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October 12, 1973 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-10-12

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Israelis' Initial Elation Plummets: This Is No 6-Day War

By DAVID LANDAU

(Copyright 1973, JTA, Inc.)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The
atmosphere, the mood of the
people in the towns of Israel,
has changed sharply. From
near-elation Monday noon ,
when—to judge by the radio
—the tide of battle was turn-
ing, and turning fast, the
feeling of the people has be-
come one of uneasy concern.
Because the elation was pre-
mature and overdone, so,
therefore, is the current wor-
ried, pensive mood which
grips the nation overdone.
The reason is not far to
seek — many observers have
noted it: The average Israeli
is still thinking in terms of
the Six-Day War, when the
initiative was Zahal's, the
battles were fought on each
front consecutively and not
concurrently, and the enemy
was not nearly so powerful, so
well-trained or so prepared to
give battle. Editorial writers
in the daily papers, aware of
the hard struggle which still
lies before Zahal, warned the
people not to be over-exhilar-
ated — and their articles con-

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tributed to the flat feeling
which many Israelis felt when
they awoke Wednesday to
hear that the Egyptians are
still there, and had poured
more men and materials in
during the night, and that the
Syrians, though slowly being
ousted from the Golan
Heights, had mounted a
large-scale counterattack dur-
ing the night.
"Indeed we have been
spoilt," wrote Yediot Ahro-
not in its editorial. "Spoilt a
little by the army which has
got us used to giddy victories
after only hours of warfare
. . . but it is not always pos-
sible to repeat giddy vic-
tories . . . "
The Jerusalem Post is
sober, too: "Despite the ad-
vances on the ground, and
the supremacy in the skies
which Israel has enjoyed
throughout, there is every
reason to believe that stiff
fighting lies ahead. What we
have succeeded in doing is
to stunt the enemy's advance
and push him back. But the
main offensive push still lies
ahead. And her e Israel's
armed forces will be facing,
an enemy that has been pre-
paring for war for many
months . . . "
These objective words
came as a shock to most Is-
raelis because the radio had
been painting through the
evening hours a rosy picture.
Repeatedly, its reporters in
Sinai reported the "annihila-
tion" of Egyptian a r m o r
which they saw proceeding
before their eyes. It was
therefore a rude awakening
to learn that new armor had
crossed the water overnight.
Monday noon the radio's
commentator Hayim Herzog

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had indicated that Israel was
going on the offensive, and
in his evening press confer-
ence Gen. David E l a z a r
seemed to indicate that -Is-
raeli forces were on the point
of crossing the cease-fire
lines. Listeners were there-
fore made uneasy by the news
Tuesday—repeated all morn-
ing and into the afternoon —
that the Israel army was
holding a line "five to seven
kilometers east of the canal."
There was no hint, moreover,
of a forward movement in
Sinai.
There was also the report
released of the Frug missile
damage in the north which
had people worried. More
buoying were reports of suc-
cessful bombing inside Syria
and in Damascus itself as
well as successful ground
action on the Golan.

Around the World

In Paris, French Foreign
Minister Michel Jobert justi-
fied the attack on Israel.
He told newsmen: "I wonder
if one should consider as a
surprise attack the attempt
to re-enter into one's own
homeland."
JTA reports from Paris
that strong French police con-
centrations have been massed
in the Belleville area of the
city to prevent possible Arab-
Jewish fighting. Police have
also increased their guards
at Jewish and Israeli installa-
tions in the French capital.
The Israeli Consulate in Par-
is reported that hundreds of
volunteers have been stream-
ing in all day asking to enlist
in the Israeli army and hun-
dreds of others have phoned
offering financial contribu-
tions to Israel's armed
forces.
In London, JTA learned
from Jewish sources in the
Soviet Union that groups of
Jewish activists all over the
USSR have sent messages of
sympathy and encouragement
for Israel. Some have di-
rected their messages
through the usual postal
channels; others have used
telephone convefsations to
ask friends abroad to convey
their anxiety about the new
war in the Middle East.
President Habib Bourguiba
of Tunisia, which has de-
clared that it was joining the
war against. Israel, called on
the Tunisian army and police
to prevent "anti-Semitic or
racial demonstrations." Radio
Tunis said the president took
these precautions to prevent
possible demonstrations,
though none had been re-
ported.
Radio Algiers announced
Sunday that the first Moroc-
can medical teams arrived in
Syria and Egypt Sunday
morning and have already
reached both fronts.
Small groups of pro-Arab
and pro-Israel demonstrators
hurled epithets at each other
in front of the Israeli UN
Mission in New York Sunday
morning. Police kept the two
groups apart.
Reaction to the new Middle
East war continued to pour
in from world capitals. In
Oslo, Norwegian Foreign
Minister D a g f inn Vaaril
called on the U.S. and Soviet
governments to exert pres-
sure on the parties involved
to end the hostilities.
Unconfirmed reports
reached Tel Aviv that mem-
bers of various Arab terrorist
organizations have been
trained in Czechoslovakia by
the Czech army special field

engineering branch. The
training includes acts of sab-
otage, according to Yediot
Ahronot. According to the re-
port, the commander of the
training detail is a former
SS man named Roman Go-
mota. Gomota, 56, was a close
friend of Ernest Kaltenbrun-
ner, one of the leaders of the
Nazi regime.

Congressmen
Nixon Meet

State Henry A. Kissinger to Montana told newsmen, "We
receive their reports on the (Continued on Page 13)
military status and the diplo-
matic activities concerned
F RESTONE
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"As far as the congres-
sional elements at the meet-
ing this morning are con-
cerned," Senate Democratic
Leader Mike Mansfield of

By JOSEPH POLAKOFF
JTA Washington Bureau

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
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