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April 19, 1974 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-04-19

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Soviet Role, Mt. Hermon's Status Crucial for Israel

(Continued from Page 1)
unalterably opposed to any
form of Soviet access to its
lines or positions.

The sources said the two
sides were also "very far
apart" on the depth of the
proposed Israeli pullback
and on the question of limit-
ed forces zones where both
sides would reduce their
military strength.
The latest Syrian proposals
—presented to U. S. Secre-
tary of State Henry A. Kis-
singer in Washington last
weekend and conveyed to the
government by Israel Am-
bassador Simha Dinitz, were
described as different, but
not significantly so, from
the earlier Syrian ideas. The
sources said Israel was not
surprised by them and antic-
ipated tough and prolonged
Nevertheless, Israel does
not regard the situation as
hopeless and takes the view
that Kissinger's forthcoming
visit to the region is worth-
while and by no means
doomed to failure.
A difficult factor is mount-
ing Soviet pressure on Kis-
singer for a Soviet role in
Middle East diplomacy. The
Geneva conference will have
to be resumed in some form
sooner or later, it is felt
here. For the present, it has
been agreed that U. S. Am-
bassador Ellsworth Bunker
will meet with his Russian
counterpart in Geneva.

But Moscow apparently
wants more. If Israeli-Syrian
disengagement talks make
progress, it is believed that
joint military working
groups will be set up by the
two sides—along the Israeli-
Egyptian pattern — which
would meet in Geneva to
continue the bargaining.
Israel's reply to the Syrian
proposals are expected to be
given to Kissinger when he
returns to the Middle East
next week to resume his ef-
forts for a disengagement ac-
Kissinger, serving as a go-
between the two sides, re-
ceived Israel's disengage-
ment proposals, with a de-
'tailed map, from Defense
Minister Moshe Dayan in
Washington two weeks ago.
Last week, he got the Syrian
proposals and map from a
Syrian delegation headed by
Brig. Gen. Hikmat al-Shi-
habi. The secretary of state
passed the Israeli plan over
to the Syrians and presented
the Syrian proposals to
Dinitz for conveyance to the
government in Jerusalem.
Dinitz, who met with Kis-
singer for 90 minutes Sun-
day, expressed guarded op-
timism afterwards. He told
reporters that he thought
the Syrian plan "definitely
has room for "give and
take." The initial Israeli re-
action has led observers to
believe that disengagement
negotiations have a good
chance of getting started de-
spite the continued fighting
between Israel and Syria—
now in its fifth week—along
the Yom Kippur War enclave
and the Golan Heights.
But an ominous portent
emerged Tuesday in a report

12 Friday, April 19, 1974

by the Beirut newspaper Al
Anwar that Syria will receive
the most modern fighter air-
craft and "Scud" ground-to-
ground missiles from the So-
viet Union under a new arms
deal signed by Syrian Pres-
ident Hafez Assad when he
was in Moscow last week.
According to Al Anwar,
which quoted diplomatic
sources, Syria has already
received the highly sophisti-
cated MIG-23 fighter aircraft
and is to get the even more
advanced MIG-25. In addi-
tion, the Soviet Union has
agreed to train Syrian air
force pilots in the USSR to
operate the MIG-25s, the
first time the Soviets have
agreed to train the pilots of
any but Warsaw Pact coun-
tries, Al Anwar said.
The beefing up of Syria's
military strength and the es-
calated fighting on the Golan
front—especially' Syria's per-
sistent attempts to capture
the strategic peak of Mt.
Hermon — indicate that Da-
mascus may try to recap-
ture territory it lost to Is-
rael in the Yom Kippur War
before it sits down to serious
disengagement negotiations.
The Syrian proposals pre-
sented to Kissinger are be-
lieved to demand that Israel
return all of the Syrian ter-
ritory it captured in October
plus part of the Golan
Heights Israel seized in the
1967 Six-Day War, including
the town of Kuneitra, the
former capital of the Golan
Israel's proposals reported-
ly offer to withdraw from
'part of the territory captured
in October but not one inch
of • the Golan Heights. Is-

rael is offering to relinquish
strategic points on 'Mt. Her-
mon, but to the UN, not to
Israelis Take Mr. Hermon
Peak in Heavy Fighting
TEL AVIV (JTA)—Israeli
forces captured the peak of
Mt. Hermon Sunday after an
early morning battle with
Syrian troops in frigid tem-
peratures nearly 10,000 feet
above sea level. According
to an Israeli military spokes-
man, the Syrians retreated,
leaving behind 12 dead.
Thirteen Israeli soldiers
were wounded in the heavy
fighting during which Israel
air force jets pounded Syr-
ian positions on the moun-
tain top and Syrian artillery
batteries supporting their
soldiers. Four more Israeli
soldiers were wounded in
heavy exchanges of artillery
and rocket fire between Is-
raeli and Syrian . forces on
Mt. Hermon and the southern
Golan Heights later in the
Israel Air Force jets were
called into action and rained
bombs and rocket fire on the
Syrians. But the latter took
shelter in a large cave near
the top. Israeli forces reach-
ed the peak to find the Syr-
ians still entrenched, and an
infantry battle ensued.
Israeli and Syrian forces
continued bitter exchange of
artillery and tank fire along
a 40-mile front Tuesday af-
ter a night of heavy shelling
by the Syrians which killed
one Israeli soldier a n d
wounded two others on the
peak of Mt. Hermon. . The
dead soldier was identified
as Sgt. Avraham Feldman,
23, of Kibutz Shaimir.

Student Volunteer Project 'Ezra'
Motivates Lower East Side Aged

NEW YORK — Project
Ezra, a project named for
the biblical prophet and a
word that in Hebrew means
help, is aimed to identify

Libya Drops Oil

Sh ipments
to Egypt

BEIRUT — The newspaper
An Nahar reported that Libya
has suspended oil shipments
to Egypt because Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat ac-
cepted the cease fire ending
the Yom Kippur War.
Libyan Prime Minister
Maj. Abdel Salam Jalloud
said that Libya responded
promptly to Egyptian re-
quests for oil "to be used in
the battles as fuel for tanks
and planes. But since the
battles have stopped, why
should they need oil?" Jal-
loud denied that Libya sus-
pended its financial subsidy
to Egypt.
Col. Muammer Qaddafi,
chairman of Libya's ruling
Revolution Command Coun-
cil, told An Nahar that Libya
is prepared to give Syria
whatever help it needs to
continue the fight against Is-
rael. He opposed the Egyp-
tian-Israeli cease fire al-
though Libyan forces didn't
take part in the October war.

William Brewster, a leader
on the Mayflower, in 1620,
was a printer.


and communicate with the
remnant of the Jewish com-
munity that resides in the
Lower East Side of the city.
The project, begun , 11/2
years ago, operates out of
an office in the Educational
Alliance Building on East
Broadway. About 60 student
volunteers from neighboring
colleges bring in part of the
changing outside world to the
aged living in what was once
"the cradle of the American..
Jewish community."
Most of the elderly, afraid
to open their doors due to
fear of crime and new
Spanish - speaking neighbors
whom they don't understand,
feel alienated until the visi-
tors arrive and bring them
up to date.
Volunteers usually arrange
for Saturday afternoon meals
with neighborhood families,
monthly theater parties and
weekly visits from interested
people to "reintroduce a
human element to lives that
were barren and burdened
with fear."
Financed by $10,000 grant-
ed annually by the Jewish
Association for College Youth
and by what it can raise in
donations, the group is run
by five staff members, who
each receive $350 a month.
The staff recruits volun-
teers from summer camps
and college campuses to visit
63 elderly persons weekly
and to maintain contact with
200 others each year.

The Syrians kept up a and observed that Syria is Kissinger's visits to Damas-
heavy artillery barrage seeking to obtain every ad- , cus and Jerusalem, next
through the night in efforts vantage it can get prior to week.
to dislodge Israeli infantry
entrenched near the top of
the strategic 9,232-foot moun-
tain. Israeli forces estab-
lished a stronghold in a cave
captured from the Syrians in
a fierce infantry clash Sun-
day. Defense Minister Moshe
Dayan was visiting the Is-
raeli soldiers Sunday night
when a Syrian shell burst
about 150 yards from the

mouth of the cave.

Distress at State Dept.
1018 W. 9 Mile Rd. FERNDALE, Between Live nois
Over Egyptian Threat
& Pinehurst
Alfons G. Rehme
Department said it had "no
information" on reports that
the Soviet government has
decided to deliver the latest
Russian MIG fighter aircraft
to Syria for use against Is-
rael in the current hostilities
on the Golan Heights. The de- Bar Mitzvah Suits, Sport
partment also would not
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comment on Egyptian For-
eign Minister Ismail Fah-
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mi's threats against Israel
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in the UN Security Council
over operations on the Syr-
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ian and Lebanese borders.
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But department sources
indicated uneasiness over
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these developments. 0 n e
source described them to the
JTA as "Arab provocation"


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