LONDON (Nov. 4)
Voicing concern over the threat to Israel of Egyptian rockets. Sir Barnett Janner, Laborite Member of Parliament and president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said today that it was “remarkable” that vigorous protests are forcing the dismantling of Soviet rockets in Cuba as a threat to the United States, while no voices have been raised to demand the dismantling of Egyptian rockets threatening Israel, which were even nearer to Egypt than Cuba is to U. S. shores. He spoke at the 38th annual conference of the Jewish National Fund, which opened here last night.
Arthur Lourie, Israel’s Ambassador to London, told the delegates to the two-day conference that the sale of U. S. Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Israel was an important development which was welcomed by Israel, but did not constitute a new arms race in the Middle East as some persons have claimed.
He noted the build-up in arms and aircraft, of all types, by neighboring countries which have publicly asserted their determination to destroy Israel. The Hawk anti-aircraft missile, with its 40,000-foot ceiling, Mr. Lourie said, merely restores the arms balance in the area making an attack on Israel a hazardous adventure.
Jewish National Fund income in Britain during the current year totaled more than 750,000 pounds sterling ($2,100,000), of which 700,000 pounds ($1,960,000) has already been remitted to Israel, according to a report submitted to the convention. The delegates decided to expand JNF activities in the social, educational and fund-raising fields.