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October 17, 1980 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-10-17

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

16 October 17, 1980

Begin Worried Over New
Soviet-Syrian Friendship

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JERUSALEM (JTA) —
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said that Israel takes a
"grave" view of the new
Soviet-Syrian friendship
and military cooperation
pact and of "the growing
Jordanian involvement in
the Iraqi war efforts
"against Iran. .
Speaking to reporters at
the Defense Ministry, Begin
said it was safe to assume
that Syria and the Soviet
Union have signed a secret
agreement that parallels
their publicly signed accord.
He contended that this af-

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High Holidays In Budapest

fected the entire free world
and that he would discuss it
with President Carter when
they meet in Washington
next month.
Israeli analysts said
that President Hafez
Assad of Syria appar-
ently decided that he had
to enter into a formal pact
with the Soviets, some-
thing he hesitated to do
before, because the
Iraqi,-Iranian war left
Syria isolated among the
Arab states, all of which
More than 5,000 persons crowded Budapest?
except Libya, are sup- Dahony Synagogue during the High Holidays th
porting Iraq.
year. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Com-
Because of Syria's long- mittee estimates that 100,000 Jews remain in Hun-
standing rivalry with Iraq, gary, with 80,000 in Budapest.
Assad also may have felt he
could not allow Iraq to draw
closer to Moscow as a result
of the war.
ALLENBY BRIDGE local and West Bank pil-
But the Israelis believe it (JTA) — Some 4,702 Israeli grims.
is altogether unlikely that Moslems crossed this bridge
Contrary to previous
Syria would join the war by over the Jordan River last years, when the buses came
taking military action week for the annual pil- straight from Teheran
against Iraq. This is be- grimage to Mecca — the haj. through Iraq to Jordon, this
cause Iraq has portrayed Several dozen Iranian buses year they were forced to
the war as an Arab struggle decorated with pictures of take a longer route through
against a non-Arab power the Ayatollah Khomeini Turkey and Syria, each
and Assad, heading a waited for the pilgrims on time being detained for sev-
minority Alawite Moslem the Israeli side of the bridge.
eral days at border points
regime, could hardly cast
The buses were recruited before they could go on..
his lot with the non-Arab by a West Bank traveling
side in actual combat.
The pilgrims were seen
agent to serve the Israeli
With respect to Jordan's Moslem pilgrims since off at the Allenby Bridge
assistance to Iraq, Begin there were not enough terminal by Binyamin
suggested that there is a buses in Amman to trans- Gur-Arye, the premier's
danger that the Iraqis will _ port them in addition to the adviser on Arab affairs.
sell Soviet war equipment
to Jordan as a gesture of
gratitude and "this would
present a direct danger to
us."
He implied that the U.S.
should 'cancel its pro-
posed sale of tanks to
Jordan. Deputy Premier
Yigael Yadin also warned
a serious mistake when
he joined Iraq against
Iran.
Meanwhile, the Jorda-
nian port of Aqaba is a scene
of heavy activity. Jordan
has become a supply route
for Iraq, avoiding the Per-
sian Gulf and the Iranian
navy'. But a shortage of
trucks to carry the equip-
ment from Aqaba to
Baghdad has caused a
bottleneck and the cargos
are piling up on the Aqaba
docks.
Israeli military planners
are taking account of the
possibility that the Iraqi-
Jordan relationship will
lead to heightened tension
between Jordan and Syria.
The U.S. and Britain
have already warned Jor-
dan against any serious in-
volvement in the Persian
Gulf War.
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