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January 03, 1975 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-01-03

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Friday, January 3, 1975-5
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Borowitz to Be
Book Award Judge AJCommittee Hits Terrorists' Attack
NEW YORK — Rabbi Eu-

Possible War Cited Again by Ford

WASHINGTON (JTA)—For
the second time in less than
a week President Ford has
expressed his belief that there
is a high likelihood of war in
the Middle East.
His latest statement was
made Saturday in a year-end
interview with UPI in Vail,
Colorado, where the President
and his f am i l y are on a
Christmas holiday. Last week
syndicated columnist Joseph
Alsop reported that Ford con-
s' -1. rs there is a high chance
nei,ved war in the Mideast
'in hardly more than a

take over some Arab oilfields,
or help Israel to do so, if
there is another Arab oil em-
bargo.
There had been some re-
ports that the Pentagon was
thinking in terms of a military
intervention against the Arabs
in case of a new oil embargo
to protect U.S. "vital inter-
ests."

Ford's latest warning came
when he was asked by UPI
to comment on Alsop's earlier
disclosure. "I firmly believe,
unless there is some move-
ment on a step-by-step basis
(toward) peace in the Middle
East, there's a high degree,
there's a high likelihood of
war," he told UPI.

Declaring he was encour-
aged despite rising tensions
in the area, Ford - said: "I
think all parties recognize an-
other war would be a real
tragedy, both in lives lost and
the financial cost. I think its
consequences could be very
serious."

Asked what he planned to
do about the situation, the
President stated: "Keep on
working, trying to get Israelis
and Arabs to expand the dis-
engagement efforts that were
successful in 1973 and 1974, to
broaden the agreements (be-
tween) the Israelis and the
Arab nations. If we keep
working on it, and get some
success, I think we can pre-
vent another bloody con-
flict . . . "
Ford also stated that it would
be "inappropriate" to com-
ment on recurring reports
that there is a National Se-
curity Council contingency
plan for the United States to

the Persian Gulf oil fields is
seen as impractical because
NEW YORK—Reacting to that the attack on "Christian
the wells and pipelines are gene B. Borowitz, president the terrorists' attack on a tourists at the beginning of
of
the
Jewish
W
elf
are
highly vulnerable to sabotage.
Board's Jewish Book Council bus carrying American the Christmas season bears

On Dec. 17 the Defense De-
partment denied reports that
Americar troops were being
trained to take over Mideast
oilfields in event of another
embargo. Department spokes-
man William. Beecher insisted
that "there has been no
change in the training of any
of the services of any kind"
to warrant this speculation.

He declined to comment on
any contingency plans or to
say if the department con-
sidered as feasible a U.S. mil-
itary takeover of oilfields.
Beecher referred to a state-
ment by Defense Secretary
James Schlesinger that the
U.S. was not contemplating
any military action of any
kind in the Mideast.
The speculation arose when
the U.S. Army's magazine,
"Soldiers," reported in No-
vember on a helicopter as-
sault training exercise near
Fort Riley, Kansas, on a tar-
get named "Petrolandia."
The D e f e n s e Department
stated subsequently that the
name was due to an unfortu-
nate typographical error and
the proper name should have
been "Patrolandia." On Dec.
18 White House Press Secre-
tary Ron Nessen charged that
talk of U.S. military interven-
tion in the Mideast was irre-
sponsible.

Nevertheless unofficial talk
in certain high circles in
Washington has been that U.S.
Marines would attempt a
takeover • of Libya's vulner-
able oil fields. A takeover of

Alsop, in his column, had
stated that Ford felt that an-
other Mideast war will have
shocking consequences, rang-
ing from re-imposition of an
oil embargo to the emergence
of a measure of serious anti-
Semitism in the U.S.
Alsop also reported, "be-
cause of Vietnam, he (Ford)
does not think the American
people will stand for an active
role (in the Mideast) unless
the Soviets intervene first.
"But in that event, He
plainly feels that our own mil-
itary intervention cannot be
excluded." Nessen refused to
comment on Alsop's report
last week. He said the con-
versation between Alsop and
Ford had been off the record.

and Professor of Education
and Jewish Thought at the
New York School of Hebrew
Union College—Jewish Insti-
tute of Religion, has been
named to a three-man panel
of judges for the 26th annual
National Book Awards in the
philosophy and religion cate-
gory.
The Natonal Book Awards
are presented annually for
books written or translated
by American citizens and
published in the United States
during the previous calendar
year and which, in the opinion
of the judges, are the most
distinguished books in their
respective categories.

Christian tourists in Israel,
the executive vice president
of the American Jewish Com-
mittee called on the U.S. and
the United Nations to warn
the Palestine Liberation Or-
ganization that its tactics will
no longer be tolerated.,
Bertram H. Gold declared

an interesting resemblance
to the attack on Israel on the
day of Yom Kippur 1973,"
and stated that "it demon-
strates the diabolic intent of
the Arab guerillas, who
dare to strike at innocent
people when they are most
vulnerable."

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Golda Calls for U.S. Support

NEW YORK Former
Prime Minister Golda Meir
called for greater aid from
American Jewry to help Is-
rael meet her serious eco-
nomic crisis.
In her last public appear-
ance before returning to Is-
rael, Mrs. Meir, who was the
guest of honor at a national
dinner of tribute sponsored
by Israel Bonds, told 2,000
Jewish leaders at the Wal-
dorf-Astoria that her coun-
try's "serious financial situa-
tion" led to the adoption of
an emergency program of
terity early last month.
c";If we didn't adopt this
emergency program,"
Israel leader said, "we
would soon run out of dollars
to buy raw materials for our
industry. And if the machines
and factories stopped running
we would face an even more
terrible problem of unem-
ployment on a mass scale."

The former Pr e m i e r
stressed the role of the Israel
Bond campaign "to prevent
a dangerous setback for our
entire economic structure."
More than $27.6 million in

in greater numbers."
She declared that Israel is
ready to welcome Russian
Jews "at any cost," but she
warned of the consequences
of a weak economy that
would not be in a position to
offer employment to the new
immigrants.

Mrs. Meir pointed out that
Jews in America and the
people of Israel share a com-
mon fate and a common des-
tiny. Her current visit, she
added, convinced her that Is-
rael was not isolated, despite
recent unfavorable votes and
decisions in the General As-
sembly of the U N and
UNESCO.
In discussing Israel's reli-

ance on American Jewish
aid, the Israeli leader de-
clared: "Today, in spite of
the serious problems we are
facing, we can look in the fu-
ture with courage and confi-
dence because we know that
you will always be with us—
we will not be isolated be-
cause you are with us and
always will be—because we
know that when something
terrible happens in Israel,
the thousands of miles be-
tween us melt away and we
all become one family."

bonds were sold during her
18-day U. S. visit.
Mrs. Meir said that addi-
tional resources will be need-
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ed in the coming year to pre-
pare the economy to receive like a ghost or apparition;
the Jews who are "waiting to much talked of, but rarely
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