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Cabinet Members Avow Israel’s Determination to Protect Border Settlements

Israel’s determination to protect its border settlements and to destroy terrorists and their bases wherever they are found was voiced here yesterday by Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and two members of his Cabinet. One of them, Defense Minister Gen, Moshe Dayan, declared during a visit to Kibbutz Ein Yahav in the Negev that the security of the border settlements now heads the list of the Israel Army’s priorities. Ein Yahav was attacked yesterday by a gang of marauders who were pursued into Jordan with five killed and two wounded and captured by Israeli forces. Gen. Dayan pledged that the Army will continue to protect life and property and to strike against saboteurs.

Prime Minister Eshkol, addressing a reunion meeting of paratroopers here, warned that Israel will not tolerate a situation that allows El Fatah and other sabotage gangs to attack at will and then enjoy immunity behind the Jordanian border. He said the marauders who attacked Ein Yahav were probably trying to demonstrate that Sunday’s air strike against El Fatah bases near the Jordanian village of Salt had not been effective.

Minister of Information, Israel Galili said in Jerusalem last night that Israel would continue to act systematically against terrorist bases. Otherwise, he said, the terrorist organizations would be free to menace civilian life and could escalate their forays into another war. Mr. Galili spoke at a meeting of Laborite members of the Knesset (Parliament).

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