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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-10-02

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2 French Jews Inducted THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, October 2, 1970-3
Into the Legion of Honor

Israel's Military Prowess Now Greater
Than_ During 6-Day War Bar-Lev


(As The Jewish News went to
press Tuesday evening,. it was
reported that the U.S. House of
Representatives had passed by a
vote of 349-11 a $19,909,000 de-
fense bill, with a provision for
open-end arms sales to Israel.
Approval was expected In the
Senate before the end of the
TEL AVIV (JTA)—Israel's over-
all military prowess is greater now
than it was during the Six-Day
War and includes the ability to
overcome Soviet-made SAM-2 and
SAM-3 missiles installed in the
Suez Canal zone in violation of
Aug. 7 cease-fire agreement, Chief
of Staff Haim Bar-Lev said Sunday
Gen. Bar-Lev, speaking over the
armed forces radio, reviewed mili-
tary developments of the past year.
He also Issued a warning to Ring
Hussein of Jordan that Israeli re-
taliation, should the terrorist shell-
ing of border settlements be re-
newed, would be "different in scope
and nature from our other activi-
ties to date."
Israeli border settlements have
been unmolested since the civil
war broke out two weeks ago
between Palestinian guerrillas
and Jordanian government forces.
King Hussein reportedly offered
the guerrillas safe conduct to the
border regions and cooperation in
their fighting against Israel in re-
turn for internal peace.
Gen. Bar-Lev intimated that Is-
raeli counteraction would be aimed
against Jordanian regulars and
their positions as well as against

guerrilla bases as in the past.
Gen. Bar-Lev estimated that the
Soviet Union now has 12,000 army
personnel in Egypt, about half of
whom serve as advisers and the
rest "purely Soviet units." He said,
"Russia is entrenched in Egypt,
deeply entrenched and she does
not intend to move. I do not believe
that the Egyptians are able to re-
move her."
But .Gen. Bar-Lev spoke with
greater equanimity than many Is-
raeli supporteds In the United
States about the Soviet missile in-
stallations in the Suez cease-fire
"There has never been a wea-
pons system anywhere in the
world to which there is no answer,
or more exactly,'to which there are
not a number of possible answers,"
Gen. Bar-Lev said. "That applies
to this missile buildup."
His remarks indicated that Israel
had the answer, or was confident
of finding one, to the threat of the
SAM-2s and SAM-3s. According to
some reports, Israel has received
sophisticated air-to-ground missiles
from the U.S. in recent months,
capable of knocking out the Soviet
missile sites.

Gen. Bar-Lev said the Soviet
exercise In brinkmanship along
the Suez Canal was alined at
getting the waterway reopened
so that the Russian navy could
operate more. efficiently in the
Mediterranean and the Indian
Their aim, according to Gen..
Bar-Lev and other Israeli military
authorities, is to pave the way for
an Egyptian thrust across the
canal to secure its east bank.
If the Egyptian army ever did
try a big invasion, Israel is in s a
better shape to repel it than three
years ago, Gen. Bar-Lev said. "To-
day's soldiers and units are better
than those of 1967" he said, partly
because of the combat experience
they gained in the Six-Day War
and in operations since then.
He disclosed that in the past
year there were "over 700 unpub-
licized military operations" across
Israel's borders and about 50 pub-
licized 'large-scale operations" in-
cluding arrac-..ed raids into Leba-
non and across the Gulf of Suez.
Besides combat tested tr000ps, "We
have strengthened ourselves to a
great extent in the air, at sea and
on the land," Gen. Bar-Lev said.

PARIS (JTA) — Two prominent
French Jews were made members
of France's Legion of Honor.
Andre Meyer, a member of the
Alliance Israelite Universelle was
accorded the title of Grand Officer
of the Legion d'Honeur, the high-
est degree of membership.
Chief Rabbi Joseph Cohen of
Bordeaux was awarded the title of


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