TEL AVIV (Jan. 8)
Maj. Gen. Chaim Bar Lev, chief of staff of Israel’s armed forces, said today that there was evidence of erosion and defections in the Arab terrorist and sabotage organizations fighting Israel. He added, however that these development do not mean a beginning of the end of sabotage against Israel but may indicate that Israel is on the right track in its war against the terrorists. Gen. Bar Lev spoke following a retreat parade at the new officers’ candidate school at Mitzpeh Rimon. He used the occasion to reiterate Israel’s warning that Arab governments which shelter and support terrorists on their territory would be held responsible for their actions. He said those governments would learn that support of the terrorists was not worth the high price they may have to pay. Although he mentioned no country by name, Gen. Bar Lev’s remarks appeared to be addressed to Beirut. He made them several hours after a band from Lebanon blew up an empty house in the Israeli village of Shetula near the Lebanese frontier. There were no casualties in the incident.