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September 25, 1970 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-09-25

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U.S. to Send Arms Israel Requires Griffin

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sena t o r
Robert Griffin of Michigan has
promised that the United States
will fulfill its pledge to provide
Israel with sufficient military
assistance — short of American
troops—to counteract the gains
made by UAR-Soviet violations of
the cease fire standstill agreement.
Sen. Griffin, a ranking Repub-
lican in the Sen-
ate, addressed a
news conference
Sept. 18, after he
and other s e n a-
tors had met with
Israel Premier
Golda Meir.
"We promised,"
said Sen. Griffin,
"to counte r b a l-
ance any advant-
age they (the
Arabs) got as a
result of viola-
tions, and you can
Griffin
be sure that's
what we're going to do, keep our
word. There is. in some quarters,

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the feeling or assumption that the
United States has backed down on
its part of the agreement, or
hasn't kept its word.
"That Isn't the case," be said.
"The commitment was to see that
Israel was not disadvantaged as
a result of going into this cease
fire standstill agreement, and
we're going to make sure that's
the case. What has been demon-
strated Is that the Soviet word
is. unfortunately, not good."
lie pointed out that Mrs. Meir,
who had met with President Nixon
and the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, stressed that the Is-
raelis do not intend to ask for mili-
tary personnel from the United
States. "But they are asking for
military equipment and assistance,
and to the extent that it's neces-
sary to balance the situation. I
think we will have to provide it."
Sen. Griffin said he feels that a
military balance in the Middle
East "will provide the greatest
chance for peace . . . If we let the
situation get out of balance, that
would be the quickest way to have
war in the Middle East — all-out
war."
He said he doesn't know what
military assistance will emerge
from the President's talks with
Mrs. Meir, but "I would assume
that if we had some sophisticated
way to deal with these SAM-3
missiles that the Russians and the
Egyptians have put into that stand-
still zone, that might well be a
part of it." A number of additional
Phantom jets have already been
provided, he said.
Sen. Griffin declined to make
any assessment as to how far the
Israelis may have fallen behind in
preparing arms because of the
cease fire violations. "There isn't
any question that the Egyptians
have gotten some advantage as a
result of this," he said, adding:. "I
think that what the relative mili-
tary strength is is a very difficult
military assessment that I'm not
in a position to make."
He also refused to be pinned
down en the question of whether
the United States will continue
to provide military support to
countries that oppose Israel's
existence. "I'm sure all those
things are under consideration,"
he said. "Just exactly what's go-
ing to happen specifically, I can't
give you the answer as it
changes on almost a day-to-day
basis."
The senator, acknowledging as-
sistance given to King Hussein in
the past, said additionally that
"Although the situation over there
is very serious and graVe, we are
quite confident that Hussein will
be able to prevail.
"It is important that Syria
doesn't get directly involved, and
if the United States position is
somewhat ambiguous right now,
with our fleet (6th Fleet) in the
Mediterranean standing by, it is
probably precisely for the purpose
of keeping Syria in the stage

what we're going to do, and hope-
fully (it will) keep Syria from com-
ing into it."
Concerning the safety of Amer-
icans in the Middle East, Sen. Grif-
fin pointed to President Nixon's
statement on Sept. 17 that "As
American citizens they are entitled
to the protection that we can rea-
sonably give them. But if you ask
me exactly what we can really
do, I'll have to admit I don't know
. . . I know that President Nixon,
(D ef ens e) Secretary (Melvin)
Laird, Secretary (of State William)
Rogers are working on this prob-
lem almost night and day.
"Of course," he went on, "in this
situation they have got to- work in
concert with the other govern-
ments of other nations whose na-
tionals are also involved. We can't
go off on our own, we have to
have •an agreement, (and) that
makes it an even more difficult
decision."
In response to a question wheth-
er it would be justified to use
troops to rescue the American
hostages, Sen. Griffin replied:
"Well it's been done in the past;
whether or not it should be done
in this situation is something
that is a very very complex mat-
ter, and I'm not going to answer
the question right now, very
frankly."
Sen. Griffin described the entire
hijacking question as an inter-
national problem, not one that Con-
gress can solve alone. He enumer-
ated the steps that have been
taken so far, including the Presi-
dent's ordering of armed guards
aboard international flights of U.S.
carriers and his sending of legis-
lation to Congress to ask for an
increase in taxes to cover that
action.
The third step, which he describ-
ed as most important, was the
initiative taken Sept. 18 in Mont-
real by the International Civil
Aviation Organization to try and
get all nations to agree to extra-
dite hijackers or else face a boy-
cott by all other nations.

Project Equality A gencies Strenghten
Construction Jo b Equipments

NEW YORK (JTA)—A total of 29
Jewish, Catholic and Protestant re-
ligious and social action agencies,
joined in Metropolitan New York
Project Equality, have announced
that all construction contracts they
give hereafter must provide in-
creased job opportunities for the
disadvantaged. Project Equality
members include the American
Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defa-
mation League of Bnai Brith and
the New York Federation of Re-
form Synagogues.
Previously, builders seeking con
tracts from member agencies of
Project Equality were required
only to promise to provide such
opportunities and spot checks were
made to determine compliance,
according to Harry Fleishman,
race relations coordinator for the
American Jewish Committee. Un-
der the new arrangements, builders
and sub-contractors will be re-
quired to sign contracts pledging



they will "train and employ" mem-
bers of minority groups and- other
disadvantaged persons, with one
trainee for every four journeymen,
he said.
He said none of the three mem-
ber Jewish organizations had done
any building in recent years but
that all future construction and al-
teration contracts will be let only
under terms of the new arrange-
ment.

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New Defense Dept. Aide
Linked to Pro-Arab
Friends of Middle East

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The new
deputy assistant secretary of de-
fense for Near East and Asian af-
fairs, James H. Noyes, was active
more than four years for the Amer-
ican Friends of the Middle East, an
organization that has taken a con-
sistently pro-Arab stand on matters
affecting that region.
Noyes, 43, assumed his Pentagon
post Sept. 15. He is responsible for
all policy matters of Defense De-
partment interest pertaining to
countries of the Near East and
Southeast Asia.
He served the American Friends
of the Middle East at home and
abroad. He was employed by the
Bank of America's international
department for three years and
was director of the Northeast Asia
division of the Asia Foundation in
San Francisco before he was ap-
pointed to his present position.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

14—Friday, Soptembar 25, 1970

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