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December 03, 1971 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-12-03

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-Golda in Washington: Israel Is Ready to Make Peace

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for anything—a final peace agree-
ment or something toward an
agreement—anything that has no
shooting connected with it."

itral Committee in which she a severe blow to Arab unity and mary aim of the African mission aspect of the question is 'settled,
charged that American delay on ' attempts to coordinate military —meaning that Israel will not he is prepared- to examine the
Phantom jet sales to Israel was activity against Israel, especially commit itself in advance to with- wider implications of Franco-
encouraging Egypt to make war. on the eastern front. It was also drawal from all occupied Arab Israeli relations."
Already, she stated, the hopes for viewed in some circles here as a territories. On other points the
The presidents of France and
Asked whether she had anything an interim agreement reopening serious setback to plans King Hus- Israeli reply is more guarded. in- the United States are scheduled
to fear from a possible Soviet- the Suez Canal have "collapsed" sein is bolieved to have had for formed sources said. The question to discuss the Middle East crisis
American deal that might be as a result of Egyptian President reaching a peaceful settlement of demilitarized zones, Israel says, when they meet Dee. 13-14 in the
reached during President Nixon's Anwar Sadat's recent war threats. with Israel.
must depend on the nature of Azores, according to French poli-
visit to Moscow in May. she re - Mrs Meir also scored "outside
El Fatah, the leading Palestinian peace, and international guaran- tical sources.
plied: "I am not worried about forces who arc interested in guerrilla organization, issued a tees can be considered only in the
any deal the President makes in • spreading the rumors that Israel 'statement praising the assassins. context in which they are pro-
sofar as Israel is concerned."
is disintegrating, that Israel is
We think Tal's death was the posed. Israel also is said to insist
She said she was worried about falling apart and that Israel is natural end of a man whose hands that its presence be maintained
the Egyptian threats of a shooting 'divided." This was an apparent are stained with the blood of the at Sharm el-Sheikh.
war because "we don't want an), • ' reference to U. S. Secretary of Palestinian people," El Fatah
Pompidou, Ambassador Natan
shooting." But, she added, "if 'State William P. Rogers' reported said. Tal was the author of Jor-
to Confer on Relations
we are worried about results, the 'remark last Thursday to a group dan's
get - tough rev against
PARIS (JTA) — President
answer is no." She went on to em- 'of sentators that Israel's society Palestinian guerrillas which re-
Georges Pompidou and Israel
phasize that Israel wishes to avoid was collapsing.
sulted in the virtual elimination of Ambassador Asher ben Natan are
any shooting whatever, pointing Air-Raid Drill Adds to
terrorist strongholds in Jordan due to meet after the technical
out that "No matter who wins, Mood of Preparedness
this year and a marked subsi-
6640 E. 8
there will be loss of lives and we TEL AVIV (JTA)—Civil defense dence of terrorist activities against and financial problems of the
"Mirage affair" will have been
don't want anyone shot."
commanders expressed satisfaction Israel from Jordanian soil.
She also disclaimed any worry with the results of the nationwide
Tal was in Cairo at the head of told the JTA that after this first
Fri., Sat. & Sun.
about the United Nations General air raid drill, something rare for
Assembly debate on the Middle Israelis. .Nov.23. They said there Jordan's delegation to the Arab phase will have been concluded,
States' Defense Council, a meeting Pompidou will be open to a dis-
East. She said Israel would wel-
come any discussion that led to sophisticated early warning sys- attended by the foreign and de- cussion of the political and diplo-
something constructive for peace. tems and air-raid sirens which had fense ministers and chiefs of matic differences between France
staff of the Arab states. He was and Israel. The Franco-Israeli
"but I'm afraid that that's not the been planned months ago.
talks on the reimbursement of the
intention of those who asked for
Nevertheless. the tests added to gunned down outside the Shera

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this debate. The situation should the general air of preparedness
be dealt with and not by making that has followed in the wake of
I President Anwar Sadat's speeches
Mrs. Meir shrugged off a ques- ' to Egyptian soldiers and pilots.
tion as to whether she was in
Most Israeli commentators stress
the U. S. to obtain Phantom jets,
that Sadat must be taken at his
saying only that relations with word.
the U. S. were "very friendly."
The situation along the Suez
She expressed gratitude that the Canal remains unchanged so far.
President and Secretary Rogers Egyptian soldiers are still to be
had "taken time to listen to our seen fishing in the waterway and
problems." There is nothing ex- going about their duties without
traordinary in a meeting of this helmets. But the calm could be
kind, she stated. "Many come to
deceptive, and Israel military au-
Washington to lay their prob-
thorities are fully aware of the
lems before the President."
formidable Egyptian forces facing
On her flight from Tel Aviv, them across the 300-foot wide
Mrs. Meir was accompanied by canal. These include six-seven in-
her political adviser, Simha fantry and armored divisions--a
Dinitz: her military aide, Brig. total of 75,000 men—over 1,000
Gen. Israel Lion.) and her per- artillery pieces and nearly 1,000
sonal assistant, Mrs. Lou Kaddar. tanks of various types.
In addition there is a network
Mrs. Meir was met at Kennedy
Airport by the deputy chief of the of Soviet-made SAM-2 and SAM-3
Israel Embassy. Avner Irian, and ground-to-air missiles as well as
a protocol officer for the State batteries of the Egyptian surface.
Department, William Kodus. Upon to-surface "Frog' missile which
arriving at Andrews Air Force can carry a 500 kg warhead near-
Base she was greeted by Israel ly 70 miles. Egypt has also de-
Ambassador to the U.S. Itzhak ployed large amounts of equip-
Rabin, and a hail-dozen officials ment needed for an amphibious
of the U.S. government, headed crossing of the canal.
by Joseph J. Sisco, assistant Sec- Jewish Leaders Cancel
retary of state for Middle East Meeting In Wash'ngton
and South Asia; Alfred L. Ather-
NEW YORK (J -1•A)—The meet-
ton, deputy assistant secretary of ing of top Jewish community lead-
state for the the Middle East and ers which was scheduled for Wash-.
South Asia; and H. H. Stackhouse, ington Monday and Tuesday was
Israeli desk officer at the State cancelled in light of Premier Golda
Department. All the major tele- Meir's visit to the capital - on
vision networks and news services Thursday.
were present at the base lounge
Sen.. Jacob K. Javits (11, N. Y.)
to meet her, along with most mem- declared that "If quiet is to pre-
bers of the Israeli Embassy.
vail on the banks of the Suez and
This fourth visit to the U. S. the Jordan, then there must be a
since taking office is a private great noise on the banks of the
visit for Mrs, Meir. Her only offi- Potomac." Speaking Nov. 22 to
cial visit here as prime minister 20,000 persons attending the United
was in 1969.
Jewish - Appeal's annual "Night of
Tight security was maintained Stars" in Madison Square Garden,
by Israeli officials on Mrs. Meir's at which over $300,000 was raised,
itinerary, She rested Wednesday Javits explained: "It is in Wish-
after her long trip from Tel Aviv, ington, 10,000. miles away from
meeting only with embassy offi- the council chambers of Jerusalem
cials. On Friday she is to meet and Cairo where the next vital de-
with leading senators at the Capi- cision for Israel's defense will be
tol at the invitation of Sen. Stuart Made."
Symington (D. Mo.), chairman of
Javits said "assurances of 'don't
the Senate subcommittee for the worry' from the U. S. State De-
Middle East.
partment understandably cannot
There was no official farewell assuage her (Israel's) concern—or
ceremony at Lydda Airport when ours." There is, he said, "much
Mrs. Meir took off aboard the in - •experience to confirm our con-
El Al 747 jumbo jet. She told re-, cern," referring to what he de-

porters that she would tell them Scribed as State Department un-
"almost everything" when she certainty over whether Russia has

comes home. Asked if she expected or has not increased its military
to come back with a promise for aid to Egypt.
the restraied delivery of Phantoms, Assassination of Tal Seen
Mrs. Meir replied: "I have a very as Blow to Arab Unity
big shopping bag with me."
JERUSALEM (JTA)—The. assas-
"I will take my truth with me sination of Wasfi el Tal, premier
to Washington," Premier Meir de- and defense minister of Jordan
clared last Friday night in an ad- outside of his Cairo hotel Sunday,
dress to the Labor Party's Cen- was viewed by observers -here, as,

26—Friday, December 3, 1971


ton Hotel in downtown Cairo de- money paid by Israel for the 50
spite the presence of 15 Jordanian Mirage planes embargoed on the
eve of the Six-Day War are for
security men in his party.
The Israel cabinet held two ses- the time being in their initial
sions Sunday. The second, which phase, namely that which deals
lasted well into the evening, was with financial and technical mat-
devoted mainly to political mat- ters.
The French sources said that
ters linked to Premier Golda
Meir's meeting with President "The president will not discuss
Nixon in Washington.
financial matters but, once this
The cabinet approved the gov-
ernment's reply to a memorandum
from four African presidents con-
ducting a Middle East peace mis-
sion on behalf of the Organiza-
tion of African Unity. The reply
will be sent to President Leopold
Senghor of Senegal, head of the
mission, who will in turn submit
it to a committee of 10 African
heads of state meeting in Dakar.


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