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March 17, 1978 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-03-17

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6 Friday, March 17, 1918

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frontation. Syrian forces,
including the Damascus-
sponsored Palestinian ter-
rorist group Al Saiqa, have
remained out of the battle.
Syrian anti-aircraft fire was
directed against Israeli
planes attacking Damur
but Damascus Radio broad-
cast Israel's statement that
it was not fighting Syria.
The Israeli pilots did not re-
turn the fire.

Radio broadcasts from
Damascus stuck to straight
news reporting, stressing
the Israeli announcements
that the raid was directed at
the Palestinian terrorists
and not at the Syrians. The
Damascus Radio broadcast
did not make any evalua-
tive comments on the Israeli
action.
Two Katyusha rocket
shells were fired at
Metulla and Kiryat
Shmona on the Lebanese
border but caused no
casualties. All of the vil-
lagers were in bomb shel-
ters and had been there
as a precautionary mea-
sure since the Israeli op-
eration began.
Israeli army chief of Staff
Gen. Mordechai Gur told
reporters that Israeli forces
pushed into Lebanon to a
depth of 7-10 kilometers. He
said the forces would join all
enclaves into a 100-
kilometer long security
belt. He insisted, as did
Weizman, that the Israeli
forces will not remain in
Lebanon permanently and
that Israel has no claims on
Lebanese territory. "Israel
is not making war on Leba-
non, its army or against the
Syrian army. It is only
against the terrorists," Gur
said.
The continuous sec-
urity belt which is Israel's
objective would extend from
Ras Nikura on the Mediter-
ranean coast to the slopes of
M . .. Hermon on the Eastern
e> tremity of the border
which overlooks the so-
called "Fatah Land," long a
region under terrorist con-
trol. Israeli forces have
taken Ras Nikura, Bint Ji-
bal, Maroun a-Ras, El

Khyiam and Abel a-Saqui.
Maroun a-Ras is a strategic
village about a mile from
the . Israeli border. It was
captured by Palestinian
terrorists from Lebanese
Christians two weeks ago.
According to reports, the
Christians are assisting the
Israeli forces.
The operation against the
terrorist bases was planned
for earlier this week but was
postponed because of had
weather. The go-ahead
order was issued late Tues-
day night and the action
was announced officially at
2 a.m. local time. The initial
military communique said
the mission was to hit and
destroy the terrorists at
their bases.
The attack was pre-
ceded by heavy artillery
barrages and air strikes
aimed at terrorist stron-
gholds. Massive infantry,
tank and armored col-
umns advanced into
South Lebanon at day-
break. Terrorist artillery
was quickly silenced and
retreating terrorists were
mopped up as they at-
tempted to find refuge in
the hills and woods.
The progress of the at-
tack was plainly visible
from Israeli settlements
along the border. Resi-
dents of Avivim watched
Israeli soldiers enter Ma-
roun a-Ras and Bint Ji-
bal. Those at Metulla
witnessed the advance
toward Al Khyiam in
Fatah Land.

In Washington, secretary
of State Cyrus Vance said
Wednesday, after a meeting
with President Carter, that
"We neither approve nor
condemn" Israel's action.

He added, "We had hoped,
as we said yesterday, that
no innocents will suffer."
Vance said the U.S. "is
in touch with all the par-
ties." Asked what these
developments would do
to the Middle East peace
process, the secretary
replied, "I think any of
these incidents, like this
and the incident that took
place the other day, the
terrorist act— all of these
have much to do with the
peace process." He said
he thought these de-
velopments would be "an

impediment to the peace
process and we will have
to work around them."
Vance disclosed that
Begin sent a message to
President Carter. He indi-
cated that it was the first
word the U.S. had about the
Israeli action in Lebanon.
"We heard about it just be-
fore it happened, almost
contemporaneously," Vance
said. He noted that Begin is
coming to Washington
Monday and will meet with
President Carter Tuesday
and Wednesday as previ-
ously arranged.

JERUSALEM (JTA)
Premier Menahem Begin
reported Wednesday even-
ing that Israel's military
operation in Lebanon was
effectively concluded with
Israeli forces in control of a
100-kilometer belt along
the Lebanese border of an
average depth of 10
kilometers.
He said he "expects an ag-
reement or arrangement as
a result of which the ter-
rorists shall not return to
those places from which
they were ejected" by the Is-
raeli army. He said the
army was sent into Lebanon
not to "stay there perma-
nently" but that Israel
would no longer counte-
nance a situation in which
South Lebanon served as a
base for terrorist attacks.
He indicated that Israeli
forces would stay in South
Lebanon, or at least exer-
cise control of that area,
until the agreement he
mentioned was reached.
He called on the United
Nations to propose a plan
which would guarantee

no further PLO incur-
sions into Israel from
Lebanon; a plan that
would allow Israel to
withdraw its forces from
Lebanese territory.
The Soviet News agency
Tass called the operation "a
bandit sally" and Tass
charged the U.S. with com-
plicity and the Egyptians
with untying the hands of
the Israeli army in the
Sinai."
Begin blasted the Soviet
attitude which he termed
"sheer and shameful hypoc-
risy." He displayed a certifi-
cate in Russian and Arabic
which, he said, a PLO ter-
rorist had earned at an of-
ficers course in the USSR.
Egyptian Foreign Minis-
ter Mohammed Kaamel cal-
led the Israeli operation "an
organized genocide"
against the Palestinians
and asked the big powers to
halt "the killing of innocent
people."
United Nations Secretary
General Kurt Waldheim
"deplored Israel's massive
use of force."

Border Agreement Sought

Mexico-Israel Relations Growing

MEXICO CITY (JTA) —
Mexico's relations with Is-
rael, badly strained two
years ago over anti-Zionist
resolutions in the United
Nations General Assembly,
are better than they have
been for many years, ac-
cording to Mexico's Foreign
Minister Santiago Roel. He

told the press he was
pleased with the growing
cooperation between the
two countries in the realms
of business, science and cul-
ture.

The daily El Nacional, an
organ of the Mexican gov-
ernment, meanwhile,

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Yigal Horowitz who pres-
ides over the Israeli section
of the joint Israeli-Mexican
Commission on Trade. The
commission currently is
discussing , means to in-
crease tourism and com-
merce and joint industrial
projects.
El Nacional said it has
inaugurated a new chap-
ter in relations between
Israel and Mexico and
welcomed Horowitz for
helping to solidify the
friendship between the
two peoples and govern-
ments.
The Israeli members of
the commission consist of
merchants, industrialists
and scientists.
In a related development,
Mexico has informed Israel
that it will supply the
Jewish state with all the oil
it may need during an
emergency. The vow was
made as part of an agree-
ment signed last week by
the Israeli and Mexican
energy ministers.

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