JERUSALEM (Aug. 23)
The refusal of the Jordan-Israel Mixed Armistice Commission to condemn Jordan for the mine-laying incident in which four persons were injured in the Jerusalem area three weeks ago was criticized by diplomatic sources here today as stemming from “fine legalistic grounds. ” The Israel government assumes that the mine, which exploded under a border police command car near Kibbutz Netiv Halamed Ken, near Jerusalem, was placed by members of the terrorist “El Fatah” under Syrian orders.
The MAC chairman, Lt. Col. Huot, of Canada, caused the MAC deadlock by abstaining in the vote, although he had previously voted for a clause expressing regret at such disturbances of the peace and tranquility. Col. Huot explained his vote by saying that there was no proof that the perpetrators of the mine had come from Jordan, although there was evidence that they had fled there after the incident.