JERUSALEM (Jul. 10)
Israel has signed an agreement with the Arabian-American Oil Co. to permit repairs to be made on a section of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline (Tapline), passing through the Israel-occupied Golan Heights, which was damaged by Arab saboteurs last month. The agreement was signed by the Israeli Finance Ministry and provides for the payment by ARAMCO of an undisclosed amount to Israel for damages and water pollution caused by the sabotage.
The agreement also stipulates that the owners of the pipeline will take special precautions to protect Israeli water sources from pollution should the pipeline be damaged again. Repairs are expected to be completed in a month. Tapline carries crude oil from the Saudi Arabian oil fields to Mediterranean ports in Lebanon. Lebanon and Syria are paid royalties for the transit privilege. Israel has made no claim for payment though a section of the line passes through Israel held territory.