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October 04, 1968 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-10-04

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Israelis Rap Thant on Peace Talks,
Say He Is Misinformed on Facts

Guatemalan Foreign Minister
Emilio Arenales Catalan, who
was elected president of the
23rd UN General Assembly, is
shown here with UN Secretary
General U Thant beside him.
* * *

Thant said that in 1949 "at the
Rhodes negotiaitons . . . the re-
pective parties" were "brought to-
gether in meetings under the
chairmanship of the acting medi-
ator (Dr. Ralph Bunche) to form-
alize agreements reached by in-
direct talks through him."
The Israeli circles said that
Thant had been "misinformed."
"The 1949 negotiations took place
not only at Rhodes," they said.
"The agreement with Syria was
negotiated in Switzerland and
the agreement with Lebanon at
at Rosh Hanikrah (Israel). In all
these cases, the negotiations were
held in formal conferences and
official protocols were kept.
"As in any other conference, un-
derstandings were sometimes
reached informally but at all
times this was done in joint meet-
ings between official representa-
tives of the parties. In any case,
the refusal of the Arab states to
negotiate with Israel is by no
means a matter of procedure but
reflects their negative position of
substance."
Thant expressed the belief
that all parties in the Middle
East want Jarring to continue
his efforts to find a settlement
of the Arab-Israel dispute. The
UN official declined to comment
on the reasons for what a cor-
respondent called the "stale.
mate" in Dr. Jarring's negotia-
tions and said the envoy will
make his own report and assess-
ment "at the proper time."
Thant met the UN correspond-
ents on the eve of the opening of
the 23rd General Assembly. The
Palestine question was formally
transferred from the agenda of
the 22nd assembly—its only "un-
finished business." ,— and given
a high priority on the new ses-
sions' agenda.
A warning that the Middle East
was a danger spot that could "gen-
erate fresh dangers for mankind"
was given the Assembly's opening
session by Foreign Minister Cor-
neliu Manescu of Rumania, who
was president of the previous ses-
sion.
The United States mission to the
UN announced that Louis Stul-
berg, president of the Internation-
al Ladies Garment Workers Union,
had been appointed a member of
the mission. The committee on
non-governmental organizations, a
permanent committee of the Eco-
nomic and Social Council, voted
to have the Agudas Israel World
Organization and the Consultative
Council of Jewish Organizations
retain their consultative status.

NEW YORK (JTA) — Israeli
circles criticized Secretary Gen-
eral U Thant for his apparent sup-
port of the Arab position against
direct negotiations with Israel. The
basis of their criticism was Thant's
introduction to his report to the
23rd General Assembly on United
Nations activities between June 16,
1967 and June 15, 1968.
In that document, the secretary-
general implicitly chided Israel for
its insistence on direct negotions.
The Israelis also took issue with
Thant's versions of the 1949 armis-
tice talks between Israel- and Arab
states which he cited as an exam-
ple of indirect negotiations leading.
to substantive results.
Thant said in the introduction
to his report "Ambassador (Gun-
nar V.) Jarring's efforts to pro-
mote agreement among the parties
to the Middle East dispute have
been impeded by disagreement
among them thus far on the pro-
cedure to be employed in taking
up substantive questions."
He said one side (Israel) insists
on a face-to-face confrontation
while the other side (Arabs) has
rejected (Nov. 22, 1967) resolution
with Ambassador Jarring as the
intermediary."
Thant said that "such a dialogue
cannot be fruitful if it is substan-
tive on one side but only procedur-
al on the other." He added that
"it would seem to me that as a
general rule the emphasis should
be on the results rather than on
the procedure."
Detroit native MURIEL GREEN-
The Israeli circles agreed with
Thant's assertion that Dr. Jar- SPON sang and acted three roles
rings's efforts "must be discreet in three operas performed by the
and confidential." They added, in New York City Opera last week.
an apparent illusion to the Thant For Puccini's "II Trittico," she
report, that "this of course should played Frugola in "II Taborro,"
apply to all forms of publicity and the Princepessa in "Suor Angelica"
and Zita in "Gianni Schicchi."
official reports."

MEDITERRANEAN

SYRIA

Yom Kippur Services Arranged at Patriarchs' Tomb in Hebron

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A minis- dent of the Moslem Council in shofar within the mosque corn-
terial committee of the Cabinet East Jerusalem, who is regarded pound, all in violation, he said,
allowed Defense Minister Gen. as the supreme Moslem religious of an agreement between the
Moshe Dayan to work out arrange- authority on the West Bank, led Moslem community and the mili-
ments with Moslem religious lead- a protest against permission grant- tary governor.
ers in Hebron so that Jewish ed the Hebron Jews to bold their
settlers there could hold Yom Rosh Hashana services at the
Kippur services at the Patriarchs' tomb. He claimed that the Jewish
WHEN YOU -:/1 A COCKTAIL
worshipers exceeded the time al-
tomb.
lotted to non-Moslem visitors to
A conflict had developed be-
the mosque and sounded the
ACCad ag
tween the Moslems and the Ortho-
dox Jews because the Tomb site
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is located in the compound of the THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, October 4, 1968-7
Ibrahimi mosque.

The committee, whose session
was held at the request of Minister
for Religious Affairs Dr. Zerach
Warhaftig, also decided to let the
Israel Army chaplaincy corps re-
tain responsibility for Jewish re-
ligious needs in the area for the
time being.
The cabinet recently removed
administrative control of the West
Bank territories from the military
government and vested it in a
ministerial committee headed by
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol.
Sheikh Hilmi el Muhtasib, presi-

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