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March 21, 1975 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-03-21

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Gur Warns Syria-Controlled Palestine Army Lurks in North

Chief of Staff Mordechai
Gur has warned that several
thousand members of the
so-called Palestinian Liber-
ation Army, controlled by
Syria, are deployed over a
wide area of the northern
frontier ready to serve as
the spearhead of a general
attack on Israeli military
and civilian targets should
the Syrians decide to launch
large-scale hostilities in an
attempt to sabotage a sec-
ond-stage agreement be-
tween Israel and Egypt.
He said the Palestinian ir-
regulars were poised in posi-
tions from Fatahland to the
Hasbani River.
DPfense Minister Shimon
who accompanied
repeated the. same
warning later in an address
to high school students.
Both he and Gur stressed
that Israeli forces were fully
ready to deal with any con-

tingency. But the chief of
staff conceded that a new
war would be a fierce one
with no illusions about any
magical victory.

"The battlefields of to-
day are crammed with so-
phisticated weapons and
equipment and any new
war between us and the
'Egyptians or Syrians
could produce the largest
tank, artillery and aerial
battles in history," he

The remarks by Gur and
Peres were made against
the background of stepped-
up military activity by Syria
and Egypt. Both countries
have recently conducted
large-scale military maneu-
vers on their sides of the dis-
engagement lines. While
these haye been conducted
openly and in full view of Is-
raeli forces, the very lack of
secrecy has caused some
concern in Israeli circles.

They recall that large-
scale maneuvers by Egypt
and Syria in October 1973
suddenly erupted into the
attack of Oct. 6, starting the
Yom Kippur War. The lack
of concealment at that time
was one of the factors that
misled Israeli intelligence
experts in their estimation
of Syrian and Egyptian in-

While the situation on
the Egyptian front is not
considered menacing at
this point, at least as long
as Secretary of State
Henry A. Kissinger con-
tinues his efforts to prom-
ote a second-stage Sinai
agreement, Syria's inten-
tions are unpredictable.
Tresident Anwar Sadat of
Egypt has said publicly
that he has no intention of
attacking Israel. But no
similar assurances have
emerged from Damascus.

Israeli circles, moreover,
take a very serious view of
the massive build-up of Syr-
ia's war machine by the
Russians. The Soviets have
put larger quantities of
heavy arms at Syria's dis-
posal than in October 1973.


In an editorial entitled
"Blacklist Backlash in Con-
gress," Business Week said
that, "Administration offi-
cials fear that escalating an-
ti-Arab sentiment in Con-
gress will make new trouble
for legislation dealing with
trade or foreign investment
in the United States." The
magazine pointed out that
"amendments are sprouting
to block commercial deals
with countries that partici-
pate in boycotts against Is-
rael or discrimin'ate against
U.S. companies with Jewish

Business Week reported
in its March 24 issue that an

OPEC report it obtained
showed three editorial and
advertising representatives
from Readers Digest met
OPEC officials in Vienna
Jan. 17. The Magazine said,
"that a suitable program"
would cost anywhere be- .
tween $4-$8 million.

In New York, the man-
aging editor of Readers
Digest, Edward T. Thomp-
son, said that the "ar-
ticles" mentioned in the
OPEC dpcument were
strictly paid advertising,
not editorial material.

"If the oil group is con-
fused about what is or is not
paid advertising, it is not ap-
parent from the rest of the
report" Business Week em-
phasized. Part of the report
discusses a letter received
by OPEC from PKL Adver-
tising Inc. New York, which
proposed an _advertising
campaign in television,
news weeklies, newspapers
and radio, that, the agent
was quoted by Business
Week as saying, "guar-

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OPEC Buying Magazine Space?

The Organization of Petro-
leum Exporting Countries
(OPEC) is considering pay-
ing Readers Digest to pub-
lish sympathetic articles
and accepting an offer from
a New York advertising
agen0 to bring OPEC's
"message to the American
people," according to Busi-
ness Week.


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OPEC will consider the
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Meanwhile, the New York
Times reports that Readers
Digest may revive its Arabic
language edition "Al Mu-
khtar" published in Egypt,
which was suspended after
the 1967 Six-Day War.

Digest vice president C.
R. Devine said the move
depended on Secretary of
State Henry A. Kissin-
ger's success in his cur-
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The Readers Digest pub-
lishes foreign editions in 13
languages but Hebrew is
not among them. Neverthe-
less, according to Devine,
without any sales promo-
tion over 11,000 copies of the
Digest are sold in •Israel
each month and 7,517 in the
suspended in 1967 its circu-
lation was just over 45,000.
suepended in 1967 its circu
lation was just over 45,000.







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