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August 08, 1969 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-08-08

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Syrian Troops Join Jordanian
Anti-Israel War; Terrorists'
Acts Mount; More Suez Battles

LONDON (JTA)—British press
reports from thte Middle East as-
sert that Syrian troops have moved
into Jordan. describing the pur-
ported development as evidence of
greater cooperation between the
Arab states in support of Egyptian

President Nasser's proclaimed goal
of wearing Israel down by attrition.

The Sunday Observer reported

that Israel priately told the Big
Four towers that unless the Mid-

dle East cease fire was re-estab-
lished and direct Arab-Israel nego-

tiations were resumed promptly
through United Nations peace
emissary Gunnar Jarring. Israel
would take more drastic military
action to end the "war of attri-
tion." The Observer's correspond-
ent. Robert Stephens. said he had
learned from authoritative Israeli
sources that Israel had also trans-
mitted a specific warning to Jor-
dan. He wrote this purported warn-
ing stemmed not only from con-
tinuation of guerrilla operations
from Jordanian bases but also from
recent Egyption efforts to encour-
age Syria. Iraq and Jordan to
strengthen the Eevptian-sponsored
"Eastern Command" of Syria. Iraq
and Jordan. He added: however.
that Israel believes there is no
front where the Arab armies have
the advantage and that it can take
sneedy action to frustrate the at-
trition goal without sparking a full-
sc al^ war.
John Bulloch of the Telegranh,
renorting from Beirut, asserted
that the Syrians moved into Jor-
dan with tanks, anti-aircraft guns

and heavy artillery.

David Hirst of the Guardian re-
ported that Arabs have hailed
Syria's first air attack last Thurs-
day at Israeli positions at Mount
Hermon, calling the Syrian attack
evidehce of growing coordination
between the ruling Baathist party
and Egynt.
Paul Martin of the Times wrote
that "the slow but encouraging re-
sponse" to Nasser's call for great-
er military cooperation indicated
that the Arabs were ready to de-
velop a new military strategy
against Israel. Martin also asserted
that Egypt's new belligerency had
made the Syrians "look tame" and
that it was Egyptian aerial. pene-
tration into Sinai last month which
led the Syrians to make an "osten-


no casualties. Three Israeli sol-
diers were slightly injured in an
exchange of artillery and small
arms fire with Egyptian forces
across the Suez Canal Tuesday
East Jerusalem police investi-
gating underground terrorist cells
there discovered a hidden cache
of small arms, hand grenades and
explosives. Twenty Arabs have
been detained for questioning.
An Israeli policeman was
wounded Monday when a hand
grenade was thrown at two police
cars in the Gaza area. An army
ambulance taking the injured man
to the hospital was also attacked
with a grenade which slightly
wounded a soldier. Army units are
searching the Gaza Strip for the
gang responsible for the series of
were considered by observers grenade attacks in recent days.
here as still another proof of Nas-
Israeli traffic to and from Sinai
ser's urgent need for relief from

tatious buildup" on the cease-fire
line with Israel "to save face." He
reported that even the Lebanese
had announced full support for a
new Arab summit meeting to co-
ordinate strategy against Israel.
However, the Times correspond-
ent reported, the 15,000 Iraqi
troops stationed at the north end
of the Jordan Valley leave much
to be desired in the way of inter-
Arab military coordination and
"the Syrians have yet to prove
that their weapons include more
than mere slogans." He added that
while the small Saudi Arabian con-
tingent has "proved more coopera-
tive. it has yet to be used effective-
ly" in the new Nasser-inspired
military design.
The reports of Syrian deployment
along Jordan's northern border

Israeli pressure on the Suez Canal
sector which he hopes to obtain by
diverting Israel's attention to other
fronts. The observers noted that
the reported entrance and deploy-
ment had not been confirmed by
either Jordan or Syria.
The observers said that if the
reports were true. it appeared that
the new "eastern command" of the
Arabs—Iraq. Syria and Jordan—
had been asked by Nasser to take
immediate action and that the
Syrian troop entry was the initial
response. It was reported that the
Saudi Arabian brigade now in
Southern Jordan would be rein-
forced. making King Hussein head
of a state harboring four foreign
armies—those of Iraq. Syria, Saudi
Arabia and the El Fatah terrorist
El Fatah said in a Cairo


was temporarily diverted from the
Gaza Strip.

Four Arab guerrillas were
killed in an encounter with an
Israeli patrol south of the Dead
Sea Monday night, a military
spokesman announced. A fifth
member of the gang apparently

got away. Four Kalachnikoff ri-
fles and a 70 mm mortar were

found on the bodies along with
a quantity of explosives.
Israeli and Egyptian forces ex-
changed small arms fire in the

Kantara region of the Suez Canal
Monday night. Small arms and
mortar fire were directed at an

Israeli patrol in the vicinity of
Kuneitra in the Golan Heights.
Kiryat Shemona, a new immi-
grant township near the Leban-
ese border, experienced its sec-
ond Katyusha rocket attack in
broadcast that United Nations
48 hours Monday. The first at-
truce observers at the Suez Canal
occurred Friday, slightly
stand in the way of Arab con-
injiwing an 18-year-old girl.
quest of Palestine and Israel-
housing units were dam-
held areas. "Anyone who blocks
aged, four of them severely.
the way to liberation is our
The second attack caused no
enemy and will be declared as
such," said the broadcast heard casualties but damaged the town's
system. The damage done by
assault was inspected by
The broadcast came in the wake Friday's
Golda Meir and Defense
of the arrival of a UN observer
Dayan who visited
mission in Cairo to investigate the
death of Maj. B. Roland Plane, Kiryat Shemona Friday accompa-
of Staff Maj.
Swedish observer killed when an
Gen. Chaim Bar Lev and Gen.
artillery shell struck his post.
David Elazar, commanding officer
Israeli Major Trips Arabs
of Israeli's Northern Command.
Plotting Terrorism in Gaza
Mrs. Meir hailed the new settlers
TEL AVIV (JTA) A gun-battle, for the fortitude they displayed un-
western style, was waged in the der attack.
streets of Gaza Tuesday when an
The premier and her group vis-
Israeli army major shot it out
with a -gang of terrorists after a ited several newly established set-
the Golan Heights
hand grenade was hurled at a lo- which they in reached
by helicopter.
cal cafe. When the smoke cleared, I Mrs. Meir spoke to the
settlers and
one terrorist was dead and another disclosed that two new settlements
wounded. The major himself was would be established shortly in the
wounded, and two Israeli soldiers occupied Syrian territory.
were slightly injured by the gren-
Two Arab saboteurs were killed
ade blast. All were hospitalized.
in an encounter with an Israeli
The incident occurred in the af- patrol in the Jordan Valley over
ternoon when terrorists threw two the weekend as a massive search
grenades at a group of Israeli continued in the Gaza Strip and
soldiers outside the Abu Azziz Cafe. deep into Sinai for the murderer
The cafe is on Gaza's main street of an Israeli public works depart-
facing the civil administrative of- ment foreman near Gaza. An Is-
fices of the military government. raeli border policeman was injured
The Israeli major, who was not when his patrol was attacked by
identified, came on the scene acci- bazooka and small arms fire east
dentally. He pulled out his pistol of Ashdod Yaacov in the Beisan
and opened fire on the terrorists, Valley. Another border policeman
who were concealed in an alley. was injured in a clash in the same

10 Friday, Aagest 3, 1969


Lawrence of Arabia a Double Dealer?
Book Says He Was Aiding Only British

LONDON — Controversy is rife
over not-yet-published evidence
suggesting that Lawrence of
Arabia was working behind the
scenes trying to establish British
control of the Middle East with
the help of Jewish financing.
This comes as quite a surprise
to the Arabs, who long have
thought T. E. Lawrence was cham-
pioning their cause in the former
Ottoman territories.
Proof copies of the book, "The
Secret Lives of Lawrence of
Arabia," by Phillip Knightley and
Colin Simpson are reportedly be-
ing grabbed up on the literary
black market for several times the
publisher's price. The book is to
be published next month.
According to the authors, who
researched public records in Lon-
don and official Zionist papers in
Israel, Lawrence "knew all the
time that British policy, which he
had a hand in formulating, was
directly opposed to the sort of
freedom the Arabs wanted, to the
type of postwar state they believed
they had been promised and were
fighting for."
Under the Sykes-Picot agree-
ment with Britain, the French
were promised Syria. In a con-
fidential letter to a collaborator
in the Arab revolt, Lawrence

outlined a plan for easing the
French out of Syria and making
it a "brown dominion" within the
British Empire, supported by
international Jewish money in
exchange for consessions from
Faisal, the Arab leader.
Wrote Lawrence: "Zionists are
not a government, and not British,
and their action does not infringe
on the Sykes-Picot agreement.

They are also Semites and Pales-
tinian, and the Arab government
is not afraid of them (can cut all
their threats, or better, pull all
their teeth out, when it wishes).
"With the Arabs providing the

land, international Jewry will
finance the whole East, I hope,
Syria and Mesopotamia alike,"
wrote Lawrence. "High Jews are
unwilling to put much cash into
Palestine only, since that country
offers nothing but a sentimental
return. They want 6 per cent"




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The shooting continued until both
sides ran out of ammunition. By
then, other Israeli soldiers arrived
and opened fire on the fleeing
terrorists. The dead Arab was
identified as Mandi Mustaffa Has-
san. His wounded companion was
taken to a hospital.
In other action Wednesday, a
border police patrol was attacked
in the Ashdod Yaacov area of the
Northern Beisan Valley. The po-

lice returned tthe fire and suffered

region Friday and a saboteur was
killed there the previous day.
The murdered foreman was Shi-
mon Levi, 41, of Beersheba, who
was in charge of a crew building
a road to a Gaza refugee camp. He
was found dead with at least 15
bullets fired into him at point
blank range. His Arab driver and
several Arab workers were de-
tained for questioning. The truck
driver, a 22-year-old man from

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