BASLE (Mar. 21)
Swiss newspapers opened an attack against Israel today in connection with Israeli press condemnation of the Swiss actions in the arrest here of two persons as “Israeli Agents” charged with “threatening” a German scientist at work on the Egyptian program of non-conventional armaments aimed at the destruction of Israel.
While the Israeli press has charged that the Swiss are playing the game of Germans trying to protect the Egyptian weapons program, the influential, French-language Tribune de Levant declared today that “Switzerland rejects the unfounded charges in Israel.” It added that Switzerland “knows well the methods of Israeli agents as far as German scientists are concerned.” Geneva’s newspaper La Suisse carried a headline reading: “Tel Aviv screams, Bern keeps quiet.”
The mass circulation, German-language Blinck, took another tack, asking why the Swiss allowed Miss Heidi Goerke to go to Egypt. She is the daughter of the German scientist, and she is the one who trapped the Israeli.