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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, December 6, 1968

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Israeli Ban on Bridge Vehicle Traffic
Leads to W. Bank Embargo as Protest

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

JERUSALEM — West Bank mer-
chants appear to have instituted an
embargo on shipments to and from
Jordan in an effort to force Israeli
authorities to lift their ban on
vehicular traffic over the Allenby
and Damiya bridges, the main cross
points.
The restriction, which took ef-
fect Tuesday, requires t r u c k s
transporting goods between the
West Bank and Jordan to unload
their cargoes, which are inspected
and carried across the bridges by
porters for reloading on the oppo-
site bank. No trucks crossed from
the Israeli side Wednesday.
Private cars are banned, and
passengers must cross the bridges
on foot and find transportation on
the other side. Several visitors re-
turning from Jordan Wednesday
had to walk half a mile after cross-
ing the Allenby Bridge before find-
ing taxis to take them home.
The new restrictions which halt-
ed Tuesday the previously heavy
traffic in goods and agricultural
produce between the West Bank
and Jordan were taken as a secu-
ity measure. Israeli authorities be-
lieve that the explosives used to
blast the Mahaneh Yehudah Market
in Jerusalem Nov. 22 were smug-
gled from Jordan concealed in a
truck.
The cabinet Monday put a
brake on a plan for economic
integration of the West Bank
with Israel. Its decision to vest
final approval of new enterprises
in the occupied territory with a
special ministerial committee
was at least a partial victory for
Minister Without Portfolio Pin-
has Sapir over Defense Minister
Moshe Dayan and Finance Min-
ister and Minister of Commerce
Zeev Sharef.
Sapir, the former finance min-
ister and now secetary-general of
the Israel Labor Party, wants to
keep the occupied territories segre-
gated from Israel. Gen. Dayan and
Sharef favor economic integration.
The cabinet decision Monday re-
versed a Nov. 29 cabinet committee
decision that gave Sharef sole
power to approve West Bank enter-
prises aided by government funds.
The effect of the decision will be
to slow down economic integration.
Each proposal will have to be
brought before the full ministerial
committee.
The unit will have to approve
the enterprise and the amount of
aid it is to be granted. Sapir had
objected earlier to two proposals
to establish factories on the West
Bank that would serve as subcon-
tractors for Israeli and other firms.
Sharef, who received a carte
blanche only last Friday,- had al-
ready urged world Jewry to assist
in establishing plants and factories
in the occupied territories.
The cabinet's consensus decision
was announced by Prime Minister
Levi Eshkol. Participants in Mon-
day's session were Menahem
Beigin, Mordecai Bentov, Gen.

Dayan, Moshe Kol, Zalman Aranne,
Joseph Saphir and Pinhas Sapir.
Dayan, Beigin and Joseph Saphir
are classed as "hawks" while Kol,
Aranne, Bentov and Pinhas Sapir
are considered "doves." Eshkol is
said to lean to the "hawks" but
tends to mediate between the two
camps rather than take sides.
In a television interview Sun-
day night, Gen. Dayan said the
crux of the ongoing debate was
what "practical measures" could
be taken on the West Bank and
in the Gaza Strip in the interim
period pending a peace settle-
ment. He explained that his plan
for economic integration was not
intended to turn West Bank
Arabs into Israeli citizens nor
did it involve annexation of the
territory.
He said, however, that the pres-
ent situation of no-peace, no-war
would not change within the year
and Israel must begin planning for
a third year of occupation.
He said that if a situation arises
that forces Israel to choose be-
tween holding its present lines and
a new war, the government would
have to examine the situation care-
fully. Its decision would depend on
what new lines were proposed and
against whom a new war might
have to be fought.
For the present, he said he be-
lieved the whole government
agreed that Israel must not with-
draw from the cease-fire lines
without a guaranteed peace.

Eygptian Armed Forces Are in Better Shape
Than Before June 1967, Newsman Writes

intended to relieve regulars government on the other," Cooley
wrote.
from irksome rearguard duties.
BOSTON—"In quality of equip- Students are also complaining
merit, training and morale, the about the compulsory military
Lead tb• way with
Egyptian armed forces are better training instituted in October,
he reported.
than they were before their crush-
"But this is not the main point
ing defeat in Israel's June 1967
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lightning attack, Christian Science of civilian military friction," Coo-
Monitor correspondent John K. ley wrote. "This lies rather in the
Our service is the best —
Cooley reported in a dispatch from often conflicting demands of ac-
our rates are low . . . why
tivist civilian intellectuals for more
Cairo Tuesday.
not comparet
militancy and national mobiliza-
According to Cooley, "The main tion against Israel on the one hand,
key to President Nasser's future while urging a complete withdraw-
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frontation with the Israeli foes lies
in Egypt's armed forces."
Cooley reported that through So-
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(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
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S yria Complains to UN that Israel
Is Building Atomic Reactor

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

UNITED NATIONS—Syria told
a United Nations committee con-
sidering disarmament Tuesday
that Israel is building an atomic
reactor which could produce atom-
ic bombs,
Addressing the political and se-
curity committee, Raffic Jouejati
said that Israel had rejected in-
spection and had not signed the
nuclear nonproliferation treaty.
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(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

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Jouejati said that mistrust be-
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and security and that the nonpro-
liferation treaty should be ratified
and go into force as soon as possi-
ble.
He added that by continuing its
occupation of Arab territories, Is-
rael bad given proof of colonialist
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1st Tact-Finding' Flight
From UJA Lands in Israel

TEL AVIV—Over 100 American-
Jewish community leaders landed
here Monday on the first of seven
weekly "fact-finding" flights spon-
sored by the United Jewish Appeal
to provide first-hand background
information in connection with
next year's Israel Emergency
Fund campaign.
The first group, led by Edward
Ginsberg, UJA general chairman,
and Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman,
executive vice chairman, was the
vanguard of more than 1,000 key
leaders from communities all over
the United States who will visit I
Israel.
The Emergency Fund campaign
was extended for its third year to
relieve Israel from the financial
burden of many social and human-
itarian programs because of the
strain on its resources for defense
and security, needs. .

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