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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-03-06

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Thousands Protest Pompidou Visit

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

(Continued from Page 1)
ship meeting at the Waldorf Astoria
Hotel Monday night. The meeting
Was scheduled several weeks ago,
a JWV spokesman said, and Wash-
ington began to apply "great pres-
sure" a week ago for cancellation
of the meeting, presumably to
avoid a confrontation between
members of the Jewish commu-
nity and Pompidou.
David Sidman, executive direc-
tor of the Jewish War Veterans
New York State division, said he
Was "very well pleased" with the
turnout at the demonstration and
was "glad we stood our ground"
against White House "pressure" to
concel JWV's pre-scheduled meet-
ing at the hoteL
At the meeting, Jerome D.
Cohen, chairman of the division's
action committee, called on
President Nixon to send 50 jets
to Israel to make up for France's
embargo on Israel's paid-for
planes.
Defying all protests, Pompi-
dou, on a TV-press news confer-
ence Tuesday morning, said that
the embargo on French jets to
Israel "will last as long as the
war does."
He also told the conference, held
at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, short-
ly before his return to Paris, that
France did not set out to sell
planes to Libya. "We set out to fill
a void, and Libya did not have the
planes. If we did not sell them to
her, someone else would."
He agreed, however, to cancel
the deal on Israel's request. "If
you meet them, you can tell them
I'm ready to pay them back to-
morrow." The sum of the transac-
tion was $65,000,000 for the 50
planes.
Pompidou said he was satisfied
with his trip to the United States
despite the numerous pro-Israel
demonstrations staged in a num-
ber of cities across the country. In
his farewell news conference, he
said that he and President Nixon
reached a "full understanding" on
world problems. Those talks in-
cluded *le situation in the Middle
East.
Richard Cohen, American Jewish
Congress associate director, spokes-
man for the Conference of Presi-
dents of Major American Jewish
Organizations, called the turnout
for a demonstration outside the
Waldorf, attended by 5,000, "Ex-
cellent, especially in the face of
President Nixon's apology."

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and his government's position on
the Middle East.

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Nixon said humorously, "I wanted
them (the Pompidous) to see our
country, the United States, as a
President of the United States
saw it. And I must say we over-
did it a bit, as we usually do."
He later added that French-
American friendship "is so deep
and so long that any minor irri-
tation or bad manners or differ-
ences are not going t? impair it."

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At the Monday night dinner,

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Nixon also had phoned Pompidou
Sunday to apologize for demonstra-

Explaining his abrupt cancella-
tion of a meeting with Jewish lead-
ers that had been scheduled for
Tuesday morning, Pompidou said
"There comes a time when such
meetings are unnecessary and even
detrimental." He characterized the
Jewish leaders as a whole as
"moderates" but said some of their
followers seemed "differently in-
clined." Ile said he did not intend
the cancellation "as an insult to
the Jews."
Sargent Shriver, II. S. ambassa-
dor to France, met with the Jew-
ish leaders late Tuesday, and
spokesmen for the Jewish groups

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during February, but not entirely
abated, it was learned here from
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Reserves now stand at about
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months after the Six-Day War,
Israel's hard currency reserves
were $720,000,000.
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Local economists feel that Israel

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back and proposed they meet in-
stead with Foreign Minister Mau-
rice Schumann. The delegation de-
clined.
Dr. Wexler ter m e d Pompi-
dou's action "an affront not only
to the American Jewish commu-
nity but to the gracious traditions
of the people of France."
The Jewish leaders' statement
said that "Had M. Pompidou not
rescinded his invitation after we
had gathered to meet with him,
we would have urged him to lift
the arms embargo against Israel
and to deliver to Israel the 50
Mirage jets bought and paid for.
President Pompidou's anti-Israel,
pro-Arab policy shocks the many
friends of France, for we recall the
genuine sympathy and friendship
extended by the French public to
Israel in the past. It is gratifying
to know that even now, the ma-
jority of Frenchmen repudiate
their government's one-sided policy
and share our apprehension over
the course pursued by the Pompi-
dou regime." The joint statement
stressed that "this course jeopar-
dizes the cause of peace in the
Middle East and encourages Arab
refusal to accept a cease fire and
to negotiate a peace settlement
with Israel." The statement ap-
pealed to American Jews, "despite
M. Pompidou's rudeness," to act in
"an orderly, peaceful and non-vio-
lent manner" in demonstrations
here.
French sources said that Mme.
Pompidou had been so frightened
by demonstrators in Chicago Sun-
day that she refused to attend the
U Thant luncheon. Extraordinary
police precautions were taken by

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Pompidou said, in reference to
the Chicago demonstration, "... it
is largely the attitude of the mu-
nicipal authorities, rather than the
attitude of the demonstrators, that
struck me." He felt the Chicago
police allowed the demonstrators
to get too close to him. However
Mayor Daley resented the charge
and insisted the police were most
courteous in Chicago.
Dr. William A. Wexler, president
of the Conference of Presidents,
charged that in condemning the
Chicago and New York demonstra-
tions, Pompidou had "consciously
overreacted" in "a transparent at-
tempt to divert attention from the
real issues on which Americans
oppose French policy" in the Mid-
dle East.
He predicted the incidents would
actually "strengthen the Jewish
community's determination to op-
pose French policy as threatening
the very existence of the Jewish
state."
"There is a difference between
`politesse' (politeness) and policy,"
Dr. Wexler observed. The demon-
strations, he said, were "temperate
and orderly . . . peaceful and dig-
nified" while recent French actions
in the Middle East were "Detri-
mental" to peace.
(Abba-Eban, foreign minister of
Israel, on his return from a trip
in Europe, told a press conference
in Jerusalem that he couldn't pre-
di c t how the demonstrations
against Pompidou in the U. S.
would affect Franco-Israeli rela-
tions.
(In Jerusalem, Premier Golda
Meir said that demonstrations in
the United States against Pompi-
dou were not of Israel's making.
"The United States is a democratic
country, and people who demon-
strated there against him prob-
ably thought that what they are
doing was proper," Mrs. Meir
said.)
The Jewish delegation which was
to have met with Pompidou had
gathered from all parts of the
country and was waiting for
Pompidou at the Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel when it was informed by a
radio reporter that the French
president was not coming to the
hotel to meet them but had gone
directly to the United Nations
where he was to have lunch with
Secretary General U Thant.
Representatives of the delegation
called Pompidou's party, which
confirmed that the president would
Meet the Jewish leaders. After
At the dinner for Pompidou at not Jewish
leaders insisted on the
the Waldorf Monday night, Presi- the
meeting,
French officials called
dent Nixon, in an unprecedented
appearance, substituting for Vice
President Spiro T. Agnew, apolo-

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