JERUSALEM (Dec. 19)
Israeli officials were puzzled today by the appearance in Pravda, official organ of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, of a renewed attack against Israel. This is the third time within a month that Israel is being attacked in Pravda.
The renewed attack comes after a high ranking Soviet official, whose name was not disclosed here had told Israeli diplomats in New York that he knows that Israel is not interested in undermining the present regime in Syria but only in maintaining peace on the borders.
The article in the Moscow newspaper charged Israel with “provocations” against the Arab states and declares that these “provocations” are part of an “imperialist scheme” to topple the Syrian regime which is being supported by the Soviet Union. It claims that Israel’s chief of staff, Gen. Yitzhak Rabin, had stated that the Syrian Government must be overthrown. The article also said that the “difficulties” surrounding the closing of the Iraqi Petroleum Company’s pipelines by Syria were due to the same imperialist “conspiracy.”