WASHINGTON (Mar. 21)
White House sources revealed today that — in line with new relations between Israel and South Viet Nam — President Johnson would welcome an expanded Israeli role in support of the Saigon regime. The President was depicted as deeply appreciative of efforts by free world nations in South Viet Nam.
It was made clear that the White House is especially interested in the “Nahal” concept, and would like to see Israelis in South Viet Nam to train the youth in the soldier-farmer concept of development and defense.
Israeli achievements in unifying and developing a nation of diverse peoples — under continuous threat of sabotage and attack — has been noted here. Israelis could render assistance that might help defeat the Communist Chinese “wars of national liberation” by helping South Viet Nam develop a nucleus for units building social democracy that could defend themselves, in the view of top White House advisers.