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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-07-19

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Dead Sea Scrolls, Zealots, Sicarii, Masada

Is the story of Masada "an inglorious chapter in the annals of Jewish history? Is "a pseudo-historical chapter on the
Zealots, the Sicarii and Masada" being "foisted upon us"? Latest expose by Prof. Solomon Zeitlin, the world's leading
authority on the Second Jewish Commonwealth, is analyzed in Purely Commentary, Page 2.


Pioneer's JNF
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'Village Builder'

Review on
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A Weekly Review

of Jewish Events

Michigan's Only English-Jewish Newspaper — Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle

VOL. LI I I, NO. 18


July 19, 1968


17100 W.

7 Mile Rd., Detroit 48235—VE 8-9364

Support for
Israel Must Be

Iron Curtain
for Survival


Page 4

$7.00 Per Year; This Issue 20c

, U.S. Believed to Be Seeking 'Flexible'
Asrael Attitude; Johnson's Envoys
Hold Crucial Conferences in M. E.

Direct JTA Teletype Wires to The Jewish News


JTA and Jewish News Washington Correspondent

WASHINGTON — Both Ambassador George Ball, United States envoy
to the United Nations, and McGeorge Bundy, formerly President Johnson's
closest personal adviser on international security,
may have been given instructions to informally
urge Israel to be more flexible on the question
of direct face-to-face peace negotiations with the
ArAs, it was learned Tuesday from high-level
administration sources.
Meanwhile important Republican Congress-
men charged that the administration was de-
::liberately deferring action on the sale of Phantom
supersonic jet fighter bombers to Israel to main-
tain leverage to influence Israeli policies on peace
State Department sources said that while
Bundy was in Israel for the Ford Foundation, they
could not rule out the possibility that President
Johnson asked him to quietly ascertain how far
George Ball
Israel would go in talking to the Arabs through intermediaries. Bundy,
who remains in close touch with the President, was given special respon-
sibilities on the Middle East at the time of the Six-Day War.
Administration officials pointed out that Moscow is now stressing that
if the United States hopes for reduction of world tensions and results at
the Paris peace talks, the "liquidation of Israeli aggression" must be
regarded as dangerous as the Vietnam war. The two issues have been
bracketed in recent public statements by Soviet leaders.
The State Department said that U.S. policy is aimed at "de-fusing"
tensions in the Middle East to avoid a confrontation there with Russia.
There is also hope of normalizing relations with Arab states. U.S. feels
that "excessive Israeli rigidity" on the negotiations issue is a roadblock
to a workable East-West detente in the Middle East.

Administration officials are maintaining that Israel does not cur-
rently need the 50 Phantom Jets it is seeking and that the issue remains
under study in the context of other factors. One point made is that the
Russians have recently suggested arms control in the Middle East and
apparently withheld new military commitments sought by Egyptian Presi-
dent Nasser in Moscow last week.
In view of what appears to be fluidity in Moscow's stand on the Arab
military buildup, officials said, this is not the right time to introduce the
Phantom jets into the region.
Israel's ultimate security will be found in accommodation through
United Nations mediation along the lines of Gunnar Jarring's efforts or
some other intermediary, important executive department authorities have
told Congressmen.
A warning is beginning to emerge from Israel's friends in Congress
that the administration may be seeking an accommodation with Russia
and the Arabs at Israel's expense.

President Johnson's Letter 'Most Friendly'
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel's need for additional American arma-
ments to balance Soviet Russia's continued rearming of the Arabs was
stressed by Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and Foreign Minister Abba Eban
in their talks Monday with U.S. Ambassador George Ball and his party.
It was learned here that the Americans were trying to persuade Israel
to relax its demand for direct peace talk with the Arabs. While no details
were released, it was believed that both Eshkol and Eban repeated Israel's
request for F-4 Phantom jets to match the supersonic Soviet-made jets
supplied to the Egyptian and Syrian air forces. It was also understood
that the Americans agre0 with their Israeli hosts that Egyptian President
Nasser's stand, which is based on the Khartoum Formula of no-peace-with-
Israel is a rigid one. But the Americans were believed to have hinted
that the Jordanian attitude might not be as intransigent as Egypt's.
It was also learned here that President Johnson's letter to Eshkol,
(Continued on Page 16)

Conyers, Broomfield
Join Group Urging
Plane Sale„to Israel

El Fatah Guerrilla
Commandos Stopped,
Infiltrators Jailed

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

TEL AVIV — Thirteen El Fatah
saboteurs were killed and one was cap-
tured in a clash with an Israel army
patrol . north of Jericho Wednesday in
which one Israeli soldier was slightly
Wounded, a military spokesman an-
Three Israeli soldiers were injured
Wednesday morning when an army half-
track hit a mine near the new settle-
ment of Nahal Golan in the southeast
Golan Heights. It was believed that the
:mine was planted by saboteurs who in-
filtrated from Jordanian territory. An-
other mine was found and dismantled
at Tirat Zvi in the Beisan Valley.
The saboteurs killed near Jericho
wore camouflaged uniforms and com-
mando boots and carried large quanti-
ties of explosives. They were believed
to have crossed over from Jordan Tues-
day night. The captured man was said
to have been their guide.
Four Arab saboteurs were killed and
three Israeli soldiers were injured in a
series of shooting incidents along the
Jordan River over the weekend. In
(Continued on Page 6)

A group of 97 Congressmen on Wed-
nesday joined in bipartisan action urg-
ing President Johnson to sell Phantom
jet fighter planes to the state of
Co-sponsorship of this resolution
followS the demand that had been made
earlier by Congress-
men William
Broomfield and
Gerald Ford of
Michigan and by
Senators Everett
Dirksen of
and Hugh Scott of
John Conyers, Jr.,
the only Detroit
Rep. Conyers
man in the bipartisan group sponsoring
the new resolution, said in a speech to
the House of Representatives: "The
situation in the Middle East over the
last two decades has seen three wars
involving the very survival of the State
of Israel. There can indeed be no peace
in that part of the world if the
•(Continued on Page t)

Historic Bar lilitzva:

At the initiative of the Luba-
vitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, 16 Israeli boys (some seen
here) who lost their fathers in the Six-Day War, were feted in a moving and
emotion-filled Bar Mitzva arranged by the Israeli branch of the Lubavitch
Youth Organization, as part of the special activity set up by the rebbe to aid
the families of the fallen heroes. Among the 2,000 guests at the Heichal Hayeir
in Tel Aviv were numerous dignitaries and members of the military including
Generals Moshe Dayan (center) , Chaim Bar-Lev, Ariel Sharon, Yeshayahu
Gavish and Yisrael Tal. A cable from the Rebbe addressed to the Bar Mitzva
boys was read at the celebration. Each of the boys received numerous gifts
including a pair of Tefillin.

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