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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-04-03

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LIAR Missile Sites Proliferating With Soviet Aid

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into Egypt in recent weeks to
operate the SAM-3 missiles. The
influx has raised to 16,000 the
number of Russian personnel
presently in Egypt, these sources
said. They estimate that a small
nucleus of Soviet technicians will
operate the missiles while others
train Egyptians in their opera-
tion. But the bulk of the force,
perhaps as much as a Soviet in-
fantry division, will be deployed
on defensive duties around the
SAM missile sites. Four such
sites have already been built
around Alexandria, Egypt's main
seaport which is used by Rus-
sian naval units. Others have
gone up around Cairo West air-
port where Soviet supplies are
air lifted and around the Aswan
High Dam.
(According to reports from
Cairo, the sites are being built at
a furious pace, halting Egypt's
private building program so that
concrete can be diverted for the
missile launcher bases. Russian
troops are reportedly instructing
Egyptian forces on the battalion
level.)

An Israeli military commentator
said he thought reports of 12,000
Soviet technicians in Egypt to be
an exaggeration. Gen. Elad Peled,
former commander of the National
Defense College, said on Jerusa-
lem radio that a force of that
size would represent a "complete
Soviet intervention" and would per-
mit Egypt to transform its war of
attrition against Israel to an offen-
sive war using their air fOrce.
(In London, the Daily Telegraph
correspondent Eric Downton writes
from Beirut that Syria is pressing
the Soviet government for SAM-3
missiles for the defense of Damas-
cus. He said the Syrians renewed
their requests for the anti-aircraft
missile's when they learned of their
installation in Egypt. They point
_ out to Moscow that Damascus and
other main Syrian cities are much
closer to Israeli airfields than are
Cairo and the main Egyptian cen-
ters west of the Suez Canal, Down-
ton wrote. According to the cor-
respondent, the Syrian government
has had fresh promises from Mos-
cow of more military and economic
help. Russian naval activity in
Syrian ports has increased during
the past two weeks, Downton
wrote; reflecting a new build-up of
Soviet naval strength in the eastern
Mediterranean. But the Damascus
authorities are most anxious for
anti-aircraft defense missiles be-
cause they fear heavy Israeli re-
taliation for the renewed fighting
along the Israel-Syria cease-fire
line.)
State Department Discloses
Israel Was Sent Surplus
U.S. Military Equipment
WASHINGTON (JTA)—The State
Department disclosed that "Items
of surplus military equipment have
gone to Israel recently." The dis-
closure was made by Department
spokesman Robert J. McCloskey
at a press briefing. McCloskey said
the shipment wasn't announced at
the time it was sent. He could not
say what the items consisted of
but noted that other governments
have received military equipment
under the Surplus Stocks Program.
He defined "surplus" as material
not in the current generation of
weaponry. With regard to the
equipment sent to Israel, McClos-
key said, "My guess is that it's
all purchased."
The matter came up when the
State Department spokesman was
questioned on the recent unan-
nounced shipment of military
equipment to •the Chinese Na-
tionalist regime on Taiwan. Earlier
in the briefing, McCloskey was
asked if Israel had requested
"Shrike" missiles to offset the So-
viet-made SAM-3 anti-aircraft mis-
siles installed in Egypt. He replied
that he never heard of a "Shrike"
missile. He said the Israeli gov-
ernment has purchased missiles
from the U. S. but indicated that
this was not recently.

Jarring Again Stymied
on Peace Mission
UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (JTA)
—The slender hopes for a settle-
ment in the Middle East stemming

from the mission of United Nations

special envoy Gunnar Jarring re-
ceived another blow when a UN
spokesman announced that the en-
voy was leaving New York to re-
turn to his post in Moscow. Dr.
Jarring is the Swedish ambassador
to the Soviet Union.
The spokesman said that Dr.
Jarring would return to his UN
headquarters "within a few weeks
or sooner, if developments war-
ranted it," but he did not indicate
what developments would so war-
rant.
To Yosef Tekoah, the Israeli
ambassador to the:United Nations,
Dr. Jarring's return to Moscow
without resuming his Mid East mis-
sion was due to the "intransigence
and bellicose attitude" of the Arab
governments and the Soviet Union.
Tekoah said that "In recent
weeks it has become more clear
than ever before that the Arab
states and the USSR are opposed
to any renewed attempt by Am-
bassador Jarring to bring about
agreement between the parties
through peace negotiations."
The Israeli government charged
last week that the March 18 Le-
banese letter to the Security Coun-
cil president denying responsibility
for terrorist attacks on Israel from
Lebanese soil was "an unabashed
attempt to whitewash aggression."
In a letter to the Council president,
Dr. Joaquin Vallejo Arbalaez of
Colombia, Israeli Ambassador
Yosef Tekoah declared that "In-
stead of decognizing Lebanon's ob-
ligations as a member of the
United Nations, the Lebanese gov-
ernment serves notice that it sup-
ports continued warfare against
Israel, and in particular warfare
by terrorists."
The Big Four Powers resumed
their Middle East talks Wednes-
day amid speculation by diplo-
matic sources that the discus.
sions may include an effort to
draw up a catalogue of agree-
ments and disagreements.
A spokesman for the U. S. said
he would not deny that this cata-
logue would be part of the discus-
sions. At their last meeting, March
19, the Four Power representatives
tried to draw up such a catalogue
but were unable to come to any
agreement because some of them
were prepared to discuss only what
they had agreed on, while others
wanted to discuss . both the agree-
ments and the disagreements.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Big
Four representatives concluded

their discussion with U. S. Am-Soviet Union will not soon, if ever,
training-and maintenance opera-
bassador Charles W. Yost, the supply its own pilots to fly Soviet tion in Libya."
host, announcing that Four Power aircraft now in the Egyptian arse-
deputies had been asked to pre- nal." The columnists . also noted
pare a memo of the talks so far that "The use of Soviet pilots is
on implementation of the Security ruled out because Egypt lacks
Council cease fire.
ground crews as well as pilots."
The deputies, he said, would President NixOn, Evans and Novak
meet Thursday and were expected added, is said to feel that Egypt
to submit their memo in time for is entitled to protect itself with
the next meeting of the ambassa- Soviet SAM-3 anti-aircraft mis-
dors on April 15 at the residence siles, but that he would stand be-
of the new French representative. hind Israel "if, as Israeli officials
UN Secretary General U Thant constantly warn, Soviet pilots do
was scheduled to meet this week indeed come into the picture or
if the French undertake . a massive
with Yost on Tuesday's talks.
A spokesman for the U. S. mis-
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U.S.-USSR Meeting Prelude
to Projected 2-Power Talks
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Soviet
Ambassador Anatoly F. Dobrynin
met last week with Secretary of
State William Rogers at the latter's
request in a prelude to projected
bilateral negotiations between Dob-
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provide a basis for determining
the utility of restarting the bilat
eral talks between the U.S. and the
USSR, which had reached what
we called an extended pause to-
wards the end of the year."
Secretary Rogers invited Dobry-
nin to the meeting, but only after
the Russians had approached the
Nixon administration seeking a
Two Power talk resumption. The
implication, according to sources,
was that the Kremlin had decided
to be flexible.
Senators and congressmen from
both political parties expressed
criticism of the Nixon administra-
tion for withholding the sale of
jets at this time from Israel. Anti-
administration feelings were
heightened by the fact that the ad-
ministration's policy of "abey-
ance," announced by Secretary of.
State Rogers, came at a time when
the Soviet Union has been caught
sending SAM-3s and additional
personnel to Egypt.
Senator J. W. Fulbright, Demo-
crat of Arkansas who is the chair-
man of the powerful Senate For-
eign Relatiorzs Committee, and
Rep. George D. Aiken, Republican
of Vermont, expressed agreement
with the administration abeyance
policy.
Columnists Rev. Rowland Evans
and Robert Novak stated, "A
major reason behind President
Nixon's gently phrased veto of
more U. S. Phantoms for Israel
was a calculated estimate that the
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