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January 09, 1970 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-01-09

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U. S. Most Interested' in Captured Radar Unit

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The Weiz-
mann Institute of Science issued
a denial Sunday that it was study-
ing a top-secret Soviet-built radar
unit that Israeli commandos
brought back intact from Egypt
after a raid on the Ras Ghareb
coastal defense station near the
Gulf of Suez a week ago,

had been successful and that four their military assistance program
Egyptian prisoners were taken.
' to Egypt. There is little doubt here
The prisoners turned out to be that the Soviets arc seriously con-
Russian-trained Egyptian techni- , cerned that some of their most
cians who manned the radar unit. advanced military equipment is
They were unarmed. Egyptian falling into Western hands by
soldiers guarding the base fled means of its capture from the
after putting up token resistance. Arabs by Israel.
According to the account pub-
Technical sources here said the
lished in the Daily Express and latest "haul" should enable Israel
later confirmed here, the Israeli
to develop jamming systems that
commandos were surprised to find
will eliminate the Egyptian advan-
a brand new Russian-made radar
tage in advanced radar technique.
unit at Ras Ghareb and realized
The Ras Gharab raid is also be-
that they had come across a prize.
lieved to have completed the dis-
They called for cargo helicop-
ruption of the Egyptian missile
ters and for acetylene torches and
defense system throughout the
other equipment with which they
Suez area, a process that began
proceeded to cut the seven-ton
with almost daily air raids on
radar unit into two sections of
canal zone installations starting
three and four tons each for air
last September.

The seven-ton. unit, one of the
most modern pieces of Soviet
equipment in Egypt, was airlifted
into Israeli territory by cargo
helicopter after it was carefully
cut into two sections of manage-
able size. The institute emphasized
that it does not engage in "secret
arms research."
Meanwhile, it was learned that
the Israel government expects
U.S. military authorities to request
permission to inspect the radar
unit. An unidentified American
officer was quoted here as declar-
ing that his country would he
"most interested" in looking over
the Soviet radar which is designed
to detect low-flying aircraft.

The seized radar unit is known
by its code name. P121. It has a
range of just under 300 miles
and was linked to Soviet-built
ground-to-air missiles forming a
defense system against attack.
ing planes flying low over land
or sea. It was low-flying Israeli
planes comma in from the sea
that destroyed the Egyptian air
force in the first hours of the
June 1967 Six-Day War.

The story of the "radar snatch"
broke last Friday, exactly one
week after the raid occurred.
Israeli censors released it after an
account was published by the
Daily Express in London. but the
feat was an onen secret here for
drys. The official Israeli account
of the raid merely stated that it

14—Friday, January 9, 1970


and forced the Russians to equip
their Egyptian clients with new
radar that could detect low-flying
jets. Israeli sources said the
elimination of the Ras Ghareb
base would force Egypt to deploy
more forces in that area, reducing

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its forces on the Suez Canal front.

The raids knocked out Egyptian
artillery and Russian-made SAM
ground-to-air missile sites. The
SAM system is basically designed
against high flying aircraft and
compelled the world's air forces
to develop new low-level attack
Secrecy, it was felt, might cause
The Israeli air force has appar-
Soviet authorities to reconsider ently perfected the low-level attack

The feat was deliberately kept
quiet. According to one source,
the official reasoning was that a
public embarrassment would
lead Moscow to regain lost pres-
tige by providing the Egyptians
with more expensive and modern

Immigrants to Israel 10,000 More Than Expected

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The chair-
Pincus credited the Jewish
man of the Jewish Agency an- Agency's immigrant absorption
nounced Monday that slightly more
department for what he called
than 40,000 immigrants arrived in an "unprecedented upswing of

Israel during 1969, about 10,000 those who come voluntarily
more than expected when the year from affluent countries." Reply-
ing to questions, he said Deputy
Louis A. Pincus said at a news Premier Yigal Allon's view that
conference that 40 per cent of the t h e government's absorption
newcomers last year were from
ministry should take over the
the Western countries, which "is a
immigration and absorption pro-
very big step forward as regards
cess was "unrealistic."

the quality of manpower being
Allon made such a proposal
made available through immigra-
when he headed the absorption
ministry in the old government last
year. He is now minister of edu-
cation but sits on the joint govern-
ment-Jewish Agency committee on
immigration. The Jewish Agency
is responsible for the immigration
process and the initial absorption
of newcomers. The government as-
sumes responsibility for the later
stages. Pincus contended that the
absorption minister has so far not
been able to fulfill its responsibility
with regard to finding jobs and

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He said that in 1969, 6,500 im-
migrants came from North Ameri-
ca, 5,400 from France and about
2,000 each from Great Britain and

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