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June 21, 1968 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-06-21

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10—Friday, June 21, 1968


Israel Charge That Soviet Pilots Are
in Egypt Seen as Ruse by State Dept.

Department officials told the press
that an allegation by Israel that
Soviet pilots were flying for the
Egyptian Air Force was a maneu-
ver to pressure the United States
into approving the sale to Israel
of 50 Phantom jets that it is seek-
ing. The officials spoke for "back-
ground only" and insisted on ano-
A press association report from
Jerusalem June 13 attributed to
Israeli intelligence sources a state-
ment that between 70 and 100
Soviet flyers were working as test
pilots and instructors for Egypt
and were flying extensive air
patrols throughout the Middle East.
(Newsweek Magazine said several
weeks ago that 100 Soviet pilots
are flying Egyptian jets.)
The Jerusalem report said this
information was passed to the U.S.
government some time ago. Israel
reportedly stressed that Soviet
arms aid totaling $1,500,000 had
been poured into Egypt and had
now turned the power balance
heavily in the Arabs' favor. Israel
has only one plane for every four
Arab aircraft. The ratio was one
to three at the start of the Six-Day
The State Department officials
said that the Israeli intelligence
disclosure in Jerusalem was to
some extent true. It was confirmed
that between 70 and 100 Soviet Air
Force experts were working as
instructors or test pilots for Egypt.
But the U.S. sources would not
confirm that the Russians were
actually flying widespread air
Officials here said they had
received many "pressures" from
Congress to approve sale of the
Phantom jets. This had produced
no results, they said, because
President Johnson remains un-
convinced that Israel needs them.
The status of the Israeli bid for
the Phantoms was said to be
exactly where it was last Janu-
ary, when the President met at
the LBJ ranch with Prime Min-
ister Levi Eshkol of Israel and
promised to keep Israel's request
under review.
Congressman Emanuel C eller
has called upon Secretary of State
Dean Rusk for "immediate ap-
proval" of Israel's application to
buy American supersonic Phantom
jet fighter planes. The New York
Democrat, chairman of the House
Judiciary Committee, said in a
letter to Rusk that "it appears im-
perative that Israel's application
. . be acted upon favorably and
Rep. Celler said there is a five-
to-one Arab superiority over Israel
in supersonic aircraft which can-
not be balanced by delivery of
American supersonic Skyhawk jet
fighters to Israel. He also noted
that while "the Israelis are better
trained and superior fighters . . .
it is estimated that 2,500 Russians
are now training the Egyptians,
plus an unknown number training
armed personnel in Syria, Iraq,
Yemen and Algeria."
In Paris, Michel Debre, France's
new foreign minister, declared in
a radio interview that the balance
of power in the Middle East should
not be disturbed, in replying to a
question about the reasons for the
de Gaulle regime's refusal to de-
liver to Israel 50 Mirage jet fighter

Sudan Calls for Action
Against Israel, Hits U.S.

planes which Israel ordered and
paid for.
President de Gaulle placed an
embargo on shipment of the jets
when the June war broke out last
year. Justifying the French policy
toward Israel, Debre asserted that
"France wants to eliminate the
causes of war and therefore our
foreign policy will be maintained."
Support of Israel a Block
to Soviet-U.S. Peace: Pravda

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

Concerns and Joys Intermingle in Israel

are charges that Jews are not prop-
erly prepared to counteract these
Delegates have brought with
them reports of fear in their
spheres, and the result is a sort
of tension mingled with hope for
better days.
* *
The sense of security that exists
here inspires a kind of hope. Hope-
lessness is ruled out. That's the
basic joy of those who are here
to share in Israel's upbuilding
and security.
* *
Observance of Bar Mitzva cere-
monies in Israel has become an
established policy for many from
the Diaspora.
During the World Zionist Con-
Students at Hebrew U.
gress period, the Paddy Chayev-
Take Huts in E. Jerusalem skys marked the Bar Mitzva of
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
their son at Heikhal Shlomo. The
to The Jewish News)
JERUSALEM — Rows of pre-
fabricated asbestos huts are going
up in East Jerusalem on vacant
land earmarked for a new housing
The students are urgently in
need of housing and appealed to
Jerusalem authorities.
Plans for the new housing
project are moving so slow that
it is not expected to be ready
before late 1969.

(Continued from Page 1)
There is a continuation of frus-
trations, but there is not a single
Zionist who leaves Jerusalem be-
lieving that his move in e n t is
doomed. There is the deep convic-
tion, contrary to the antagonisms
from Israeli newspapers and some
skeptics, that the Zionist idea can
not be denigrated and that if there
weren't a Zionist movement it
would have to be created anew.
There are many causes for con-
cern. There is great worry over
what may happen in the Sirhan
Bishara Sirhan hearings. Already
there is fear that the trial will be
turned into an anti-Israel and
anti-Jewish demonstration. There

LONDON — Protectively — the
Soviet Communist Party newspaper
"Pravda" Wednesday showed in-
terest in recent proposals by Presi-
dent Johnson for improving Ameri-
can-Russian relations, but said
U.S. support of Israel was among
the obstacles to such cooperation.
Pravda rejected the President's
contention that the basis of peace-
ful cooperation could be broad-
ened before major world problems
are solved.
The Soviet views were enunci-
ated in an article by political
observer Viktor Mayevsky. Listed
with American support of Israel
as an obstacle to peace and co-
operation was the war in Vietnam,
U.S. "t r a d e discrimination"
Fortunate is he whose children
against Communist countries and
alleged American ideological sub- are males; woe to him whose chil-
dren are females.—Kiddushin 82
version of Communist societies.

He who accepts charity but does
not need it, will eventually need
it.—Kethuboth 68



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(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

Constituent Assembly in Khar-
toum endorsed a Communist-spon-
sored resolution that condemned
the United States for its support
of Israel.
The assembly urged all Arab
parliaments to meet to discuss uni-
fied actin* against Israel.


Abram Salomons observed the
Bar Mitzva of their son at the
Yeshurin Synagogue. Both fam-
ilies are from New York and both
synagogues are in Jerusalem.
There were forest plantings, and
the David Moskowitzes of Los
Angeles had many fellow Zionists
at the dedication of their forest.
Tourists in the many hundreds
who converged upon Jerusalem
during the past couple of weeks
found accommodations in the Old
City, some in Arab-owned hotels
and others in monasteries and at
the YMCA.



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