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January 11, 1974 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-01-11

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isassmaer tilt to srae an Cii—
ro to Spur Disengagement Talks

(Continued from Page 1)
The third trip by Kissinger
in two months to meet with
Israeli and Egyptian leaders
indicates that he is himself
the central figure in the
"proximity talks" which the
Nixon administration fostered
more than a year ago as a
preliminary to discussions on
an "interim agreement" that
would lead to an Israeli pull-
back along the canal. These
developments do not now
have these names but the
concepts are the same.

Premier Golda Meir was
ill with a virus cold, and her
place as chairman was taken
by Deputy Premier Yigal
Allon. Observers said no de-
cisions would be taken till
Mrs. Meir returned to her
post. Some sources said the
idea now is for Kissinger
and perhaps U. S. diplomats
in Cairo to seek from the
Egyptians their reactions to
the general ideas on disen-
gagement which Dayan out-
lined to Kissinger. The U. S.
will also transmit Dayan's
views to the Kremlin.

In Jerusalem informed
sources believe there will be
Without going into precise
no substantive moves at the detail, many sources here are
Geneva disengagement talks pointing to a general scheme
until a new coalition govern- involving an Israeli pullback
ment takes shape in Israel to the Mitla and Gidi passes.
and President Anwar Sadat UNEF would take up a wide
completes his reshuffling of strip between the Israelis
the Egyptian cabinet. The Is- and the remaining Egyptian
raeli and Egyptian military forces on the canal's east
negotiators met for 70 min- bank. while Egyptian forces
utes in Geneva Wednesday would, of course, replace the
and adjourned until next withdrawing Israelis op the
west bank. The size and
It was reported in Cairo power of the Egyptian - forces
Wednesday that President on the east bank remains a
Sadat will form a new gov- crucial issue for negotiation.
ernment, possibly next week, Israel sees a substantial thin-
and has asked Deputy Pre- ninE,, out as a vital ouid pro
mier Dr. Abdel Aziz Moham- Pun in return for its own
med Hegazi to plan a social withdrawal. There has to
and economic reform pro- date been no Egyptian agree-
gram. Some observers saw ment to this. The period of
in the report an indication implementation of the actual
that the Egyptians may be disengagement is another
shifting away from a war issue for discussion. While
policy toward economic re- theoretically it could be done
habilitation, including the re- within a few days, Israel
envisages it as an orderly
opening of the Suez Canal.
precess taking some weeks
The Israel cabinet heard and ending with a redeploy-
Sunday from Dayan a re- ment in well-prepared posi-
port of his talks with Kis- tions at the passes (just west
singer. No decisions were of the passes in fact).

Agunot Feared
as War Result

Another issue is the re-
opening of the canal and re-
vival of commercial and
civilian life in the bankside
towns. If these two moves
were carried out by Egypt—
over a period of time of
course — Israel would see in
them an earnest sign of
Eg.vnt's good will in relin-
auishing the war option and
heading for a peaceful settle-
ment. For this reason Israel
envisages a period of months
or even a year or more dur-
ing which the disengagement
agreement would be in force.
and the canal towns and
waterway resuscitated.
On his return from Wash-
ington Sunday, Davan said a
mutual understanding had
been achieved between the
United States and Israel crm-
cerning the approach to the
issue of separation of forces
along the Suez Canal.

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia
Yosef said he hoped the Yom
Kippur War would neave no
`agunot' — women whose
husbands are missing and
may therefore not remarry
under Jewish religious law.
The chief rabbi disclosed
that two months ago' he
initiated the establishment of
a special rabbic court to deal
with war agunot. He heads
the bet din; its other mem-
bers are Army Chief Chap-
lain Mordechai Firon and his
deputy, Gad Na von. The
court meets twice weekly.
This court examines the
file of each missing soldier
and when it is duly satisfied
that he can be considered
Dayan told reporters- at
halakhically proven as dead,
it pronounces him officially Ben - Gurion (Lod) Airport,
dead, and his widow may however, that there was no
way of knowing to what ex-
marry again.
tent the mutual understand-
The army does not pro- ing with the U.S. would fur-
nounce any soldier dead until ther the necessary mutual
the army chaplaincy concurs understanding with Egypt.
halakhically in the pro-
Dayan met for a total of
nouncement. Rabbi Yosef
said he hoped no file would seven hours with Kissinger
be left unclosed, and that all in Washington Friday and
the aguna problems would be Saturday. He also met with
Defense Secretary James R.
Barring some unforeseen
Sources close to the Israeli
catastrophe that may over- delegation in Geneva de-
take the whole human race, scribed the discussions as
the Jew is here to stay.— "down to earth" and said the
Robert Gordis. talks were proceeding nicely.


were taken, however.
Maj. Gen. Mordehai Gur.
head of the Israeli negotiat-
ing team in Geneva, returned
to Jerusalem Sunday for con-
Dayan and _Kissinger met
with reporters after emerg-
ing from a four-hour meeting
at the State Department in
Washington, apparently satis-
fied with the outcome of their
discussions. They disclosed
that concrete Israeli pro-
posals for disengagement
would be forthcoming in the
very near future.
Dayan told the Washington
newsmen that he was "per-
sonally very happy" over his
meeting with Kissinger. He
cautioned, h o w e v e r, that
"everybody should realize
that after such a long time
of hostilities between the
Egyptians and us that it is
very difficult to make even
the first step for an agree-
ment. I hope we are now in
a position to make such a
step at Geneva."
When Kissinger was asked
whether the U.S. and Israeli
positions were in agreement,
he replied; "The two posi-
tions have approached each
other very substantially."
He told newsmen later that
his talks with Dayan cen-
tered on "t actics and
nuances." He observed that
there are no "significant dif-
ferences" between the U.S.
and Israeli Positions.
5,495 UNEF Troops
Stationed in Mideast
— The strength of United
Nations Emergency Force
(UNEF) in the Mideast to
date is 5,495 troops of an
authorized total strength of
7,000, a UN spokesman an-
nounced. Contingents from
Ghana, Nepal and Senegal
will comprise the rest of the
force. The estimated number
of troops from each country
in the UNEF is between 400
and 600 with the exception of
the logistic contingent from
Canada with 1,041 troops.
Gunnar V. Jarring, the
special representative of Sec-
retary General Kurt Wald-
heim to the Mideast, has re-
turned to Stockholm from
Moscow, where he Served as
the Swedish ambassador and
is not involved in the foreign
service of his country. Ac-
cording to a UN spokesman,
Jarring is still Waldheim's
special representative to the
Mideast. Waldheim himself
returned to New York on
Saturday from Mexico where
he met with Mexico's presi-
dent and discussed among
other subjects, the Mideast
situation. .
After talks with Waldheim,
Foreign • Minister Emilio Ra-
basa told the press that
the 'Mexican government
supports the Security Coun-
cil Resolution 242 on Israeli
evacuation of occupied terri-
tories but also supports Is-
rael's right to secure recog-
nized boundaries and to live
in peace with full sovereignty.
Syrian violations of the
cease-fire between Dec. 35,
1973, and Jan. 5, 1974, inclu-
sive were reported to Wald-
heim by the acting perman-

ent representative of Israel, ment of last October, Dr. drawal to the pre-Six-Day
Ghorbal said.
Ambassador Jacob Doron.
War boundaries, saying that
He insisted several times this "implication could be
Three Israeli soldiers were
killed in a sudden Syrian that the Palestinians must stretching it a little.” But he
indicated that more than dis-
artillery barrage on the participate in the Geneva
engagement on the Suez
Golan Heights. The three
would bring the embargo's
men were killed in the open- will be turned back 25 years. end.
ing volley. Israeli gunners
In semi-private discussions
returned the fire and an here, Dr. Ghorbal is known
artillery duel developed over to have said that the Arab
a wider sector, lasting a half governments will meet in 6—Friday, January 11, 1974
Cairo at the end of this
month to decide which Pales-
According to unconfirmed tinians will participate in I STILL
reports reaching Jerusalem Geneva.
from London the Soviet
The lifting of the Arab oil I
Union has dispatched some
1,500 advisers and experts, embargo, Dr. Ghorbal indi-
including East Germans, to cated, would not necessarily
Syria since the end of the wait for Israel's full with-
Yom Kippur War to assist
the Syrians in maintaining
and operating new Soviet
Ghorbal: Arabs Depend
on Disengagement
The Egyptian government
insists that Syria's participa-
tion in the Geneva confer-
ence and Egypt's resump-
tion of formal diplomatic re-
lations with the United States
ottoorikiorWiam~ 4 •001%100W
depend on fulfillment of the
hopes for disengagement of
the military forces along the
Suez Canal as asserted by
Secretary of State Henry A.
Kissinger following his two
days of talks with Israeli De-
fense Minister Moshe Dayan.
This was plainly indicated by
the Egyptian ambassador
designate to the United
States, Dr. Ashraf Ghorbel,
on the CBS program "Face
the Nation" with reporters
Marvin Kalb, George Her-
inan and Joseph Kraft.
Dr. Ghorbal and Hermann
Eilts were designated as the
Egyptian and American am-
bassadors with much fan-
fare in Washington two
months ago but neither has
yet been formally accredited.
Syria will enter the Gen-
eva talks when Israel fulfills
the six-part cease-fire agree-

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