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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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T h u r d a y M a c h 2 , 1 6 8 H E M C H I A N A I L

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ARAB BACKLASH:
" Israel Awaits Major Conflict
With Guerrillas from Jordan

Senate Delays

Tax Bill,

Adopts Textile Provision

By The Associated Press,
TEL AVIV - Israel is steeling
itself for an all out offensive by
Arab guerrillas in an apparent
backlash from the massive assault
on their bases in Jordan last week.
Officials here seem in no mood
to take any more raids without
hitting back.
Top level discussions are be-
lieved to be already under way to
plan how to meet any threat.
Sources predict action may reach
its peak around Israel's independ-
ence day, May 2.
Although any large scale action
similar to the massive punch
against guerrilla bases in Jordan
last Thursday could plunge the
Middle East into another war,
such action is considered unlikely
at present. It has not been entire-
ly ruled out, however.
The guerrillas, though mauled
in the attack last week on their
bases at Karameh and Safe, are
raiding and firing mortars at set-
tlements again to show the Arab
w o r l d they have not been
crushed.
Sources here said one possibility
is the formation of small Israeli

commando units to meet the
guerrillas at their own game, try-
ing to hit them in their bases
and curb their attacks. Similar
tactics were used by the semi-
secret 101st Battalion 12 -years
ago against Egyptian commandos.
According to the best available
information, Israel is unlikely to
endanger its diplomatic cam-
paign at this time with another
"police action" invasion of Jordan.
It still supports the flagging
peace mission of U.N. envoy Gun-
nar V. Jarring, but some circles
here hold out little hope it will
achieve any progress in breaking
the Middle East deadlock.
Some legislators have questioned
why the government limited last
week's strike to the guerrilla bases
and held the assault force back
from deeper penetration into Jor-
dan in a punishing show of force.
Intelligence reports indicate the
build up of guerrilla groups, which
last Thursday's raid was aimed at
smashing, is continuing at a fast
pace as young Arabs clamor to
join them.
Reports from Amman, Jordan's

capital, indicate the guerrillas now
control most of the east bank of
the Jordan River, the springboard
for their attacks.
Israeli sources say Egyptian
commandos of the 141st Battalion,
volunteers from the Iraqui 421st
Palestinian Commando Battalion,
and Syrian irregulars are known
to be in the east bank. They are
said to total 1,500 trained men.
As seen here, King Hussein
apparently has committed-or re-
signed-himself to at least allow-
ing the guerrillas to operate from
Jordan. So long as he makes no
attempt to halt their operation he
is a marked man in Israeli eyes.
Jordan informed members of3
the U.N. Security Council yester-
day it cannot be held responsible
for the safety of Israeli occupa-
tion forces in Arab areas.
In a letter to the president of
the U.N. Security Council, Am-I
bassador Muhammed H. El Far-
ra of Jordan rejected a warning
by Israeli Prime Minister, Levi
Eshkol that new attacks by ArabI
guerillas would meet with Israeli
counteraction.

-Associated Press
ROBERT KENNEDY spoke at Portland, Oregon International
Airport Tuesday. Rep. Edith Green appeared with him.
RFKProbable Entry;
InIndiana Primary

WASHINGTON (P) - Despite a
rapidly approaching deadline, the
Senate again put off final action
yesterday on a bill combining
President Johnson's proposed 10
per cent income tax surcharge
with a $6 billion spending cut.
The tax and cut riders have
been hooked onto a measure con-
tinuing excise levies on automo-
biles and telephone service at their
present levels.
Unless the bill is passed and
signed by Johnson by this week-
end, the excise rates will drop
sharply on Monday, with a re-
sultant loss in revenue. The cur-
rent rates could be made retro-
active, however, if restored later.
The Senate spent most of the
day on a series of amendments.
Textile Quota
It adopted a textile import
quota proposed by Sen. Ernest F.
Hollings (D-S.C.) who said Ame-
rican jobs in the industry are
being threatened by "a rising tide
of imports."
The amendment would apply
chiefly to woolen and man-made
fibers. It would give the admin-
istration six months to work out
agreements covering all textiles,
and if there wasno action in that
time it would impose quotas
based on the average level of im-
ports in the 1961-66 period.
The White House is against im-
port quotas and Sens. Philip A.
Hart (D-Mich.) and Charles H.
Percy (R-Ill.) tried unsuccessfully
to head off the proposal.

1967 Treasury Department ruling
that commercial advertising in
publications of nonprofit organi-
zations, such as National Geo-
graphic, is taxable. This was an
amendment by Sen. George Mur-
phy (R-Calif.).
" Rejected 74 to 18 an effort to
substitute an excess profits tax
on corporations for the 10 per
cent income tax surcharge spend-
ing cut provision. Sen. George
McGovern (D-S.D.) who co-spon-
sored this unsuccessful amend-!
ment with Sen. Frank Church (D-
Idaho) said corporation profits
have skyrocketed "since escala-
tion of the war in Vietnam."
0 Defeated 86 to 5 an amend-
ment by Sen. Vance Hartke (D-
Ind.) to give a substantial tax
break to small businessmen whose
trade or business earns less than
$25,000 a year.
Pending when the Senate re-
cessed overnight was a proposal
by Sen. Karl E. Mundt (R-S.D.)
which would levy a special 20 per
cent tax on the taxable income
of any American company doing

business with a Communist nation
that supplied material to North
Vietnam.
Mundt cited the International
Business Machines Corp. as an
example of a firm which would
be affected. He said it supplies
computers to Russia.
If the amendment became law
and these sales continued, IBM
would be forced to pay an extra
20 per cent levy on its entire in-
come, he explained.
Sen. Walter F. Mondale (D-
Minn.) said the effect might be
to kill off $300 million to $400
million worth of U.S. trade with
Eastern Europe in nonstrategic
items, trade which he said is
helping to fragmentize the Com-
munist bloc.
The House Ways and Means
Committee cleared for floor action
a 5 per cent tax on airplane
tickets to foreign destinations
and a reduction in the amount
of goods returning travelers may
bring in duty free. The duty free
quota would be cut from $100 to
$10.

By The Associated Press
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy has all
but decided to enter Indiana's May
7 presidential primary, setting up
a potential three-way race with
Sen. Eugene McCarthy and a
stand-in for President Johnson.

sin, Nebraska, Oregon, California
and South Dakota. In none of
these is the President currently!
looked upon as the favorite.
These states will have 1,382
votes at the Democratic conven-
tion in Chicago next August, 70
more than needed for the nomi-
nation,
In Nebraska, where McCarthy
will be a challenger, the White
House induced former Gov. Frank

Czech Minister Hits
15. German Speech,

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Morrison, as well as the state!Voice vote
chairman and national commit- The Senate adopted the amend-
teeman, to come out publicly for ment by a tentative vote of 55 to
Johnson. 31 and then nailed it in on a voice
But the delegation's 30 votes will vote.
go to the winner of the primary. Hart and Percy argued in vain
Kennedy has booked himself into that the proposal would open the
Lincoln, Neb., today for a uni- gate to a series of import quota
versity speech and a meeting with amendments which could set off
Democratic officials. McCarthy retaliatory moves by other coun-
will be going in as soon as he tries.
completes his Wisconsin campaign The Senate also:
this week. " Voted 57 to 35 to overturn a
Cost of Living, Priee Index
Continue To Rise Sharply,

PRAGUE ,) - Czechoslovakia's
foreign minister summoned East'
Germany's ambassador last night
to protest an attack that was liken-
ed here to calling him an "im-
perialist agent."
The attack and the official com-
plaint were believed unprecedent-
ed in Soviet block diplomacy.
The Czech news agency CTK
reported that Foreign Minister'
Vaclav David notified Ambassa-
dor Peter Florin of an "official
objection" to statements that "re-
flected on Czechoslovakia and a
member of the Czechoslovak gov-
ernment."
He referred to a speech in East
Germany by Kurt Hager, secre-
tary of the East German party
Central Committee. He singled out
Forestry Minister Josef Smrkovsky,
a leading Czech liberal and can-
didate for the vacant post of pres-
ident, as one of those who are
"filling the West with hope that
Czechoslovakia will be pulled into
the maelstrom."
Reformers
The incident, reflecting new
tension between the orthodox Com-
munist nations of East Europe and
the reform leadership in Czecho-
slovakia, came as party sources
reported the reformers readying
a program to shed Iron Curtain
restrictions on individual liberty
and permit "no confidence" votes
against the government.
The proposals for further lib-
eralization in Czechoslovakia are
part of an "action program" party
informants said the leadership
would submit today.
The proposals that will be sub-
mitted to a plenary session of the
party's Central Committee include
no provision for a genuine opposit-
ion party to the Communists, how-
ever.

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The party's view is that the
press freedom restored since liber-
als removed the old line regime of
Antonin Novotny guarantees suf-
ficient control of government and
party.
Enunciated in the blueprint is
the position of reformers headed
by party chief Alexander Dubcek
that the party and government
must function separately - un-
like anywhere else in Communist
Europe - and that the govern-
ment is to serve as the supreme
executive power.
Political Ties
Emphasized at the same time is
Czechoslovakia's intention to main-
tain military, economic and polit-
ical ties with the Soviet Union.
In the area of economics, the new
program implements a plan drawn
up three years ago that couples
a Western concept of supply and
demand with incentive. A new ec-
onomic council will coordinate po-
licy with world prices, rather than
Soviet bloc prices, becoming a
main yardstick.
"Socialist" enterprises will be
independent and no longer a part
of the state apparatus.
Troops Fight
VC Battalions
SAIGON (P)--U.S. troops called
in artillery fire and air strikes of
napalm only 50 yards from their
positions yesterday in a raging
battle for a hamlet northwest of
Saigon near Cambodia's border.
The Viet Cong fought back with
automatic weapons and rocket-
propelled grenades from trenches
and sniper holes in Ap Long Muc.
By nightfall, the Americans were
reported to have seized only one-
fourth of the hamlet. Heavy fight-
ing continued.
The bitter opposition 'indicated
that U.S. forces in Operation
Quyet Thang--Resolve to Wipt-
had caught up with some of the
main Viet Cong battalions that
fell back toward Cambodia when
this biggest drive of the war
opened March 11.
U.S. 25th Infantry Division
troops moved in on the hamlet
Tuesday and ran into heavy fire
from enemy entrenchments. Tanks
and armored personnel carriers
came up in support.
By morning, U.S. artillery fire
was bursting 85 yards in front
of American positions, reported
AP photographer Al Chang, who
was slightly wounded in the chest
by shrapnel.
Ap Long Muc is a kidney
shaped hamlet about 890 yards
long and 200 yards wide 30 miles
northwest of Saigon.

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Vaclav David

Chili OUILD
"Marlene Dietrich!
your name at first the sound
of a caress, becomes the crack
of a whip. When you wear
feathers, and furs, and plumes,
you wear them as the birds and
animals wear them, as though
they belong to your body.. .
THERE comes to us (all sails
flying) a frigate, a figurehead,
a Chinese fish, a lyre-bird,
a legend, a wonder: a friend of
France MARLENE DIETRICH!"
--from Jean Cocteau's
Saluation-to Marlene

against phoniness which is now the play's greatest
virtue would not have existed had Mr. Gelber chosen
to write his play in a more audience-satisfying

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