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Eban to Icao: Israel Will Demand Same Treatment As Other Nations Guilty of Intercepting Airliners

Foreign Minister Abba Eban said today that Israel would demand the same treatment as other nations guilty of intercepting airliners if it is threatened with sanctions by the International Civil Aviation Association (ICAO) Convention which opens Tuesday in Rome. Israel intercepted a Lebanese airliner Aug. 10.

The Israeli Foreign Minister noted that three Arab countries had imprisoned passengers on civilian aircraft that had been hijacked or forced down on their territory and that no multilateral action had been taken against any of them Eban said Israel would remind the ICAO that Algeria and Syria held Israeli air crews and passengers for several months in 1968 and 1969 before releasing them in exchange for convicted Arab terrorists.