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TEXAS JEWISH POST THURSDAY, AUGUST 7, 1975 POSTORIAL PAGE 4
Arms for Jordan
The Ford Administration suffered a major setback when it
had to withdraw its letter to Congress outlining a proposed
sale of a $350 million air defense system to Jordan. The
State Department said that it may resubmit the same
proposal in September but unless the package is reduced,
especially the number of “Hawk” ground-to-air missile
batteries, it seems likely tht the arms sale will be rejected
again and rightly in Congress.
The Administration’s recall of the proposal came only
hours before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was
expected to reject the sale as the House International
Relations Committee had done earlier. State Department
spokesman Robert Anderson said the Department was
“surprised” by the strength of the opposition in Congress.
But he shouldn’t have been. There was strong opposition,
especially in the House, when it was revealed that the U.S.
planned to sell Jordan $100 million in arms, including three
But when the full package was unveiled, including 14
“Hawk” batteries, eight batteries of “Vulcan” antiaircraft
guns and 300 shoulder-fired “Redeye” missiles, even some
in Congress who accepted the Administration’s view that
Jordan must be kept moderate and pro-American were
appalled. Members of the Senate and Congressmen
correctly expressed the fear the sale would upset the
military balance in the Middle East. Witnesses before the
Senate and House committees noted that Jordan had kept
out of the Yom Kippur War because of a lack of air defense
system. There was the Israeli fear that Jordan with a
heavy air protection, coupled with a new friendship with
Syria, could take the offensive against Israel.
Congressional opposition was clinched when Gen. George
S. Brown, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff believes
that six “Hawk” batteries were sufficient for Jordan’s
The defeat suffered by the Administration in the
Jordanian sale should be another lesson to Secretary of
State Henry A. Kissinger that he can not run foreign policy
with complete disregard of public opinion. Foreign policy
must be executed by the executive branch not the
legislative. But the Admin si tration will find that it cannot
execute an effective foreign policy unless it takes Congress
into its confidence and considers the expressions of
informed public opinion. Public opinion does count in this
country and it often finds its strongest expression in
Congress. The Administration will have to take this in
account when it seeks approval again for the arms sale to
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Continued from Page 1
both knowing that again a semblance of tranquility could
be shattered by a whim, tin fact, it was later brought out
that Egypt was under general mobilization and preparing
for immediate war about the time we were having this
The guests decided to go swimming and suddenly
everyone was in the pool, splashing around, having a good
time. He returned. “So I sat with my friend. I knew that
Sadat had to reverse his position about Israel’s existence,
her right to security, her right to safe borders now. But
that meant an entirely different approach. Knowing the
Arabs and especially the Egyptians I don’t think he was
going to do it. And I don’t think the Israeli government is
going to give him everything on a platter. So we have a
stalemate. Now why don’t you ask me what I would
suggest, what I would do?”
“I believe I would say to the Egyptians that I would be
willing to give them their oil fields and their Mitla and
Ghidi Passes but only under one condition that would
guarantee peace. We Israelis have it now. OK. I would say
to them, here it is. You can lease it from us for the next
fifty years rent free. But one thing we would require. We
want the United States to set some bases in the desert to
make certain that the peace would be kept. The bases
would be there to neutralize any action from the Egyptians
or Israelis. That way Israel could go about her business in
peace and Egypt could have what she wants, her oil fields
and her Passes. The United States woufd maintain a
presence in the desert. After fifty years of peace, we can
give the deed back to the Egyptians. That way everyone is
happy. The United States is certain that the Soviet Union
doesn’t violate and try to take over the Middle East.
The Egyptians get their land and are able to use it. The
Israelis have secure borders. It takes a lot of leadership
and guts. But that’s what I would do. And I would do it
before the Russians stir up any more trouble. So much for
international politics. Now how about a swim? I’ve got a
bathing suit that will fit you!”
We joined the swimming group. One of the French
Israelis splashed around in the water gaily. He looked at
his wife and the other couples and the facade of the villa.
“Ha, if Kissinger could see us here now he’d probably give
them Ashkelon, too.”
“Henry would throw in Tel Aviv,” another rejoined.
They all laughed.
I looked up at the stars in the black sky and wondered
what the answer would really be to solve this tense
problem which almost defies solution.
At least the Man from Herzylia by the Sea had a
concrete proposal. But it was too simple to adopt, perhaps.
It deserves full examination.
Congress Extends Arms
Sales, Credits to Israel
Continued from Page 1
gress recessed, a resolution
urging the United States to
withdraw from the General
Assembly if Israel is ex-
pelled was being prepared
for introduction in the House
of Representatives. Rep.
Thomas O'Neill (D. Mass.),
the House majority leader,
said 130 representatives
have co-signed the resolu-
tion and more are expected
before it is introduced.
Among the co-signers are
John Rhodes (R. Ariz.), the
House minority leader; Clair
W. Burgener, William M.
Ketchum, Charles A. Mosh-
er and Samuel Devine, all
California Republicans and
Henry A. Waxman (D.Cal).
In a letter seeking support
for the resolution, O’Neill
stated that “various constit-
uent agencies of the United
Nations are being used to
further belligerent purposes
by certain states hostile to
Foreign Minister Yigal
Allon warned that if Israel
was expelled from the
General Assembly it would
mean the end of the UN’s
role in the Middle East
peace negotiations, includ-
ing the Geneva conference.
He said he would alsc
propose to the government
that all UN activities in
Israel should be suspended
including the United Nations
OTTAWA (JTA) - Pre-
mier Pierre Elliott Trudeau
said the Canadian govern-
ment would not “bowr to
blackmail” from Arab coun-
tries over its decision to
postpone indefinitely a
Congress on the Prevention
of Crime which had been
scheduled for Toronto Sept.
Newsmen who met the
premier as he emerged from
the House of Commons told
Relief and Works Agency
(UNRWA), all UN activities
in the administered terri-
tories and the presence of
the UN High Commissioners
House in Jerusalem. At the
same time Israeli diplomats
have been instructed to
make a strenuous effort to
enlist support against the
Several nations have joined
the United States in oppos-
ing Israel’s expulsion. Mar-
shal Tito of Yugoslavia and
Chancellor Helmut Schmidt
of West Germany in a
meeting in Helsinki agreed
that if Israel were to be
expelled it would mean the
end of the world organiza-
tion. Australian government
leaders told Rabbi Arthur
Hertzbergr, president of the
American Jewish Congress,
that Australia will oppose
any expulsion move. The
Swedish and Norwegian gov-
ernments have announced
they would vote against
expulsion. The nine mem-
bers of the European Econ-
omic Community signed a
declaration in Helsinki op-
posed to Israel’s expulsion
or suspension which they
said would be a “flagrant
violation” of the UN Char-
In the Asia-African bloc,
the Arab states failed to
obtain a majority vote to
oust Israel from the U.N.
Western Socialist nations
meeting in Stockholm Aug 3
with Prime Minister Rabin
refused to vote for the
expulsion of Israel from the
U.S. They voiced their
support of Israel to remain
in the U.N.
him of reports from Beirut
that the Arab states
planned to retaliate against
Canada for the postpone-
ment decision, and asked
him for his reaction.
He replied: “If the report
is true, I can only say that
we do not bow to blackmail.
If some countries do not like
our decision, thev can lump
WASHINGTON (WNS) -
Both Houses of Congress
have voted to extend the
authority to the President to
sell arms and provide credits
to Israel from Dec. 31, 1975,
when it was to expire, until
June 30,1977. The extension
was contained in a $31.2
billion appropriations bill for
the Department of Defense.
The extension was worked
out by a Senate-House
House members at first
objected to having the
section for Israel included in
a defense appropriations
Graveside services were held on
July 31 for Joseph Silver, 6815
Orchid Lane, who died July 30, at
Hillcrest Memorial Park. Dr. Levi A.
Olon officiated. He is survived by
wife, Mrs. Rai Silver; daughters
Kerry Silver, Beth Silver, all of
Dallas; sisters, Mrs. Mollie Stein,
Mrs. Lillian Garner, both of
Minneapolis, Mrs. Bell Brown,
Oakland, Cal., Mrs. Evelyn Shaw,
California. Arrangements were by
bill. But they went along
after Senate members ar-
gued that failure to approve
the extension “might be
construed as unwillingness
of the Congress to maintain
the status quo in the Middle
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Dutch Help JNF
: JERUSALEM (JTA) -
Some 25,000 Dutchmen, in-
cluding Queen Juliana, are
among the regular contribu-
tors to the Jewish National
Fund, the JNF reported.
The Dutch Queen an-
nually purchases JNF lot-
tery tickets, a project ap-
proved by both the Israel
and Dutch governments.
Only 10 percent of the
Dutch contributors are
Jews, the JNF said.
Many Dutchmen regard
the conquest of the barren
land as a project similar to
that of drying the sea in The
Netherlands. The JNF will
shortly inaugurate a forest
named after the Queen.
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