LONDON (Dec. 4)
An Israeli military commentator chided the British government yesterday for allegedly permitting its United Nations Ambassador, Lord Caradon, to exercise his personal prejudices in dealing with Mideastern problems before the world body. Brig. Gen. Chaim Herzog, former military governor of East Jerusalem, address the annual general meeting of the Anglo-Israel Association here.
“It seems that the tail wags the dog as far as the British team at the UN is concerned,” he said. “Lord Cardoon seems to think that he is still the district commissioner of Nazareth and the British government seems to act accordingly.” Lord Cardoon, who represents Britain in the Four Power Mideast talks which resumed in New York on Tuesday, has been severely criticized for voting in favor of a Security Council resolution that condemned Israel’s activities in East Jerusalem following the E. Aksa mosque fire last Aug. 21. Lord Cardoon apparently acted on his own without instructions from Whitehall.
Gen. Herzog said that while the Arabs are much stronger militarily than they were before the June, 1967 war, Israel is in an even better position and gained a major geographical advantage by the war. He said Israel has been successful in combatting Arab guerrillas. According to Gen. Herzog, some 3000 of them are presently in Israeli prisons. He said that 700 guerrillas have been killed according to the admission of the E. Fatah leader, Yasser Arafat. Gen. Herzog, who comments on military matters on Israeli radio and television, said that a new Mideast war was unlikely because Israel wants no war and the Arabs are not capable of waging one.