Knesset Calls on Austria to Continue to Provide Transit Facilities

The Knesset adopted a resolution today which called on Austria to continue supplying all transit facilities as heretofore to Soviet Jews enroute to Israel. The unanimous resolution–to be transmitted to all parliaments and governments–declared that the Austrian promise to two Arab terrorists given under duress, had no validity either in international law or human ethics. It was an urgent moral responsibility of the Austrian government to abrogate the promise given to the terrorists, the resolution declared.

All factions supported the motion except the Rakah Communists who did not vote against it but presented their own resolution which was rejected.

It became clear here during the day that Premier Golda Meir would see Chancellor Bruno Kreisky tomorrow. The final decision on the meeting was expected from Strasbourg this evening. Sources close to the Premier explained that she would not forgive herself if history–or the opposition, or the Soviet Jews–accused her in the future of not doing everything possible to change the Austrian decision. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned that the possibility of her trip to Vienna was raised at the Cabinet meeting Saturday night.

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