THE JEWISH NEWS
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Vol. LVI, No. 16
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Meany Sees Danger in 'Bartering
Israel's Freedom,' Warns That Oil
Interests Misdirect U.S. Policies
WASHINGTON (JTA) — President George Meany of the AFL-CIO, speaking for
the American trade union movement, called upon the U.S. government Tuesday to
"cease bartering away the freedom of Israel and trying to appease Soviet and Arab
Meany called a special press conference because he viewed Israel's plight as
critical and thought too little public attention was focused upon the Nixon administra-
tion's "change of direction."
Official Israel Is Mum.
But People in Street Gay
Over L'Af faire Gunboat
The union leader openly charged that "big business interests" were influencing
the administration against Israel. He said that "certain American bankers and oil in-
terests" were concerned about investments in Arab states, and he insisted that for-
eign policy should not be determined by "the profit picture."
Meany asked the government to "insist that the only mechanism to achieve a
lasting peace in the Middle East is direct negotiations," rather than an imposed Big
He called for the supply of Phantom jets and other arms to Israel to maintain
a balance. Meany also charged that "The administration is changing direction, it is
LONDON (JTA)—Five gunboats speeding across the Mediterranean
In the direction of Israel were reported Tuesday to be playing tag with
Soviet ships trying to shadow them. The Royal Air Force also has
appeared on the scene.
The London Daily Express correspondent reported from Malta
Sat two Soviet ships that looked like tankers maneuvered close to
the gunboats' course but were soon left behind by the small craft that
ware making their top speed of 40 knots. The correspondent said that
moving down the road of appeasement."
Iwo RAF Canberras dived down within 1,200 feet of the Russian ships
and also criscrossed the two gunboats.
The gunboats were reparted to have made rendezvous with Israeli
He warned that "such appeasement would only give credit to the Soviets and
Egypt for achieving through diplomatic blackmail and political maneuvering all they
failed to win on the battlefield." He said that such appeasement was "unworthy of
A secret State Department study has concluded that any attempt to pressure Is-
naval units between Sicity and Sardinia Sunday and to have refueled
from an Israeli tanker.
Maritime sources said the gunboats were moving steadily toward
Israel, keeping well north of the Egyptian shoreline. They were ex-
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rael by withholding arms deliveries would be useless or even counterproductive. The
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ARAB MILITARY FORCES
ARMY TANKS ARTILLERY
AIR FORCE PLANES I NAVY VESSELS
3 ' 7 " BOATS
Shades of Mid-1940s: Expedience
Again Afflicts Israel's Position
Exclusive to The Jewish News
WASHINGTON, D. C.—When Dr. Stephen S. Wise, on a Zionist mission in
London, in the mid-1940s, pleaded for the lives of fellow Jews who were still
in displaced persons camps and were homeless and helpless, with hardly an
avenue open to them toward a haven of refuge, he was told by British Foreign
Office spokesmen that it was expedient not to open Palestine's doors to the
survivors from Nazism.
Then—it was in the era when President Harry S Truman first asked Great
Britain to admit 100,000 DPs—it became evident that the British mandatory
power not only was appeasing Arabs but was turning its back on the Balfour
Declaration and on pledges for the creations of a Jewish State . . Then—in the
period of Ernest Bevin's rule—the British Foreign Office gave evidence of being
an anti-Semitic cell.
In our Nation's Capital there is evidence at this moment that what had
happened in the years of Zionist struggles to provide homes for the remnant
of Jews who survived the Holocaust. may be repeating itself today as a negation
of the humanitarian efforts of President Truman.
If ever there was suspicion that claims to expedience again are being made
by those who are making concessions to the pro-Arab elements. to Nasser and
to Hussein. it is now.
It is as if the pages of history are being turned back and what the Benin
crowd told the late Rabbi Wise 25 years ago are being repeated in an atmosphere
in Washington which spells danger to Israel and to Israelis, to the Zionist idea
and to the hopes of the Jewish people to perpetuate the gains which have been
acquired through the superhuman .lowish tasks for all time to end the home-
lessness of Jews who w ere the victims of centuries of persecutions.
As in the time of Bevin and (lenient Attlee, just about 25 years ago, the
rumors that fly about again involve the oil interests.
Once again we hear about the oil magnates pressuring President Nixon and
his administration, warning of the dangers to the vast oil empires from enraged
Arabs who are threatening the Big Powers, especially the United States, if
Israel is permitted to retain the newly acquired territories. and to have the
security that acquisition has given the people whose very existence still is
being threatened by Nasser, regardless of whether he speaks in Cairo, Rabat,
This chart shows the "real estate" situation posed as a problem at the abortive Arab
1111111mit conference in Rabat, Morocco, last week. "Organized military action" is what the
enemies of Israel demanded in their advocacy of complete mobilization of forces listed here
There is repetition of historic experiences. In the mid-1940s Jews were
begrudged the right to settle at least 100.000 Jews who had just survived Hitler.
In 1970 Israelis are begrudged the right to defend the territories wherein an-
other million Jews found refuge but whose haven is insecure if there are not
direct peace talks.
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