NEW YORK (Feb. 15)
Sen. Jacob K. Javits said last night that “it is critically important for the Soviet Union to recognize that United States support of Israel is irreversible and that the United States will continue to afford the aid required for Israel’s survival and will not allow the military balance to be tipped against Israel.” The New York Republican told the centennial dinner of Hunter College that “an essential first step” in preventing a wider war in the Mideast was restoration of the cease-fire that ended the Six-Day War.
He severely criticized the “seeming detachment of France from the effort to bring peace to the area” and said an immediate American action to provide needed Phantoms and Sky hawks to Israel would be “a far more suitable reply to the French government than threatened street demonstrations against President Pompidou which could be ‘counterproductive.'” The Senator again referred to the failure of Big Four and Two Power talks and renewed his proposal that the U.S. take the initiative in convening a regional peace conference. He described the Arab terrorist organizations as a “new major factor complicating the search for peace in the Middle East.” He also called the Arab commandos “a greater threat to the Arab states than to Israel.”