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September 25, 1970 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-09-25

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28—Friday, September 25, 1970



Faris September 25, 1910-29

Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir Sees 'Not Too Wide Cap'
in Israel-U. S. Relations, Asks Greater Support From Jews

NEW YORK (JTA)—Premier and said the latter country
Golda Meir completed a hectic would not have dared to violate
round of conferences with Pres- the truce if it did not have the
ident Nixon and key adminis- Soviet Union's backing. "The
tration officials and meetings fact that they (the Russians)
with American Jewish leaders dared break a promise they
with a report Sunday night to a made to the American govern-
nation-wide audience in which ment, that's a terribly frighten-
she declared that she was "con. ing thing not only for Israel
vinced" that 'Israel would get but for the world," she said.
the assistance it has asked for She claimed that the Kremlin
from the United States.
was ready to sacrifice not only
(Mrs. Meir arrived at Lydda Israel but the Egyptian people
airport Monday and said she "for their selfish imperialist
would report later to the Cabi- aims."
Mrs. Meir said Israel was not
net on her visit to the United
States. She added that though fighting for victory or territorial
there was no "absolute iden- gains but for peace within se-
tity" between the views of the cure borders, "What your Pres-
United States and Israeli gov- ident has called 'defensible bor-
ernments, "the gap is not too ders,'" she said. She repeated
wide and one can easily live that Israel could not return to
with it." She also said that the the Jarring peace talks unless
friendship between Israel and there is a complete roll-back
the United States would con- of the missiles Egypt installed
tinue despite differences in poli- in the standstill ceasefire zone.
(In an interview published
tical positions and she thanked
the United States authorities in Paris Monday, Israel's De-
for the "friendly welcome" she puty Premier Yigal Allon said
received and for the "good spir- Israel would sooner risk a dis-
it" in which the talks were pute with the united States
held. She also praised Ameri- than agree to borders that it
can Jewry, adding that if any- did not consider secure. The in-
one in Israel was afraid of be- terview appeared in the week-
ing alone, she could give assur- ly Nouvel Observateur. The
ance that "many scores of Jews paper quoted Allan as saying,
are backing us.")
"If Israel had to choose, we
Mrs. Meir spoke Sunday would choose security borders
night before an audience of because a misunderstanding
3,000 at a dinner here spon- with Washington would be tem-
sored by the United Jewish porary whereas borders would
Appeal and the Israel Bond be permanent." Alton said fur-
Organization. Her address ther that Israel had the mate-
was telecast by closed circuit rial resources to resist pres-

the U.S. "If and
television to Jewish audiences sure from
totalling an estimated 40,000 when they should take the form
economic sanc-
viewers In 19 cities. (It was
beard in Detroit at the annual tions, we have sufficient weap-
Federation meeting Thursday.) ons and equipment to success-
She said "I would like to say fully conduct war with the Arab
I am convinced — maybe I states for years," he said,
Earlier Sunday Mrs. Meir
should say I am convinced—
addressed a private meeting
that we will get it," in refer-
of the Conference of Presi.
ence to her talks about need-
dents of Major American
ed help with President Nixon
Jewish Organizations. She re-
and Secretary of State Wil-
portedly told them that she
Ham P. Rogers In Washington
was "flying home feeling bet-
as a result of her talks
She met with the two leaders
to ask for stepped-up United with President Nixon and
States deliveries of military Secretary Rogers.
After addressing the Bond-
equipment and financial aid for
Israel which is rapidly depict- USA dinner, Mrs. Meir con-
at her hotel with Israel
ins its foreign currency re-
serves to pay for military hard- Foreign Minister Abbe Eban
who had just arrived to attend
Mrs. Meir told intimates here the United Nations General As-
sessions. She boarded a
privately, according to the New
York Times, that she expected special El Al airliner at Ken-
United States financial help to nedy Airport just before 1 a.m.
Israel to begin in the immediate for her.return trip to Israel.
Speakers who preceded Mrs.
future. The Times reported that
Nixon administration officials Meir at the Bond-UJA dinner
Edward Ginsberg, gen-
said recently that Israel would
chairman of the UJA; Sam-
receive about $450,000,000 in eral
Rothberg, national campaign
loans next year, more than half
of it to re-finance old and re- chairman of State of Israel
Abraham Feinberg,
cent arms purchase agreements.
president of the Israel Bond
Mrs. Melt appealed in her Organization; Max Fisher, pres-
address for more money from ident of the Council. of Jewish
American Jews. She said the Federations and Welfare Funds
contributions and Israel Bond and Dr. William A. Wexler,
purchases of American Jews chairman of the Presidents'
were needed not only "for it- Conference.
self" but also to demonstrate
A spokesman for the U.S.
American Jewish solidarity Mission said Secretary of State
with Israel.
Rogers had canceled plans to
She repeated Israel's charge address the Asseinbly, citing
of ceasefire violations by Egypt the Jordanian crisis and his

pending accompaniment of
President Nixon on the latter's
eight-day Mediterranean tour
which starts next Sunday. The
spokesman said that Charles
Yost, United States ambassador
to the UN, will speak in Roger's
place, probably next Monday or
President Nixon reportedly
told Mrs. Meir that he doubt.
ed that the Egyptians and
their Soviet backers could be
persuaded to remove the Ws-
silts but that he was continu-
ing to try. He also reportedly
promised her that he would
confer on the lane with So.
viet Premier Rosy& in the
near future. Appearing on the
ABC Issues and Answers
television program Sunday,
Mrs. Meir said she thought
the Nixon administration "will,
make more efforts" to obtain
what the State Department
previously called "rectifica-
tion" of the Egyptian truce
violations. "But what the out-
come of those efforts will be
I don't know."
She also rejected, on that
program, the idea of "partial"
rectification, saying "What is
partial rectification in a state
of war?" She added, "Suppose
the Egyptians removed all the
missiles but left the launchers
intact. They could be refitted
with Wallies very quickly."
Premier Meir met with the

President in the White House
for 90 minutes and had four
hours of meetings with Secre-
tary of State Rogers. There was
no official communique after
the meetings. But Mrs. Moir in-
dicated by her remarks at a
press conference in Washington
late Friday that the President
had demonstrated sympathy and
understanding for Israel's posi-
tion and that earlier disagree-
ments between Israel and the
U.S. on the nature of Egyptian
truce violations have been corn-
pletely cleared up. Informed
sources said Nixon was so im-
pressed by Mrs. Meir's statement
of Israel's determination not to
return to the Jarring talks be-
fore the truce violations are to-
tally rectified that he forebore
from trying to persuade her to
do otherwise. In an interview
taped in Washington for broad-
cast on Israeli radio Saturday,
Mrs. Meir told her countrymen
that she had ended her •talks
in Washington with a feeling
that matters had been clarified
and that understanding had
been increased.
Washington press reports
claimed that the Meir-Nixon
talks ended in an impasse
American military and eco-
nomic aid to Israel. Mrs. Meir
said in her taped broadcast to
Jerusalem that she came to the
U.S. with a larger "shopping
list" than on her previous visit,

just one year ago. She said she
had raised two or three central
points concerning military
equipment, economic aid and
political issues. Diplomatic
sources in Washington said
there was no "impasse" but
noted that wider ranging com-
mitments should not be expect.
ed from limited meetings. The
sources said that the absence of
full-scale U.S. backing for Is-
rael's position in the current
crisis was not reason for pea-
Mrs. Meir reportedly took
to Washington major requests
for new military equipment
and for economic aid for Is-
rael's economy, staggering
under unprecedented military
burdens. Informed sources
said that President Nixon was
determined to maintain the
Middle East power balance by
beefing up Israel's military
and economic strength.
There was no indication that
he attached any strings to such
aid or made it contingent on Is-
rael's return to the Jarring
peace talks. The Washington
Post claimed however that U.S.
aid to Israel would be "doled
out in small amounts." At her
press conference in Washington,
Premier Meir insisted that un-
der present conditions Israel
would not return to the Jarring
talks even if the U.S. supplied
it with enough arms to counter-


balance the Soviet supplies to
"We need modern arms re-
gardless of what happens on the
other side of the (Suez) canal,"
she said. l'But it is a matter of
principle with Israel. Nations
that make agreements are ex-
pected to abide by their agree-
ments." She said Egyptian
truce violations were not a thing
of the past but are continuing
daily. (Even as she spoke, Is-
rael reported it had filed a new
complaint today with the United
Nations, charging that work
was being done by Egypt on
new misale sites in the truce
Mrs. Meir told her press con-
ference audience that Israel
would not resume fighting in
the Suez Canal zone if the other
side did not start shooting.
"We're enjoying every minute
of the ceasefire and peace,"
she said. "No people are being
killed and no people are being
hurt." However, Mrs. Meir re-
peatedly returned in her re-
marks to the ceasefire viola-
tions and the stalled Jarring
talks. "We have won the war
and we have always said that
we will not sit at a table speak-
ing as a victor to the van-
quished. Neither do we want to
sit down with Egyptians who
didn't keep their promise, be-
cause every time we don't
agree, we will be threatened by

missiles in the Suez area."
Mrs. Meir described her
talks with President Nixon
only in general terms. In-
formed sources said the two
leaders had discussed the
question of Israel's future
borders, using maps, but
failed -to reach an agreement.
The sources said that Mrs.
Meir left the President with
"a very clear picture" of the
points beyond which Israel
would not withdraw from oc-
cupied Arab territories. They
said that Nixon stressed that
the U.S. expected Israel to
enter negotiations on with-
drawal with a willingness to
compromise and without pre-
conceived notions of what her
final borders would be.
Mrs. Metz. and President Nix-
on also.odiscumed the fighting
in Jordan and the plight of 54
airline hijack victims still held
hostage by the Popular Front
for Liberation of Palestine. Mrs.
Meir said in her Jerusalem
broadcast that the U.S. has
from the start taken a firm
stand and is not prepared to
abandon its citizens.
Of the 54 airline passengers
and crewmen held as hos-
tages in Amman by the Popu-
lar Front for the Liberation
of Palestine, 38 had been on
the hijacked Trans World
plane and at least eight of
those—a11 Brooklynites—are

known to be Jewish. The
eight are Rabbi Jonathan
David, ■ teacher at Chaim
Berlin Yeshiva; Mrs. David;
Rabbi Y. Butner; Rabbi
Abraham Havari-Rafoul; Rab-
bi Joseph Harari-Rafoul;
Yaakov Millman, a 19-year-
old rabbinical student and son
of Rabbi Solomon Drillman;
Fran B. Chester, a 20-year-old
student at Yeshiva Univer.
sity's Stern College for Wom-
en and Miriam R. Becher, a
20-year-old senior at George
Washington University, Wash-
ington, D.C. Two other pas-
sengers believed to be Jewish
on the basis of their names
are Sarah Milks of North
Bergen, N.J., a senior at Rut-
gers University, New Bruns-
wick and Myer Fund of
Brooklyn. Rabbi Hutner's wife
was released.
Premier Meir and Foreign
Minister Eban rejected state
department assertions that Is-
rael had violated "some pro-
visions" of the 90-day cease
fire standstill. Mrs. Meir denied
the charge during an informal
news conference after her heav-
ily guarded arrival at Kennedy
Airport Sept. 17. (The Foreign
Minister similarly rebuffed the
charges in a statement before
his departure for New York to
attend the 25th anniversary
session of the United Nations
General Assembly.)


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