UNITED NATIONS (Oct. 1)
Jordan complained in the United Nations General Assembly today that the delivery of defensive ground-to-air missiles to Israel by the United States was not only “a deadly threat to our security and survival” but would also increase Israeli “intransigeance” in “their aggressive designs upon the Arab countries.”
Dr. Hazem Z. Nussibah, the Jordan Foreign Minister, told the General Assembly that his country had received the American announcement last week with “deep disappointment and grave apprehensions.” The announcement referred to an American decision to permit Israel to acquire “Hawk” missiles to strengthen its defenses against air attack. The missile is a purely defensive weapon.
The Jordanian spokesman warned the Assembly not to be misled if a proposal were again introduced for direct Arab-Israeli talks. “To the uninitiated in the sordid record of this problem,” he asserted, “this proposal may hold some attraction.” But the crux of the matter, he said, was whether the Israelis would implement United Nations resolutions on the Palestine refugees.