‘ballistic Age’ Complicates Israeli Drive for Deterrent, Eban Warns

Abba Eban, Israel’s Minister of Education, expressed concern here tonight over the fact that it was now technically and financially more difficult for Israel “to maintain an effective deterrent” against attack by hostile neighbors in view of the fact that the Middle East had “entered the ballistic age of strategy,” with missiles taking the place of conventional forces.

Addressing an Israel bond dinner held here in his honor, Mr. Eban, who was Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations for 10 years, said “the Arab mind seems to be gripped by a kind of historic determinism, telling it that, if all other objectives of Arab nationalism have been achieved, the aim of destroying Israel might also be accomplished.”

More than $225,000 in Israel bonds were purchased in tribute to Mr. Eban, who received a silver Megilah from Rabbi William Berkowitz, spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun and chairman of the Manhattan Israel bond drive.

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