Israeli. Colonel, Captain Killed in El Fatah Battle
TEL AVIV (JTA)—Two high-ranking Israeli officers, a colonel and a captain,
Who were killed in a running battle with a group of El Fatah saboteurs over the
weekend were buried Sunday. Seven of the eight terrorists were killed and the eighth
was wounded and captured. Four Israelis were wounded in the battle north of Jericho.
Col. Aryeh Regev, 35, commander of a brigade in the Jordan Valley, was
buried in the Tel Aviv military cemetery. Capt. Gad Manelleh, 22, who was decorated
for bravery during the Israeli attack last March on the Kararneh terrorist base in
Jordan, was buried at his kibutz, Tel Itzhak, near Natanya. Army officials said that
the eight marauders carried Soviet-style assault rifles, grenades, bazookas and
explosive charges and were apparently intended for a deep penetration into Israel
on sabotage assignments. In answer to questions about how such high-ranking officers
could have been casualties on an action of such limited dimensions, army officials
explained that their participation stemmed from the Israeli military doctrine that
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officers lead their men in action, a strategy which resulted in a high proportion of
officer casualties during warfare.
In a rash of weekend border incidents, Jordanians fired on Israeli patrols at
six locations and civilians at one spot in northern Israel. No casualties were reported.
Two Israeli border policemen were injured and hospitalized after their armored
patrol car hit a mine in the Beisan Valley.
Jordan last week hanged Mahmoud Osman, a Jordanian citizen. for allegedly
spying for Israel since 1962. Osman had been accused of supplying Israel with
military information for a monthly salary, it was reported in London.
Israeli Air Force planes drove off three Egyptian MIGs which penetrated the
Sinai Peninsula at the Israeli-held Suez Canal on July 25.
Two Arab marauders were killed Sunday in an encounter with an Israeli
patrol at Kibutz Maoz Chaim in Beisan Valley. (Related Stories Pages 8-12 and 22.)
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Action on Hijacking Delayed
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ra e unions
- aritime Forces Insist
on Release of El Al Plane, Crew;
Threaten Algeria With Boycott
NEW YORK (JTA)—The maritime committee of the American
Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations, joined by
the United States Workers, served notice on President Boumedienne of
Algeria that unless the hijacked El Al plane and all the occupants are
released immediately, "These unions will take all available steps against
the Algerian government including the picketing of all Algerian vessels
and the boycotting of all Algerian products."
A cable to the Algerian chief of state, signed by the presidents
of the six unions, denounced the hijacking of the plane, which is now
being held by Algeria as "a reprehensible act of piracy in violation of
.international law and humanitarian considerations."
The message was signed by Joseph Curran, president of the
National Maritime Union; Jesse Calhoon, president of the Marine Engi-
neers Beneficial Association; Capt. Sheldon, president of the Masters,
Mates and Pilots; William Steinberg, president of the American Radio
Association; Thomas Gleason, president of the International Longshore-
men's Association; John Grogan, president of the Marine and Ship-
building Workers of America; and Carroll Armstrong, president of the
Meanwhile, the International Transport Labor Federation, holding
Its 29th congress at Wiesbaden, voted unanimously Wednesday to pro-
claim a boycott of Algeria.
The West German Trade Union Congress issued a strong protest
Wednesday against Algeria. The German-Israel Society, with head-
quarters in Bonn, asked the International Air Transport Association
(IATA) to suspend Air Algeria, the Algerian airline, from the IATA
because of Algerian participation in "air piracy."
Mapai Appoints Sapir
Shard in Finance Post
TEL AVIV (JTA)—The Israeli press
questioned the wisdom of Premier Levi
Eshkol's move in add-
ing the finance port-
folio to Zeev Sharef's
duties as commerce
and industry minister.
The premier's an-
nouncement dealt with
a reshuffle in which
Finance Minister Pin-
has Sapir is to give
_up his post to become
retary- general of
;kol's Israel Labor
rty (Mapai) succeed-
hig, Mrs. Golda Meir,
wig) rejected all party
overtures to cancel her
Eshkol said that Sapir would serve as
secretary-general until the next party con-
vention and that he would remain in the
cabinet as a minister without portfolio.
The newspaper Maariv said the double
portfolio would be too much for Shard and
that Sapir would be too busy as secretary-
general to have any time for cabinet work.
(Direct JTA Teletype Wires to The Jewish News)
WASHINGTON — Algeria will hold off a decision on whether to release the hi-
jacked El Al Boeing 78 and 12 Israeli passengers and crew members until after
President Houari Boumedienne's cabinet was to confer on Thursday, according to re-
ports received here.
BASLE—The Federation of Swiss Trade Unions cabled an appeal Monday to the
Algerian Trade Union Organization to exert its influence with the Algerian govern-
ment to secure the release of the hijacked Israel airliner and 12 Israeli citizens.
The Swiss unionists stressed that trade unionists everywhere were vitally con-
cerned that there be no molesting of air traffic.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel stepped up today its pressure on Algeria to release
the seven crew members and five passengers of the hijacked El Al Boeing 707 airliner
still detained in Algiers after the release Saturday of seven women and three chil-
dren. The women included the airliner's three air hostesses. The remaining de-
tainees are all male Israeli nationals.
At the cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and Foreign Min-
ister Abba Eban were empowered to take appropriate international action to recover
the airlines and the 12 remaining detainees, including instructions to ask for. an
emergency session of the United Nations Security Council. The government spokes-
man said the issue of whether and when the request for the Security Council session
should be made was left to the discretion of the prime minister and the foreign min-
ister. It was indicated that majority opinion in the cabinet favored a council session
and that the request was largely a matter of timing. The Algerians initially released
18 non-Israeli nationals on the airliner almost immediately after the hijacked plane
landed in Algiers airport July 23.
Eban told the cabinet meeting that no government in the world was "deluding it-
self" that Israel could or would acquiesce in further delays on release of the plane
and the 12 detainees. He also said that, in all its 48 contacts with other governments
GOP Platform Committee Urged
to Act Against M.E. Appeasement
MIAMI BEACH—The Republican Party was urged to serve notice on the
Arab states and the Soviet Union that the United States will not appease them
at Israel's expense.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) called on the
Republic platform committee to adopt a plank which will "make it clear to all
nations that the people of the United States want a negoti-
ated Arab-Israel peace, that we are prepared to take the
action necessary to prevent another disastrous war and that
we will not falter or waver in these commitments."
The plank was submitted to the platform committee
by Irving Kane of Cleveland, AIPAC co-chairman, a non-
partisan organization representing a broad cross-section of
American Jewry. The committee, which has been based in
Washington since 1954, works for a U.S. - policy to achieve
an Arab-Israel peace.
Kane told the. platform committee that AIPAC's
views were shared by the overwhelming majority of the
American Jewish community. He submitted a letter of
endorsement from Rabbi Herschel Schacter, chairman of
the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which
has 22 affiliated national bodies. The American Jewish Committee has also
endorsed the plank, Kane said.
Kane predicted a new Soviet-Arab diplomatic offensive against Israel
after the November elections.
"Strong platform planks will have an impact on the Arabs and the
Russians," he declared, 'They will be listening to what is said at the political
The AIPAC plank emphasizes two issues:
One—to promote peace, there is no alternative to direct Arab-Israel
negotiations, which can settle all collateral issues.
Two—to prevent another war, the United States must provide Israel
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Phantoms Sale-to Israel
Elim'inated by Senate;
Supersonic Jets OK'd
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The foreign
relations committee submitted a' policy
statement to the Senate indicating that in
calling for the sale of "supersonic" military
jets to Israel it had "in mind a cash sale
for dollars, but the precise terms, as well
as the number and type of aircraft, are
left to the discretion of the President."
The committee report was referring to
a Senate amendment to the foreign aid
bill which called upon the President to
sell "supersonic" aircraft and deleted
specific reference to the sale of 50 Phantom
fighter - bomber jets as called for by a
House-approved amendment to the bill.
Following Senate adoption of the basic
legislation, a Senate-House conference will
reconcile differences in the Senate and
Although the substitute wording elim-
inated referrence to the Phantom jet
fighter-bombers, it did refer specifically to
"supersonic" aircraft. The Douglas Sky-
hawk jets provided to Israel under a pre-
vious agreement are subsonic and obso-
lescent. No supersonic military jets have
been sold to Israel by the U.S.