JERUSALEM (Aug. 6)
The Knesset. Israel’s Parliament, called on parliaments all over the world yesterday to “act ceaselessly” to effect the release of the Israeli Jet airliner. The chamber, by a virtually unanimous vote, called on the Government to report to the Knesset security committee on actions taken to secure the return of the plane and, by implication, gave the Government a free hand to take whatever action It deemed necessary. Only the extremist Communist faction, “Rakah,” voted In dissent.
Minister of Transport Moshe Carmel declared that Israel “will not be content with words only” and the world must understand its position. He said that Israel would use whatever means were necessary to obtain the release of the plane and to prevent the hijacking of other Israeli aircraft and ships on the high seas. The Government apparently Is acting with restraint and waiting for results of representations being made through foreign sources before deciding on further action. Those sources expressed guarded optimism over the fate of the Jet and Israeli detainees, it was learned today. They are known to have intimated to Israeli officials that while Algerian official statements are evasive, there are grounds to hope for an early settlement of the Issue. They are also known to have asked Israel to refrain from any action that would bring about a direct Israel-Algerian confrontation.