TEL AVIV (May. 21)
An Israeli soldier was killed and another was injured when a mine exploded today near Kuneitra in the Golan Heights. Two Israeli soldiers were wounded by Egyptian artillery fire across the Suez Canal last night. Israeli return fire scored hits on Egyptian vehicle concentrations and other targets on the canal’s west bank. A military spokesman said the canal zone was relatively quiet during the night. He said Egyptian artillery fire was on a much reduced scale. (Diplomatic sources in London reported today that faults had been discovered in the first test firings of the latest Soviet-made anti-aircraft missiles, the 5AM-3, being deployed in Egypt. The reports said the nature of the faults was unknown but they have caused considerable concern among the Russians who are installing the missile launchers and who will operate them.)
The body of Segal Ackerman. the engineer of the sunken Israeli fishing trawler Orith, was washed ashore near the Bardawill lagoon yesterday. Ackerman and two other crewmen abandoned the vessel after it was hit by an Egyptian missile boat off the northern Sinai coast a week ago. Ackerman was wounded in the attack and died. His funeral will be held in Tel Aviv tomorrow. Israeli soldiers entering the armed services today are as brave and willing to accept hardships and dangerous assignments as their brothers in the past. But nowadays they ask more questions, want to know more about why they are fighting and refuse to accept mere slogans that were acceptable by soldiers in the past, according to Col. Itzhak Arad, the Army’s chief educational officer. Col. Arad told newsmen at a press briefing that the Israel Army seeks to provide new recruits with more than military training. He said it tries to get the soldiers to identify themselves with their missions, the armed forces and the state.