UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Mar. 18)
Israel has accused Egypt of using the Feb. 21 Libyan airliner disaster for “purposes of continued propaganda warfare against Israel” and charged that Egypt had no intention of cooperating in arrangements “that would avert such disasters in the future.” The charges were made in a letter to the Security Council from Yosef Tekoah, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN. The letter was in reply to a March 12 letter to the Security Council from the Egyptian UN mission charging Israel with intentionally downing the Libyan airliner.
Tekoah noted that the “tragic incident” had been considered by “several professionally competent organs” which he said “are receiving and will continue to receive all the necessary data from the Israel authorities.”
The envoy said Egypt had “summarily ‘rejected Israel’s proposal to establish means of communication” for such emergency situations as that which ended in the crash of the Libyan airliner while at the same time continuing “unreserved support to the murderous activities of Arab terror organizations which reached a new low point of barbarism in the Khartoum Killings” of two American and one Belgian diplomat.