New York (Oct. 20)
Gen, Haim Laskov, Israeli Chief of Staff from January 1958 to December 1960, asserted today that Israel must “stand firm” against the “threat of war” by the Soviet Union and the “pressure” for concessions by the United States. The Russian-born ex-officer, addressing the closing luncheon of the national bienniel convention of the Women’s Division of the American Society for Technion, charged that the US policy of recommending guarantees and buffer forces instead of supplying Israel with weaponry could only lead to a “whittling down” of Israeli security.
Meanwhile, he said, the Arabs are seeking the “final solution” to the Israeli question. Laskov ridiculed the demand that Israel return to her borders of June 1967. “Did Russia go back to her original frontiers of September 1939?” he asked. He said there could be no peace in the Middle East as long as the Kremlin was influential there. Laskov praised the work of Technion, commenting: “For us the success of the Technion is vital.”