Israel’s Proposal for Boycott Receives Lukewarm Reception

Israeli proposals that the world aviation community boycott countries that provide a haven for aerial hijackers has received a lukewarm reception in industry circles so far. The proposal is under consideration by officials of the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations meeting in London. But highly placed aviation sources here said yesterday that such measures would not solve the immediate problem which is to rescue more than 200 passengers and crew members from two hijacked Jets who are being held hostage by Arab terrorists in Jordan. They felt that even if a boycott decision were to be announced it would not contribute toward freeing the hostages. The U.S. government has a similar attitude. Asked about the matter at a press briefing yesterday, State Department spokesman Robert J. McCloskey said, “I believe we would be very reserved about that kind of a boycott.”

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