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September 06, 1974 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-09-06

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Israel Still Considers U.S. Main Arms Supplier

fense Minister Shimon Peres
said that Israel would con-,-
tinue to regard the United
States as its chief source of
arms supplies despite
France's decision to end its
seven-year-old embargo on
arms shipments to Israel and
the Arab countries.
Replying to questions on a
radio and television inter-
view, Peres said there were
only two major sources of
'modern, sophisticated wea-
ponry in the world—the U.S.
and the Soviet Union. France,
he said, cannot replace the
U.S. as an arms source for
Israel in the foreseeable fu-



The defense minister dis- marked an end to the inci-
closed that Israel has re- dents, Peres said.
ceived a note from Gen. En-
Peres said he thought the
sio Siilasvuo, the commander •Russian • provocations were
of the United Nations Emer- aimed at testing Israel's re-
gency Force (UNEF) advis- solve.
ing the government of a re ,.
Meanwhile, the announce-
quest to coordinate the times ment in Paris that France
and locations of Russian has ended its Middle East
mine-sweeping operations in arms embargo is being
the Gulf of Suez.
studied carefully in Israel.
He said Siilasvuo's note The initial official reaction
marked the end of a series of has been one of discreet
provocative actions by Soviet silence.
naval vessels in the gulf dur-
The foreign. ministry
ing the past two weeks.
spokesman said merely that
Peres said the incidents be- Israel would want to examine
gan when Russian mine- the "practical meaning" of
sweepers and helicopters for the announcement, and espe-
the first time crossed a line cially of the statement that
that Israel and Egypt had by arms sales would be ap-
de facto agreement estab- proved after examination of
lished at a midpoint in the each individual case. He said
gulf to separate their re- that Asher Ben Natan, Is-
spective territorial waters.
rael's Ambassador to France,
He said Israel promptly who is currently vacationing
lodged a complaint with in Israel, will return shortly
UNEF and the Russians to Paris and hold talks with
halted their violations, but French officials on this sub-
resumed them four days ago. ject.
Siilasvuo again was ad-
Nongovernmental commen-
vised of the situation and was tators here all say the event
told that Israel had no ob- presages an increase and di-
jection to the Russian mine- versification of arms now
clearing operations provided flowing into the Mideast.
they were carried out in co- They expect that Egypt in
operation and coordination particular will benefit from
with Israeli forces.
the French decision. It will
Several provocative actions no longer have to resort to
by the Russians followed, in- subterfuges to obtain French
cluding the Aug. 27 water- arms and at the same time
hose "attack" on Israeli will be a b le to exploit
naval patrol boats by a Rus- France's new readiness to
sian mine-sweeper. But the sell arms openly to all com-
delivery of Siilasvuo's note ers as a lever to obtain Soviet
arms, of which Cairo has
been starved in post-Yom
Kippur War months.
Israel, too, will obviously
avail itself, subtly and dis-
creetly, of the available op-
tion of buying French hard-
the return
ware in its arms dealings
with Washington where cer-
tain articles have still been
hard to come by for the Is-
raeli ministers and generals
sent there on purchasing mis-
sions in recent weeks, these
to their
commentators note.
In the long run, most re-
Sales staff
alistic observers here agree,
the lifting of the French em-
bargo will mean that the -Mid-
east arms race will become a
matter of money rather- than
of politics.

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Greater Detroit Jewry is

Invited by the

Detroit Friends of Bar-Han University

To join in extending the meritorious
recognition to a distinguised scholar


Executive Director of Detroit Friends of
Bar-Ilan University and of Mizrachi-Hapoel Hamizrachi

at the Annual Dinner of
Detroit Friends of Bar-Ilan University
Thursday Evening, September 12th
at Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Colonel- Charged
in Peers' Deaths

Israeli colonel has been
charged by a military tribu-
nal with negligence that con-
tributed to the death of three
officers under his command
in a snow storm in the Santa
Katerina -Monastery region of
southern Sinai last January.
The officer, whose name was
not disclosed, has denied the
The colonel and his group
were on their way to the mon-
astery to visit an army unit
there when their vehicles
were immobilized by the
The colonel continued the
journey on foot, not taking
into consideration that his
own physical fitness was no
guage of the fitness of the
others who were not properly
dressed for the weather con-
ditions. As a result, a major
and two captains lost their
lives, the military tribunal

Friday, Sept. 6, 1974-13


Chancellor of
Bar-Ilan University
Will make the
Presentation of the
Honor to



The Bar-Ilan University dinner on Sept. 12
will serve a double purpose: support for a
great university and deserved honors for an-
eminent scholar, Mr. Zvi Tomkiewicz. We urge
community-wide participation in this function.



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Board of Bar-Ilan University

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