TEL AVIV (Jan. 14)
The Israel Army spokesman disclosed today that Arab commandos have already made several unsuccessful attempts to sabotage Israel’s National Water Carrier project and that at least one of the commandos was captured by Israel security forces and is being held for investigation.
The spokesman said that several attempts were made last week by a number of commando groups sent to Israel on sabotage assignments by an Arab terrorist organization named “Fateh,” apparently directed by Syrian authorities. He added that Israeli security forces were taking continuous measures to foil the activities of the commandos and that no damage has been done.
The spokesman made his statement in connection with a “communique” from the “Fateh” headquarters which has a section in Beirut named “Headquarters of the Palestinian Crescent Forces.” The communique claimed credit for acts of sabotage against the water carrier, which taps the Jordan River through Lake Tiberias in a project fiercely opposed by the Arabs.
It was learned here that Fatch has no official affiliation with any inter-Arab official body and is made up of elements opposed to Ahmed Shukairy’s leadership of the “Palestinian” Arabs. The communique boasted that its commandos had damaged the water carrier from Lake Tiberias to the Hegev.