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Former Israeli Commander Says Israel Will Not Give Up Occupied Territories

An Israeli general said here last night that Israel will not withdraw from her present frontiers, with the possible exception of the Sinai desert, even after a peace treaty is concluded with Egypt. Brig. Gen. Abraham Yoffe, speaking at the opening of the 4th annual campaign for State of Israel Bonds, said that Israel will find her own solution to the Arab refugee problem and would aim, eventually, at the establishment of a Palestinian state in federation with Israel.

Brig. Yoffe, former commander of the Southern front and now president of the Israel institute for the preservation of the natural landscape, told his audience that Israel’s security has improved since the Six-Day War because her frontiers are shorter.

(In London, Brig. Chaim Herzog, former military governor declared here last night that a withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied areas without cast-iron security guarantees and a permanent peace is unthinkable, and that the present cease-fire lines are, in effect, a “contribution to peace because they remove the temptation of an easy target from Israel’s enemies,” Brig. Herzog spoke at the annual dinner there of the Friends of Bar-Ilan University.)