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March 28, 1969 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-03-28

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Israel Hits Deal for Return of Pilot's Body; 1
Announces Policy of Striking at Terrorists

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Israeli offi-1 destroy" mission aimed at knock-
cials were infuriated Monday by a ing out guerrilla bands before
Jordanian demand for the release they could launch forays against
of three El Fatah prisoners in re-! Israel. He said all of the planes
turn for the body of Lt. Shaul Gil- returned safely to their bases.
boa, an Israeli fighter pilot whosel Amman radio said Wednesday
jet was shot down over Jordanian, that four Israeli jet fighter bomb-
territory last Friday, the evening ers struck a populated area 15
newspaper Maariv reported. I miles northwest of Amman killing
The Jordanian demand was re- 18 civilians and wounding 25
portedly transmitted through the. others in a bomb and rocket at-
International Red Cross which Is- tack. It claimed that the target
rael had asked to arrange for the was Al Jazira village in the Salt
return of the pilot's remains. area which consists of a number
The newspaper recalled that the of restaurants frequented by trav-
Jordanians returned a coffin filled elers from the west bank of the
with mud when they said they Jordan. According to a Jordanian
were returning the body of an Is- military spokesman, 10 of the
raeli soldier killed in the attack on wounded, were seriously hurt. He
the El Fatah base at Karamah said the raid damaged six trans-
just a year ago. Maariv said it port trucks, two automobiles and
was not likely that Israel would six civilian homes.
The policy of striking guerrilla
agree to the Jordanian "black-
bases and training camps with
mail."
The plane, a French-built Oura- aerial rocket and machinegun fire
ganne, caught fire and was seen has been under way for some
crashing inside Jordanian terri- time. Planes have been seen
tory about 200 yards south of the streaking into Jordan on many oc- ,
Allenby bridge. No parachute was casions, but Israeli military
seen. Amman radio said that spokesmen have neither confirm-
the downed jet was a French- ed nor denied the raids which are
made Mystere and claimed that brief and localized.
Last week, however, the policy
two Israeli vehicles and three
artillery positions had been hit by was unveiled and explained on a
Jordanian fire. Israeli officials Jerusalem radio broadcast by
said two Israeli soldiers were Gen. Haim Herzog, former chief
of Israel intelligence. Gen. Herzog !
wounded in Friday's fighting.
The downed jet was one of two said the new policy was intended
Israeli planes called into action to seek out and destroy guerrilla '
following a 00-ininutt artillery and saboteur bands before they
duel in the neighborhood of the attacked Israeli territory.
"Until now we have only acted
military
A
Allenby Bridge.
spokesman said the Jordanians in reprisal, which meant that the
began the exchange of fire in decision for military activity lay
support of a gang of saboteurs in Arab hands," Gen. Herzog said.
who had come under fire from ! "Now, the policy is to seek them
an Israeli patrol white trying to • out and attack them while training
cross the river back into Jordan- or organizing." He said the new
ian territory. The saboteurs I policy has forced the guerrillas to
were hampered by the dense i reorganize into smaller groups and
vegetation along the river bank has considerably hampered their
operational effectiveness.
and rain-swollen waters.
The bodies of two of the sabo- Observers here believe the air
teurs were found Monday in the strike policy stemmed from les-
sons learned in last year's heavy
vegetation. A spokesman said the
ground assault by Israeli forces
infiltrators may have suffered
on the El Fatah base at Kara-
more casualties which they drag-
meh, then the largest guerrilla
ged back across the river.
The Air Force announced that I training base in Jordan. The
Lt. Gilboa. who was 23. has been I attack was a costly one and
promoted posthumously to the' gave El Fatah international
rank of captain. prestige although it suffered
Tho downed jet was the first more than 150 dead and many
confirmed loss of an Israeli plane wounded. The base was heavily
since Israel started using aircraft damaged and was eventually
in anti-guerrilla warfare. abandoned.
A military spokesman announc-
Air strikes are swifter, more
ed that Israeli jets struck at ter- effective and much less costly in
rorist bases south of Salt in Jor- manpower, although they carry
clan Wednesday on a "search and the risk of losing a trained pilot
and an expensive jet. The Israeli
air strikes are considered to be
more effective against guerrillas
than similar U.S. air strikes
against the Viet Cong because the
terrain is largely bare of vegeta-
tion and offers few hiding places.
On the other hand, Israeli auth-
orities concede that the use of air
power enhances the prestige of
the guerrillas while exposing the
inability of the established Arab
governments to strike back. The
guerrillas thereby gain in stature
with the Arab masses.
Residents of the West Bank and
the Gaza Strip failed to heed a
call for a general strike and dem-
onstration broadcast by Amman
radio March 21 on the first anni-
versary of Israel's retaliatory at-
tack on Karameh March 21, 1968.
The strike call was announced
by the Committee for the Rescue
of Jerusalem "to symbolize the
Arab peoples' determination to
continue the struggle against Zion-
ist occupation."
Phone: EL. 3-2110
An Israeli spokesman said the
Jordanian incitement had failed
G
but noted that high winds and tor-

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