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October 09, 1970 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-10-09

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Sadat Exposed as Pro-Nazi, Dedicated to Nasser Policies

LONDON (JTA)—Anwar Sadat,
the acting president of Egypt, has
been named to a full five-year term
as successor to the late President
Gamal Abdel Nasser. His selec-
tion by the supreme executive com-
mittee of the Arab Socialist Union,
Egypt's only political party, was
announced by the Middle East
News Agency in Cairo which re-
ported that the party's 150-mem-
ber central corn-
mittee acted
unanimously, vir
tually assuring
nomination by the
National Assem-
bly, Egypt's par-
liament, and cer-
tain of getting
the required ab-
solute majority in
a nationwide
plebicite to fol-
low. Sadat
Israeli officials said in Jerusa-
lem that Sadat's nomination rep-
resented a victory for the Soviet
Union inasmuch as he is expected
to follow slavishly the policies of
Nasser which made Egypt wholly
dependent upon Moscow for its
military and economic needs.)
Sadat, 52, was one of the group
of young army officers headed by
Nasser who seized power frolt the
late King Farouk in the 1952 mili
tary coup. One of Nasser's closest
collaborators, he was named vice
president of Egypt by Nasser last
But his tasks during the long
Nasser regime, while they took him
to both Washington and Moscow,
left him relatively obscure outside
of Egypt. He has been described by
knowledgeable persons as an in-
tense, devout Moslem who is a bit-
ter foe of Israel, one - of the most
outspoken critics of the United
States and a man consumed with
hatred for the British who had
established a protectorate over
Egypt in 1914..
During World War II he re-
portedly favored collaboration
with the Nazis and in 1942 he
was courtmartialed and jailed
for his contacts with two Nazis
who had gone to Cairo to estab-
lish an espionage network. Two
years later he escaped and sub-
sequently mainatined contacts
with terrorists and university stu-
dents, organizing several unsuc-
cessful plots against pro British
He was jailed in 1946 for par-
ticipating in the assassination of a
finance minister, Amin Osman
Pasha. Some observers here ex-
pressed doubt that Sadat will enjoy
the power and influence of Nasser.
He is said to lack the strong
personality, the oratorical gifts
and the charisma with which Nas-
ser managed to forge an almost
mystical bond with Egypt's peasant
masses and with the masses of
most of the rest of the Arab
world. His chief asset is the close
association he had with the late
Egyptian president. Some obser-
vers believe that his succession to
the presidency will not end the
internal power struggle which they
believe has already begun in
Egypt. They question whether the
Kremlin will transfer to Sadat the
same degree of confidence and
support it accorded Nasser.
Department official said he did not
want to "go into names" when he
was asked at a news briefing Tues-
day whether acting President
Anwar Sadat of Egypt was one of
the Egyptian leaders who reported-
ly expressed interest in continu-
ing the Suez Canal cease fire be-
yond its Nov. 6 expiration date.
Department spokesman John King
had told newsmen Monday that Ex-
pressions of interest in prolonging
the cease fire has been conveyed
to Secretary of Health, Education
and Welfare Elliot Richardson who

along with the cease fire. Riad
also claimed that all missiles in
the truce zone were there before
the cease fire went into effect
Aug. T and therefore could be no
rectification of the missile situa-
Questioned on other matters,
King said he did not know
at this point whether Secretary
of State William P. Rogers would
meet with Israeli Foreign Minister
Abba Eban here over the weekend.
He noted that Rogers would go to
the United Nations at the end of
the week. Eban is to deliver a
speech in Washington on Sunday
at an Israel Bond dinner.
Asked about the state of U.S.-
Soviet cultural relations in light of
the disruption of some perform-
ances of the Moiseyev ballet by
Jewish groups protesting the treat-
ment of Jews in the USSR, King
replied: "We have regretted the
incidents." He added: "Obviously
we cannot condone violence against
foreign diplomats or establishments
and we are doing what we can to
avoid it."

8—Friday, October 9, 1970

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