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November 28, 1975 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-11-28

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Israel Questions UNDOF Value After Golan Murder

rael faces a serious dilemma
over how to respond to last
Thursday night's murder of
three 19-year-old yeshiva
students — all of them sol-
diers — and the wounding

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of two others by Arab ter-
rorists who infiltrated the
religious movement settle-
ment of Ramat Magshimim
on the Golan Heights.
The terrorists entered Is-
rael-held territory and es-
caped through the heavily-
manned Syrian lines on the
Golan with the obvious com-
plicity of the Syrian army of
what an Israeli spokesman
described as a "kill-and-
run" mission.
Although tension is run-
ning high on the Golan and
Israelis are infuriated over
the latest outrage, military
retaliation by Israeli forces
was ruled out.

The government has a
specific request from the
United States to exercise
maximum restraint in face

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of Syrian provocation,
especially as the mandate
of the United Nations Dis-
engagement Observers
Force (UNDOF) on the
Golan Heights expires

spokesman Robert Funseth
said in Washington Friday
that the U.S. is taking the
killings "very seriously" and
reiterated U.S. "opposition
to terrorist acts" which
"work against the calm nec-
essary for progress in
search of a settlement."
However, Funseth would
not say at the time whether
the State Department be-
lieved Syria was involved
and would not comment on
the possible motivation of
the murders.)
Brig. Gen. Dov Sion, an
army spokesman, said Fri-
day that Israel holds Syria
fully responsible for the
murders which he termed a
violation of the latter and
spirit of the separation of
forces agreement and the
specific undertaking by
President Hafez Assad of
Syria. to U.S. Secretary of
State Henry A. Kissinger
that he would not permit
terrorist activity through
Syrian lines.

leading to and from the Syr-
ian lines. Chief of Staff Gen.
Mordechai Gur told news-
men Friday night that the
infiltration and murders
would not have been possi-
ble without full knowledge
and coordination between
the Syrian army and the
Israelis pondered whether
it was in Israel's interest to
continue the UN presence
on the Golan Heights.
Sources noted that the UN

* * *

Syria Demands PLO Role
in Order to Renew UNDOF

Syria is insisting that the
UN Security Council replace
its resolutions 242 and 338
as the framework for a ne-
gotiated peace settlement in
the middle east with a for-
mula acceptable to the Pa-
lestine Liberation Organiza-
That– is the condition
Syria has attached to its
agreement to extend the
mandate of the United Na-
tions Disengagement Ob-
servers Force (UNDOF) on
the Golan Heights which ex-
pires Sunday, it was learned
The victims, who were following two hours of talks
buried Friday, were identi- between UN Secretary Gen-
fied as Nahum Fenigstein, eral Kurt Waldheim and top
Michael -Nadler and Benzion Israel leaders.
Leibowitz. All were mem-
Observers in Israel believe
bers of the Hesder Yeshiva however that despite the
program which permits reli- present impasse the UN-
gious youth to serve half of DOF mandate will be re-
their required three years of newed. The observers cited
military service on active - Soviet pressure on the Syri-
duty and complete the bal- ans for an extension, report-
ance while continuing their edly because Moscow does
religious studies. All held not wish to exacerbate Mid-
the rank of sergeant.
dle East tensions at this
time for global political rea-
The two wounded stu-
dents were reported in sat- sons.

isfactory condition in hos-
pitals. Yehuda Cohen was
left for dead by the terror-
ists. The other, Shalom
Mocha, of Jerusalem, was
abducted by the killers but
managed to break away.

The youths were carrying
bedclothes in one of the set-
tlement buildings when-the
terrorists broke in and
opened fire with small arms
and grenades.
Footprints were found_

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troops were no hindrance to
terrorist infiltrators but ef-
fectively prevented Israeli
retaliatory action.
Israelis were also ques-
tioning whether Thursday's
tragedy was the beginning
of a new campaign of terror
on the Golan Heights.
The Popular Democratic
Front for the Liberation of
Palestine claimed credit for
the murders in a statement
issued at its Beirut head-

Waldheim arrived in
rael Tuesday from Damas-
cus and immediately went
into conference with For-
eign Minister Yigal Allon.
They were joined by Pre-
mier Yitzhak Rabin and
Defense Minister Shimon
Peres. Waldheim told re-
porters afterwards that

Labor Party Seeks
Support For Almogi

The leadership of the Labor
party has offered the na-
tional religious party
the presidency of the Jewish
National Fund in Israel in
exchange for their support
of the candidacy of Yosef
Almogi as head of the Jew-
ish Agency and World Zion-
ist Organization.
However, a number of im-
portant figures in the Reli-
gious Party believe that this
is too small a price and are
demanding, in addition to
the top spot in the Jewish
National Fund, a fourth
ministerial post in the cabi-
net. Both of these parties
are busily engaged in nego-
tiations, hoping to reach an
Meanwhile, public opin-
ion in favor of Aryeh Dulzin
is growing. Most Israeli pap-
ers support Dulzin, declar-
ing that Almogi possesses
none of the necessary quali-
fications for the post.

"It is a very delicate situa
tion and I do not want to
comment before this phase
is over." He returned to
Damascus Wednesday for
further meetings with Syr-
ian President Hafez Assad
"to clarify a nu-mber of

The Syrians apparently
told Waldheim that they
were dissatisified with the
present state of affairs in
the Middle East. They re-
portedly felt that resolu-
tions 242 and 338 — which
Syria has never accepted —
failed to break the impasse
and the Geneva Conference
was not convened as a re-
Therefore, the Syrians
suggested a new framework
acceptable to the PLO and
opening the way for its par-
ticipation in the Geneva
Israel's leaders however
reportedly made it clear to
Waldheim that Israel was
determined not to partici-
pate in any forum at which
the PLO was present and
that it regarded extension of
the UNDOF mandate a mat-
ter completely independent
of any other possible devel-

Israel's Ambassador to
the UN Chaim Herzog par-
ticipated in -the talks with
Waldheim. Before leaving
New York for Israel Her-
zog met with Soviet Am-
bassador Yakov Malik to
discuss the UNDOF re-

Waldheim met with PLO
leader Yasir Arafat last
week, and the meeting was
criticized by Allon at Sun-
day's Cabinet meeting.
Waldheim is also sched-
uled to visit Lebanon and
Egypt during his Mideast
At the UN last week, U.S.
Secretary of State Henry A.
Kissinger said the United
States would "spare no ef-
fort" to achieve an agree-
ment between Israel and
Kissinger also stressed, at
an impromptu press confer-
ence after conferring with
UN Secretary General Kurt
Waldheim, that U.S. policy
toward the Palestine Liber-
ation Organization has not
He said the U.S. was
"prepared to move on to
Geneva" in pursuit of a
Mideast peace settlement
but ruled out PLO partici-
pation in the Geneva confer-

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