BUENOS AIRES (Jun. 7)
President Arturo Frondizi was personally studying today Israel’s reply to the Argentine Government denying that Adolf Eichmann. the Nazi murderer of 6, 000, 000 Jews, had been kidnaped in Buenos Aires by Israeli secret agents, and that be had agreed voluntarily to leave Argentina with a group of Jewish volunteers for Israel to stand trial there.
A high official of the Argentine Government meanwhile said that neither Mr. Frondizi nor his advisors were satisfied with the Israeli explanation and that the Argentine Government may request the withdrawal of Israel Ambassador Arich Levavi. The official said that there was no doubt that Eichmann was kidnaped aboard an Israeli plane there came to Buenos Aires with an Israeli delegation to the Argentine, Independence Celebration.
Foreign Minister Diogenes Taboada, in making public last night the text of Israel’s reply, did not indicate whether Argentina had accepted Israel’s Statement as satisfactory, However, he said that Israel had not given legal Justification for the capture of Eichmann.
The Israel Embassy here said today it had “nothing to add” to the note sent by Israel to Argentina in connection with the Eichmann case, “We hope that authorities and public opinion in Argentina will receive it with the same spirit of sincerity and-honesty in which it was formulated, “the Embassy said.
ISRAEL CERTAIN ARGENTINE GOVERNMENT WILL SHOW UNDERSTANDING
Israel’s reply was considered here a s a definite notice that under no circumstances would Eichmann be returned to Argentina, The Israel Government emphasized in it reply that “in case the group of Jewish volunteers” who found Eichmann “have violated the Argentine law, or have interfered in the Argentine sovereign rights, the Israel Government washes to express its regrets in this respect.”
The note also said that the Government of Israel “entertains the full certainty that the Argentine Government will show understanding” for the act on moral grounds because Eichmann carried the responsibility for the murder of millions of Jews.
In its reply, Israel declared that not until Argentina asked for information did Israel suspect that the Nazi war criminal had been seized in Argentina. The Israel note listed the historical background of the search for the man who implemented the Nazi decision to exterminate European Jewry and said that a Jewish group found Eichmann in Argentina and asked if he would give himself up voluntarily for Judgment in Israel. The group gave Eichmann 24 hours to decide. On the next day he expressed his willingness to go to Israel.
The note said that the Jewish group, with Eichmann’s full agreement, took him from Argentina. It quoted a handwritten letter from Eichmann which declared: “I stated voluntarily, since my real identity is already known, that I am disposed to travel to Israel to present myself before a tribunal. I will explain the details of my last years of activity in Germany for the knowledge of future generations. I freely make this statement not having been promised anything nor threatened. I ask cooperation in gathering the documents and the facts. “