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July 17, 1970 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-07-17

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U.S. Will Act to Keep M.E. Balance Sisco

(Continued from Page 8)

tack across the canal or in a flank-
ing attack from the sea on the
Israel-held Sinai coast. Sources
here noted that in recent days Is-
rael has muted its request for more
Phantom and Skyhawk jets. They
intimate that the Israelis are satis-
fied, for the time being, with the
arrangement reportedly ordered by
President Nixon.
State Department spokesman
Earl E. Bartch said Tuesday that
the American ambassador to the
Soviet Union, Jacob D. Beam, met
for 75 minutes last Friday in Mos-
cow with Foreign Minister Andrei
A. Gromyko. But he declined to
disclose the content of their talk,
which has been reported as part of
an attempt by the United States
to persuade the Kremlin to ease
the tension in the Middle East
caused by its military buildup
Asked a bout Soviet-American
progress on the Mid East, Bartch
replied: "It's always difficult to
talk about progress. so I have no
comment." Bartch said he did
not know when there would be an-
other meeting between Dobrynin
and Secretary of State William P.
Rogers. He said there was no
meeting scheduled between Dobry-
nin and Sisco.
Sisco acknowledged that the
"heavy" Soviet involvement in
the Middle East has "affected
the balance" in that region and
declared that "the United States
is resolved to do anything neces-
sary" to preserve it.
Sisco made his remarks on the
NBC television program, "Meet
the Press."
"The heavy Soviet involvement
has injected a new qualitative fac-
tor," he said. Ile declined to say
whether the U. S. will provide Is-
rael with the additional combat
jets it has requested or to com-
ment on a Newsweek report that
additional planes have already
been sold.
Sisco referred to President Rich-
ard M. Nfixon's pledge of July I
to preserve Israel's deterrent
strength and told the newsmen,
"Just take President Nixon's state-
ment at face value.
Two U. S. senators, members
of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, agreed in separate
interviews that the Middle East
was far more important to the
United States than Vietnam and
constituted a graver threat to the
free world. Sen. Jacob K. Javits,
New York Republican, spoke on
the NBC television program
"Searchlight," and Sen. Stuart
Symington, Missouri Democrat,
spoke on the CBS television pro-
. gram "Face the Nation."
Sen. Javits said the Middle East
crisis has "infinitely greater
urgency for the United States"
than the situation in Vietnam.
"The fundamental interest and in-
deed the future of the entire free
world" depends on the outcome of
the Mid East conflict, he said, and
"We're not going to let it go down
the drain." Sen. Javits said he did
not think Israel would launch a
pre-emptive strike at Soviet missile
bases across the Suez Canal, add-
ing, "I hope they don't."
Sen. Symington called the Mid
East situation "infinitely more
serious" and "more important to
the U. S. than Vietnam." He said
Soviet success in that region would
make it the dominant factor in the
Mid East and "the whole concept
of NATO would fall on its face."
He warned that the failure to sell
more jets to Israel "would guaran-
tee Israel's destruction." He said
he didn't think the U. S. had a
secret agreement to supply more
jets to Israel. Sources in Washing-
ton reported over the weekend
that the Defense Department has
warned the Nixon administration
against military involvement in the
Mid East.
• According to the sources, the De-
fense Department recognizes that
the U. S. possesses no immediate
military means of intervening ex-
cept the Sixth Fleet, but use of the

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fleet in the Mid East struggle would tion might be "a Russian missile tion with Egypt and other Arab
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not have the backing of America's umbrella over the (Suez) canal" countries."
He added: "We would not ex-
NATO allies. The Sixth Fleet pres- supplemented by Soviet air cover
ently is said to number 40 ships. for Egyptian artillery and even pect them to leave readily, but it
two aircraft carriers and . a total ground offensives against the Is-'is conceivable that part of the set-
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of 153 planes. American naval doc- raeli-held east bank of the water- tlement under the Security Coun-
trine calls for the dispatch of one way. He said that in contrast, cil resolution would be the removal
or two additional carriers to crisis Israel threatens no new Vietnam of foreign troops from the area."
On the question of more Ameri-
areas, but since this has not been for the United States.
done in the Mediterranean, thei
Israel's ambassador to the Ican jets for Israel, Rogers stated:
indications are that there is no
serious consideration of employ- Rabin emerged from a meeting I I had my last press conference."
ing U. S. military power in that with Sisco Friday and told news- At that time, June 25, he held a
area, the sources said.
men that his country intends to jet decision further in abeyance
and said, "I think for the moment
maintain full freedom of action
Secretary of Defense Melvin R.
the emphasis should be on diplo-
for its air force in the Suez com-
Laird asserted that "We are go-
ing to maintain a strategic and I bat zone It was clear that Israel math: initiatives, and such an an-
Detroit 35, Michigan
has informed the U. S. that it in- nouncement now would be counter-
military balance" in the Middle
tended to sharply step up air Productive.
East, adding: "We have said we
Co.npate Octi,/atte.g..
raids on missile installations in thought Israel would launch a pre-
would and we will deliver."
Egypt : emptive strike across the Suez
Secretary Laird's statement,
United Nations Secretary General Canal, Rogers replied: "I hope
made at a press conference, was
not as strong as President Nixon's U Thant had an hour-long meeting not. Everyone is quite aware of Classified Ads Get Quick Results
on July 1, that the U. S. will "do with President Nixon Friday after- i the risks that would be involved."
what is necessary to maintain Is- noon. Earlier, addressing a lunch-
rael's strength" and "deter its eon given in his honor by mem- .
neighbors from attacking." But it hers of Congress, Thant referred to
was stronger than Secretary of Vietnam and the Middle East.
State Rogers' June 25 statement
He called the former the "most
that "for the moment the emphasis colossal horror story ever written
should be on diplomatic initia- by man" and intimated that he
tives." felt the Middle East was poten-
The Nixon and Laird remarks, tially as dangerous as Southeast ,
made in succession within two Asia. But Thant reiterated -the
weeks of Rogers' news conference, statement he made a few days '
appeared to corroborate reports earlier in Geneva that both he and
that the administration considers the UN's special Mid East envoy, •
Rogers' comments too restrained Ambassador Gunnar V. Jarring,
in view of the growing Soviet threat had agreed that there was at pres-
I ent no basis for reactivating the
in the Mid East.
Secretary Laird reiterated the latter's peace-seeking mission.
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administration position that the Thant appealed to the permanent
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U. S. has no plans to send troops members of the Security Council
to Israel's aid. But he noted that — United States, Soviet Russia.
the American Sixth Fleet was "in Britain, France and Nationalist
a good state of readiness" in the China—to exert all their efforts to
Mediterranean. secure Mid East peace through
Laird officially confirmed Israeli implementing the Council's Nov. 22,
reports of SAM-3 activity in the 1267 resolution.
Mid East. He included them in a Rogers Expresses Concern
reference in which he said the So- With Edging of Soviet-Egyptian
viets in that area "have gone for-i Missile System Closer to Suez
ward with new anti-aircraft mis-
LONDON (JTA)—Secretary of
siles." (On Tuesday, Bartch would State William P. Rogers left London
say only that Washington had "no for Washington Sunday afternoon
reason to doubt the substance" of following two days of talks with
the Israeli claim.)
British government leaders which
Sen. Charles Goodell said the were devoted largely to the crisis
Middle East could become a "Rus- in the Middle East.
sian Vietnam." The New York Re- The Jewish Telegraphic Agency
publican referred to the growing learned from authoritative sources
escalation of Soviet manpower and that the Middle East was a major
military equipment in Egypt. item on the agenda of Rogers'
"We know from our own bitter talks with Prime Minister Edward
experience (in Vietnam) how easy Heath.
it is for a great military power,
It also figured in a larger dis-
once it provides military advisers cussion that followed in which
to an underdeveloped country with Rogers, ranking members of his
little capacity or inclination for entourage and U. S. Ambassador
self-defense, to slide from 'training' Walter Annenberg participated
local forces to carrying out 'de- along with Heath, Foreign Secre-
fensive' missions, to bearing the tary Sir Alec Douglas-Home and
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main brunt of the fighting," he
Defense Minister Lord Carrington.

At a press conference Saturday,
Sen. Goodell, whose remarks
were delivered at the convention Rogers stressed that the United
of Brith Shalom, Jewish fraternal States was very seriously concern-
order, at Kiamesha Lake, N. Y., ed by the apparent edging of the
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said the next step in Soviet escala- Soviet-Egyptian missile defense
system ever closer to the Suez

Canal zone. "There are SAM-3s in
Israeli Nurses Call Halt
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that area, and we are concerned
at the prospect that they (the Rus-
to Strike for 2 Weeks
sians) may be deploying them
JERUSALEM. (JTA) — Israel's closer to the Suez Canal than pre-
11,000 nurses "suspended" their viously," he said. "Clearly the
four-day old strike for a two-week situation is a serious one, as Presi-
period during which negotiations dent Nixon said in his television
on their wage claims will be re- appearance the other night." Ask-
ed whether the U. S. would replace
If negotiations proceed satisfac- Israeli aircraft losses, Secretary
torially the suspension will be ex- Rogers - replied, "We shall resist
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The central executive of the
Rogers said Wednesday that "We
Nurses Union said they were sus-
pending their strike "in view of expect a response some time soon"
the fact that the prime minister. on the United States Middle East
the ICnesset and the Histadrut peace initiative," possibly from
have admitted the justice of our Arab rather than Soviet sources."
He said he had obtained that
word from Soviet Ambassador
The nurses strike distrupted all
Anatoly F. Dobrynin Tuesday.
but emergency medical services in
Israel's hospitals.
Rogers, holding his first news
conference since his return from
Contributions to the United Foun- the international tour, called the
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ices, 68 character-building services
The secretary asserted: "I think
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aging and 44 services for troubled there is part of their foreign
policy. They feel it helps their posi-




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