Israel Pleased by Boycott, Continues Diplomatic Efforts

Official circles here expressed satisfaction today over the decision of French and other airline pilots to observe the boycott. It was learned here meanwhile that Capt. Jan Bartelski, president of the federation, and Jean Berlotti, a member, were to fly to Algiers today to meet with Algerian authorities. The boycott was called when two emissaries of the federation. Capt. J. J. O’Grady and Capt. O. L. A. Forsberg, returned to London after their second mission to Algeria and reported no progress toward securing the release of the hijacked El Al plane.

Official spokesmen here said that the boycott and other measures being taken by the airline pilots do not mean that Israel will discontinue its efforts through the United Nations and other international agencies to secure the release of the plane. Israel will also continue to act through other governments, especially the Italian Government. The El Al plane was over Italy when it was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists on July 23. No details were given of the diplomatic steps being taken and there has been a near total blackout of news from official quarters on the matter.

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