JERUSALEM (Aug. 21)
Gen. Moshe Dayan, Israel’s Defense Minister, visited Nablus in the occupied west bank yesterday. He said he came to see at first hand the measures Israeli occupation authorities were taking to restore conditions to normal.
The Nablus mayor and city council resigned during the weekend as a protest against the Israeli occupation but the mayor was persuaded to rescind his resignation. Nablus teachers, who had rejected Israeli salaries to continue teaching, also changed their minds and agreed to report for teaching duties on September 1, when schools will open throughout Israel and the occupied areas.
Meanwhile, Israeli officials reported today that Israel plans to sell to the United States Army in Europe some of its farm surpluses, including melons and grapes from the occupied west bank section. Prior to the June war and Israeli occupation, west bank farmers had been selling fruits and vegetables to Arab countries. In recent weeks, some of the produce has been ferried across the Jordan River into Jordan. The officials said that the continuation of such farm exports to the U.S. Army would depend on Israel’s ability to meet timetables and quality standards of the U.S. Army.