friday, but managed
to drive to a military post where
he received treatment.
In another type of terrorist
activity, a bazooka shell was
fired Thursday night into the
home in Ramallah of Dr, Hamdi
El Farouki, a local Arab leader.
Damage was slight and there
were no casualties. Israeli au-
thorities said the shell was a
warning to Dr. El Farouki, who
is regarded as a "moderate" by
Arab terrorist gangs.
A military spokesman said that
a search is still going on for ter-
rorists who planted a mine which
killed one Israeli soldier and in-
jured three others near the Gaza
Strip last Thursday. Meanwhile,
two terrorists were captured in
northern Israel on Friday, be-
lieved, according to a military
spokesman, to be the ones re-
sponsible for blowing up a pylon
which caused a black-out of elec-
tric power in the Beisan Valley a
week ago. They may also be part
of a gang which sabotaged a field
shack on the slopes of Mt. Tabor
in central Galilee last week.
Tracks of other suspects were
found leading to the Jordan River.
The possibility that Israel may
some day have to fight "foreign
armies" from outside the Mid-
dle East—Soviet forces by im-
plication — was raised by the
new Chief of Staff of , Israel's
armed forces, Maj. Gen. Chaim
Bar-Lev, in his first press inter-
view since assuming his new
post. But the veteran of last
June's Six-Day War declared
that, while Israel's army is suf-
ficiently trained and experienced
to meet the most modern armies
in the world, he did not "en-
visage any intervention — phys-
ical and active — by a foreign
power against us." Such power,
he said, will continue to train
and equip the Arab nations, "but
there is a long way form this to
an actual fighting force."
Gen. Bar-Lev met the press after
a morning of military parades at
army posts all over Israel, which
marked his take-over of command
from Maj. Gen. Yitzhak Rabin,
retiring Chief of Staff. Both mil-
itary leaders issued orders of the
day to their troops. Gen. Rabin,
in his final order, warned that it
cannot be said with certainty that
the June war was the last war."
He cautioned further that security
cannot be achieved "simply by
offering a hand of peace, but first
and foremost by being prepared
for war at all times." Gen. Bar-
Lev, in his first order of the day,
noted that, while the Arab states
are "still licking their wounds,
they are already talking of a new
round, apparently not having given
up their ambition to destroy
The new Chief of Staff elab-
orated on this subject at his press
conference. He also discussed the
problem of increasing Arab ter-
rorist activity, and said that it
was "certainly a possibility" that
Israel would retaliate against
such acts by taking countermeas-
ures "across the borders." He dis-
closed that some 700 terrorists
have been captured by Israeli
security forces since the June war.
Israeli Soldier Killed,
3 Wounded in Continuing
Terrorist Incidents
A curfew was imposed on the
Gaza Strip village of Dir Balah
Dec, 28 after one Israeli soldier
was killed and three were in-
jured when their command car
struck an anti-vehicle mine nearby.
A military spokesman announc-
ed that two terrorists were cap-
tured with a large cache of ex-
plosives and bazooka shells. The
terrorists had been sought by Is-
raeli security forces in connection
with an explosion which damaged
a feild shack near Ein Dor on the
slopes of Mt. Tabor in central

In another incident an explosion
slightly damaged a pumping sta-
tion near Neveh Or in the Beisan
Valley. Six pairs of footprints
were found leading from the scene
to the Jordan River.
Four captured El Fatah terror-
ists who face possible death sen-
tences in the slaying of two Israeli
border patrol sergeants, demand.
ed that they be given prisoner- of
-war status and treated according-
ly. A spokesman for the gang,
which will be tried before a mili-
tary tribunial, demanded that he
be given a lawyer appointed by
the "high command" of El Fatah,
the Syrian based terrorist and
sabotage organization. A fifth El
Fatah member, an Israeli Arab,
has already been sentenced to 20
years' imprisonment.
The El Fatah prisoners based
their claim for POW status on a
broadcast by Labor Minister Yi-
gal Allon who said that Israel
would deal with the El Fatah as
it would with any organized mili-
tary unit. The gang was rounded
up after a two-day pursuit in the
hilly Tulkarm-Nablus region. They
were captured in a cave with a
large cache of arms and explosives
following a sharp exchange of
fire with Israeli security forces.
Mayor Kollek Says Most
of E. Jerusalem Population
Is Cooperating With Israelis
Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem said
that while Arab notables in the
East Jerusalem areas that have
been reunified with the city have
been cooler and more reserved
lately in their attitude towards
the Israeli authorities, most of
the Arab civilian population is co-
operating with the authorities to
an increasing degree.
Since the city was reunified
following the war last June, Mayor
Kollek said, 22 kilometers (nearly
14 miles) of road had been paved
1500 street-lights installed in the
walled Old City and 700 in the
in the eastern section of the city,
newer Arab areas outside the walls.
Ile said that 12 walls erected as
barriers against snipers had been
torn down and 180 old structures
in the former no-man's land be-
tween the Israeli and Jordanian
sectors had been razed.
As part of the program to mo-
dernize the newly unified areas,
Mr. Kollek said, 14 kilometers of
l water pipes (nearly 9 miles) had
been laid to bring fresh water to
the area. To beautify the new
i areas, he added, 3,000 trees had
been planted.
Repairs have been completed
on 28 Arab school buildings in the
new area, he reported, and the
program of health examinations
for every pupil has been completed
in 20 of the schools.
Arab farmers in the occupied
West Bank are not having any
trouble marketing their produce,
it was indicated by the director
general of the Israel Ministry of
Agriculture. He announced at a
press conference that the fall har-
vest in occupied territories had
ended with no unsold surplus.
Thousands of tons of farm pro-
ducts have been marketed in Jor-
dan which enjoys a brisk, if un-
official trade with the West Bank,
the ministry official said. West
Bank fruits and vegetables which
used to be exported to other Arab
countries were absorbed by Israel's
canning industry this year or ship-
ped overseas from Gaza.
French Defense Journal
Says USSR Gave Arabs
40 Missile-Firing Vessels
PARIS (JTA)— The French
National Press Review said the
Soviet Union had delivered about
40 naval vessels equipped with
missile-launching ramps to coun-
tries bordering on the Mediterra-
nean. The vessels are of the Komar
and Osa types. The missiles which
sank the Israeli destroyer Elath
were fired from craft of the Osa
class, given to the Egyptian Navy.
The French journal noted that no
Western nation had developed
operational missile craft of this

type, and it warned that they

"create a threat to our maritime by the power of her arms and continue to mount a massive arms
forces which is far from negligi- courage and the determination of build-up, adding that peace could
her people." He stressed that the come only through direct nego-
(In Moscow, the USSR Defense Arabs refuse to negotiate, and tiations
Ministry newspaper, Red Star,
hinted that more Soviet naval
ships will be added to the Russian
Mediterranean fleet. The news-
paper said "the situation in the
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Mediterranean has changed and
will continue to change, not in
favor of the aggressors."



Robert Kennedy Urges
U. S. Jets for Israel,
Direct Peace Talks
Robert F. Kennedy, New York
Democrat, urged that the United
States provide F-4 Phantom jets
to Israel. In a statement issued
from his Washington office, a
point was made that maintenance
of Israel strength may help avert
further warfare in the Middle
Sen. Kennedy said it would be
preferable if the USSR and the
United States could reach an agree-
ment — but, ' if no accord was
possible and the Arabs continued
to re-arm, the United States must
act so that Israel can defend her-
self. He said Israel stands "only





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