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August 08, 1969 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-08-08

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18—Friday, Atogust 3, 1969


Division in Israel Labor Party
Complicates Political Debates

(Continued from Page 15)
on all fronts have amounted to
2.100, including 400 dead.
He referred to the fighting along
the 103-mile waterway as a battle
that would decide if there is to be
a battle of the Suei Canal. If Israel
succeeds in this battle, it will have
forestalled an Egyptian attempt to
regain the Sinai peninsula, he said.
Addressing an audience of 3,000
at the opening session of the con-
vention, Premier Golda Meir ap-
pealed for party unity. She ad-
dressed herself specifically to
disaffected members of the Rafi
faction within the party who are
supporters of Gen. Dayan. Mrs.
Meir insisted that "what divides
as is less important than what
unites us." She warned that
peace Is still far off and unity
was imperative on both a na-
tional and party level.
Dayan told an American Zionist
audience that the establishment of
new Israeli settlements in strategic
areas of the occupied Arab terri-
tories was more important than
declarations of annexation which
he considered unwise at the present
Gen. Dayan spoke at the closing
session of the 60th annual conven-
tion of Mizrachi Organization of
America, the religious Zionist or-
ganization. "Deeds are more im-
portant than resolutions," he de-
clared. As long as the Arabs re-
fuse to make peace, Israel must
prepare its security boundaries by
"creating the facts of settlements
in the occupied territories," Gen.
Dayan said.
He said that Israel must also
create conditions of co-existence
with the Arabs in those territories,
not as an occupying power but
rather as two free nations living
with each other.
Replying to questions, the de-
fense minister said that the reac-
tivation of the Arab Eastern Com-
mand and the increased threat it
posed made new demands on Is-
raeli manpower and materiel. But
he cautioned the Arabs that any ag-
gression on their part "carries the
seeds of an Israeli victory."
Here Gen. Dayan paraphrased
Napoleon adding that "every ag-
gressive Arab leader carries an-
other Israeli victory in his knap-
sack." Asked about the Soviet role
in Arab armed forces. Gen. Dayan
said Russians did not pilot Arab
planes in the recent attacks by
Egyptian and Syrian aircraft. "but
they were standing not far away
and were directing."
He said that Russians were seek-
ing to increase their political in-
fluence in the Middle East and pos-
sibly establish bases there. Mean-
while, they are tightening "the
strings of dependency which bind
the Arab states" to Moscow.
Another speaker, Interior Minis-
ter Moshe Shapiro, stressed that
Israel would hold to its present
boundaries as long as the Arabs
refused peace negotiations.
Allon said in a radio interview
Sunday that Jewish settlement in
the West Bank town of Hebron
was essential to the nation's se-
curity apart from Hebron's his-
torical associations. He said that
militarily Hebron was a key to
the region south of Jerusalem
and that-the Etzion settlements
in that area ensured Israel's
control of the Hebron ridge.
Allon said that security settle-
ments must be based on current
needs and future defense require-
ments. He said he was convinced
that once Israel firmly established
its security borders, those bound-
aries would in time be recognized.
The town of Hebron, which had
no Jewish population since 1936,
was resettled by a group of re-
ligious Jews a year and a half ago.
Though the group had no official
permission at the time, they have

United Nations Secretary Gener-
al U Thant, through his spokes-
man, reminded Israel Monday that
the Nov. 22. 1967 resolution adopt-
ed by the Security Council called
for the withdrawal of Israel's arm-
ed forces from the territories they
occupied in the Six-Day War.
Thant's reminder was a reaction
to press reports that the Israel
Cabinet and the Israel Labor Party
had decided to keep substantial
portions of the occupied territory.
With regard to the West Bank. the
decision was that no foreign armies
would be permitted on the west
side of the Jordan.
The UN spokesman said that
while the secreary general "has
no comment on this resolution
per se, he has frequently em-
phasized the need for a just and
peaceful solution in the Middle
East in the context of the Se-
curity Council resolution of Nov.
22, 1967." In response to one
question as to whether Thant had
in mind the phrase in the resolu-
tion calling for Israeli withdraw-
al, the spokesman said. "the sec-
retary general is taking the res-
olution as a whole."
(In washington, State Depart-
ment spokesman Carl Bartch
termed the Israel Labor Party
platform pronouncement on Israeli
boundaries an internal Israeli po-
litical question at this point but
asserted that the U.S. government
nevertheless stands behind the
Nov. 22, 1967, U.S. resolution on
withdrawal of forces from terri-
tories occupied in the Six-Day

(He stressed that the United
States could not concern itself with

an internal political position be-
cause it was not yet established
policy of the Israeli government.
(The Christian Science Monitor
reported from Beirut Wednesday
that Arab diplomats were discuss-
ing the possibility of calling an-
other session of the UN Security
Council "to discuss Israel's defi-
ance of last month's Security
Council resolution calling for a
halt to Israeli integration mea-
sures in East Jerusalem."
(The dispatch from Monitor
correspondent John K. Cooley also
reported that "Indications of Is-
rael's territorial ambitions which
have emerged from the ruling Is-
raeli Labor Party's convention in
Tel Aviv, come as no surprise to
Arab capitals." The correspond-
ent quoted a Lebanese editor as
declaring that "Dayan has outlin-
ed the nucleus of the new Israeli
empire. The cards are on the
table, and it is clear to the Arabs
now what they will have to fight
for." Headlines in other Arab
papers, Cooley reported, stressed
that the territorial plan aired at
Tel Aviv "bares Israels expansion-
ist intentions.")

Rumored Diplomatic
Shifts Not Confirmed
by Israel Government

about impending shifts of Israeli
envoys in several foreign capitals,
which have been circulating for
weeks, were reported by local
newspapers but the Israel Foreign

Ministry could give no confirma-
According to the unconfirmed re-
ports, Asher Ben Nathan will soon
complete his term of office as Is-
x-ael's first ambassador to West
Germany to be succeeded by Elya-
shiv Ben-Horm, the foreign minis-
try deputy general director.
Aharon Remez, the ambassador
to Britain, reportedly will be re-
placed by Michael Comany, former
Israeli ambassador to the United
Nations. Rafael Benshalom, now
serving in Cambodia, was reported
slated to become ambassador to

been permitted to remain. Hebron
is the site of the Machpela cave,
To make light of philosophy is
reputedly the tomb of the Biblical
to be a true'philosopher.—Pascal.

UN Members Reluctant to Join Human Rights Probe

UNITED NATIONS (JTA) —, said that the UN could not remain "opposing them." He asserted that
The United Nations is still unable I "indifferent" to the fact that the one Arab girl had suffered pasUal
situation in the region had paralysis as a result of alleged toil
to round up member nations who legal
ge d a
y s mili tary action, ture and that another suspect be-
be en changed
are willing to serve on a General' which
nsaid was m
con trar y to the came blind from use of a strong
Assembly mission to investigate provisions of the UN Charter de- light in her eyes during question-
the conditions among Arabs in Is- Glaring illegal any territorial gains ing.
acquired through military action.
He added that Israeli newspaPers
raeli-occupied territories,
He asked the UN Commission had "verified the truth" of such In-
Fourteen countries have declin- - on Human Rights, which gave the cidents and that one newspaper

ed requests. Among those who
turned down requests recently by
Peruvian Ambassador Luis Al-

working committee its mandate, "even counseled" Israel against M-
to visit the occupied territories, ing such methods. Israeli officials

and he challenged Israel to grant have dissmissed such charges as
permission for such a visit. Israel nonsense.
The six-member committee left
has declared that the working
committee would be permitted to July 30 for Geneva, where it will
visit the occupied areas only if
remain till Saturday to hear wit-
nesses on conditions in southern
its members also examined Is-
raeli complaints of mistreatment Africa. The UN set up two cOm-
mittees, one for the Middle East
of Jews in Arab countries.
and one for Africa, both with
The student charged that Israel's
information minister, Israel Galili, the same membership. The group
December, saying it would not ad- had
be in Beirut Aug. 11.12; in
announced plans to evict 50,000
mit the mission unless there were
Damascus on Aug. 13.14; in Am-
Arabs from occupied areas with an
comparable efforts to investigate
on Aug. 16.18; and in Cairo,
a nnounced
nnced budget of 40,000,000
the condition of Jews in Arab na - pounds

Aug. 20.23.
(about $12,000,000 and with
Li ons .
UN officials said that, in response
the areas to be resettled by Jews.
The late president of the Gen- He added that the plan had been to inquiries from the committee.
eral Assembly, Emilio Arenales of "confirmed" by Israeli Foreign the governments of Jordan, Leba-
Guatemala, had difficulty finding Minister Abba Eban. He charged non. Syria and Egypt promised full

varado, who made them on be-
half of the assembly, have been
Italy, Mexico and Chile. The Phil-
lipihes and Romania have not re-
sponded. The Arab delegations
here have pressed for early action.
Israel bitterly opposed the as-
sembly resolution for the probe ,
p assed by a minority vote last

candidates for the mission before also that he has sought to visit his , cooperation.
he died a few months ago. Secre- parents during his school vacation
UN , , after the June 1967 war and that
polled UN
Lary General U Thant polled

members on means of finding a the Israelis had refused him per-
successor to Arenales to carry out mission to do so.
the latter's residual functions.
Data Processing, Program-
He also charged that "terrible
Following this inquiry,
methods of torture" were used by
ming _Services, and _Key-
other vice presidents of the 23rd the Israelis on Arabs suspected of
punching IBM 360 Com-
assembly sessions appointed Al.
varado to operate on their be-
For Free Estimatir Calh
half for this purpose.
Meanwhile, a Cairo University
law student expressed the hope,
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ies, that "appropriate legal and
economic sanctions" would be im-
posed on Israel, the UN reported.
The meeting was held prior to
the departure of the six-member
committee for Geneva leading to a
series of visits to Arab capitals,
starting Saturday.
Mahmoud Nasser, 25, the student,
was the only witness to appear
before the working committee. He ,




Pro-Arab MP in Britain
Gets Threatening Letters;
Her Party Backs Israel

LONDON—A Labor member of
Parliament and a local party
member who complained about the
MP's extreme pro-Arab attitude
have both received threatening
Mrs. Margaret McKay. Labor
MP for Clapham. said that her
views on the Middle East had
brought her unpleasant anonymous I
letters and telephone calls for at
least the past 18 months. But they ,
recently increased after she and
four other MPs placed an adver-
tisement in the Times "to salute
the Palestinians rendered home-
less and those in occupied terri-
The advertisement included a
quotation from Shelly which was
criticized by many as being, in
the context, racial and anti-Semitic.
The Clapham Labor Party later
dissociated itself from the adver-
tisement after discussing a com-
plaint from David Stimpson, a
former party secretary. Stimpson
said he had also received a
threatening letter calling biro "a
marked man."
Meanwhile, a strong resolution
on the Middle East situation pro-
claiming Israel's "absolute right"
to exist as a sovereign state and
to enjoy the right of free passage
through international water-
ways has been included on the
agenda of the forthcoming
British Labor Party conference
and appears certain of adoption.
The resolution, sponsored by
the British Poale Zion, also ex-
presses concern that no advance
has yet been made toward peace
in the Middle East; records the
conviction that cease-fire violations
and terrorism are an escalation
towards a new war; and deplores
the continuing unbalanced supply
of arms to the Middle East. The
party conference will open at
Brighton Sept. 29_

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