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Israel Military Power Up Since October War, Rabin Tells Knesset
present cabinet and will func- tors can't help wondering
tion under the chairmanship how the public can be as-
of the premier. Its conven- sured that the Agranat Com-
ings, deliberations and deci- mittee's recommendations
will be implemented.
sions will be secret.
What can be gathered from
The new body will replace
the system instituted by for- the minute portion made
mer Premier Golda Meir — public is that the final report
and maintained by Rabin does not go beyond confirm.
until now—in which the en- ing the findings and recom-
FOUND IN DETROIT:
tire cabinet would constitute mendations of the interim
the lost art of tailoring
itself as a ministerial defense report. No hint of blame has
Where? At Steve Petix,
committee. Although the dis- been laid on the political
the home of the immaculate fit
closure of any of its delib- leadership.
in custom, tailored-to-measure
or quality brand clothing
erations was punishable un-
But the Israeli public can-
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quently leaks and the Agra- there was a close connection•
nat Committee found the sys- between the army's incom-
tem to be unwieldy and petence in the initial days of
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The authority of the new mented by the committee —
body includes the power to and its civilian administra-
discuss and decide, within tor, namely the minister of
the framework of govern- defense. Moreover, people
ment policy, all issues per- are still asking themselves
taining to the structure of whether the adverse political
the army, its state of pre- consequences of the war were
paredness and equipment; all not the bitter fruit of a
military operations within wholly mistaken conception
the framework of govern- maintained by Premier Meir
ment policy and instructions; and Dayan.
and to assimilate intelligence
Four of the 42 pages are
information and discuss and devoted to the shortcomings
decide issues relating to the of Gen. Shmuel Gonen who
was commander of the
The Agranat Committee's southern front when Egyp-
full final report was made tian forces launched their
available to the cabinet Sun- surprise attack across the
day. Premier Rabin thanked Suez Canal on Oct. 6, 1973.
the panel on behalf of the
While the Agranat panel
cabinet and announced that found Gonen to be an out-
he would call a special ses- standing and courageous
sion of the cabinet to discuss commander on the divisional
the final report as soon as level, with an excellent mili-
all ministers had a chance tary record, it found his abil-
to digest its contents.
ities inadequate to command
Rabin read the cabinet a larger formations in actual
letter from the committee's battle. The criticism of Go-
chairman, Supreme C o u r. t nen concentrated largely on
President Shimon Agranat, events of Oct. 8 when Israeli
listing a number of high forces suffered a severe set:
ranking army officers who back in their first 'attempt
the committee thought should to counter-attack advancing
be allowed to read the full Egyptian forces.
report. Only 42 pages of the
The report vindicated Gen.
1,512-page document has been Ariel Sharon, a Yom Kippur
War hero, of breach of dis-
Agranat is the sole arbiter cipline in his initial refusal
under law as to who may to obey an attack order is-
read the full report apart sued by Gonen which Sharon
from members of the cabinet considered inadvisable. The
and of the Knesset's foreign report said that Sharon's
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•ittee itself — appeared to The Agranat panel recom-
emerge this week. Most Is- mended initially that Gonen
raelis, including the leading be suspended and denied
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political and military com- further commissions in the
mentators, are hard put to army. In its final report,
compose an intelligible pic- however, the committee rec-
ture of the panel's overall ommended that he be al-
findings and recommenda- lowed to continue his mili-
tions from the tiny segment tary service though not above
the divisional command level
made public last week.
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gence and its ability to 'ab-
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While the public under- running away from it.
stands that "security rea-
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sons" may have precluded
the publication of parts of without a lot of encourage-
the final report, commenta- ment.
mier Yitzhak Rabin told the
Knesset Wednesday that Is-
rael's fire - power has in-
creased substantially since
the Yom Kippur War and
assured the parliament that
even if Egypt receives the
weapons it has requested
from the Soviet, Union, the
balance of power between
Israel and the Arab states
would not become worse this
year than it was on the eve
of the war.
Rabin disclosed that by the
end of 1975, Israel would
have 85 percent more artil-
lery pieces and 50 percent
more tanks than it had on
Oct. 6, 1973.
Armored personnel car-
riers will increase by 25 per-
cent and combat aircraft by
20 percent, he reported.
Rabin added that the quality
telligence should be strength-
ened has been implemented.
He said in that connection
that the foreign ministery's
research department has
been greatly enlarged and
entrusted with broader func-
Rabin also referred to the
cabinet's decision last Sun-
day to establish a select min-
isterial committee on defense.
He said that body would
handle day - to - day defense
matters but the full cabinet
would still decide on all
major policy steps.
The special ministerial de-
fense committee will consist
Friday, February 7, 1975-13 of not more than half of the
of Israel's weapons would be
significantly better than it
was in 1973.
He said the lessons of the
war and the recommenda-
tions of the Agranat Commit-
tee have been fully learned
and applied, both to the
army and the relevant civil-
ian bodies. He said the only
recommendation of the Ag-
ranat panel that is still under
study is its suggestion that
the premier appoint an ad-
viser on intelligence affairs.
Rabin said the committee's
advice that alternative, non-
military units assessing in-
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