Friday, July 12, 1968-11
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Hawk Missile Deal 'No Great Shakes'
to Israel's Deterren t, Defensive Force
JERUSALEM (JTA) , A for- tinue to press for action on ISrael's
eign ministry spokesman said Mon- request for the supersonic Phan-
day that the supply of an addition- toms. He .said that the additional
al quantity of Hawk anti-aircraft Hawk. missiles which will be sold
missiles by the United States . had to Israel would "do nothing to. en-
"no bearing" on the main prob- hance Israel's strike capacity, the
lems of Israel's deterrent and de- key to her ability to deter agres-
The spokesman said that the
Advocates of the long-pending
central problem facing Israel is Phantom application "must not be
the growing gap; since the Six-Day confused into a misguided conclu-
War, in the number and quality sion that Israel's defense require-
of supersonic planes • possessed ments have been met," he said.
and being acquired by Egypt and
Rep. Broomfield pointed out that
Syria and the number and quality "Arab airfields are jammed with
of such planes existing in.
the latest Soviet jet fighters and
He added that it would be wrong bombers" but "not a single super-
to see in the Hawk missiles, the sonic jet lost by Israel in the Six-
supply of which had been agreed Day war or subsequently has been
upon for some time, any connec- replaced." He warned that con-
tion with Israel's central problem. tinued failure to act on Israel's
Nevertheless, he said, the arrange- application for the Phantoms "en-
ment to supply Israel with the courages the Russians to continue
Hawks on credit was received with their Middle East buildup and
contributes to Arab intransigence."
These remarks were the first
official comment by Israel on
the sale of the American sur-
face-to-air missiles which was
announced in Washington last
Saturday. But Israelis seemed
divided on how to regard that
BONN (JTA) — The immutable
A dim view was reportedly laws of nature are having an
shared in Israeli defense circles effect on the efforts to bring Nazi
where the U.S. was charged with war criminals to jastice. The
"avoiding the real issue." Accord- Criminals and those who prosecute
ing to one informant, "the Hawks them or are summoned to give
are a good anti-aircraft defense, evidence in court are growing old
but the Phantoms are what Israel and as a result convictions are in-
really needs." That view seemed creasingly difficult to obtain. The
to be implied by Monday evening's age-factor may also settle the mat-
ter of the statute of limitations on
foreign ministry statement.
Nazis accused of murder which is
In Washington, - official United
States government sources said to go into effect on Dec. 31, 1969.
the decision to sell _Israel addi- Indications are that it will not be
tional Hawk anti-aircraft •is- postponed.
siles indicated no change in the
The ravages of
• time on Nazi
status of Israel's application to hunters and hunted alike was
purchase the 50 F-4 Phantom brought home last week by the
jet fighter-bombers, The Israeli death in Frankfurt of Fritz Bauer
request made officially by Prime at the age of 64. Bauer, a Jew
Minister Eshkol last January, and a former Stuttgart judge, es-
remains under active study," caped twice from the Nazis and
one official said.
devoted his life after World War
Rep. William Broomfield of II to bringing Nazis to justice.
Michigan, a member of the House As chief prosecutor for the state
Foreign Affairs Committee, de- of Hesse, he masterminded the
clared that Congress mUst con- 1964-65 Auschwitz death camp
trials in which one of the convicted
men was freed because of his ad-
Eight Jews Win Seats vanced
age and illness. Bau.er
in. Canada Parliament left half of his estate for youth
TORONTO (JTA)—Eight Jews projects in Israel and Poland.
will hold seats in the new Cana-
Two days before Bauer's
dian Parliament four of them death, the trial of 66-year-old Fritz
members of Prime Minister Pierre Beckerle, the wartime Nazi min-
Elliott Trudeau's Liberal Party, ister in Bulgaria, was suspended
three representing the New . Demo- because of the defendant's illness.
cratic Party and one Conservative. Beckerle is charged with partici-
The latter, Jack Marshall, will pation in the mass deportation and
be the first Conservative Jewish murder of Bulgarian Jews. His
member of Parliament in Canada trial may not be resumed because
since the confederation. His con- of his age and physical condition.
stituency is Humber-St. George's-
But in Cologne Tuesday, a jury
St. Barbe in the maritime prov-
ince of Newfoundland which has passed prison sentences on two
former Nazis convicted of the
a small Jewish population.
The eight will be the largest murder of at least 2,000 Jewish
number of Jews ever to sit in men, women and children in
Canada's Parliament; There might Mitau, Lithuania, in July 19.41.
- have been nine but redistricting Alfred Becu, 66, received three
deprived Montreal; which has 'Can- years at hard labor, 54,year-old
ada's largest Jewish population, Wilhelm Abelt, a police officer,
of the representation of Milton got 18 months. ,
Nevertheless, German judges
Klein. The former incumbent is
are finding it increasingly diffi-
now without a constituency.
cult to convict :because witnesses
are aging, sometimes unable to
travel and often have faulty mem-
ories: Former Justice Minister
Ewald Bucher said • recently that
the time was coming when judges
- could only acquit men who,
though clearly guilty,. had outlived
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The bill had been introduced by
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