PARIS (Nov. 4)
The barbaric behavior of Syrian soldiers against Israeli soldiers was described here today by a Deputy who just returned from Israel. Pierre de Benouville, president of the “France-Israel Parliamentary Committee” and a member of the Parliamentary majority, told a press conference here that he saw 68 Israeli soldiers on the Golan Heights with “their throats cut like animals in a slaughter house.” Describing what he termed the “barbaric” behavior of the Syrian soldiers, he stated that this was evidence that the “Syrian aggressors” intended “to exterminate Israel.”
Both de Benouville and Roger Chinaud, another Deputy who also just returned from Israel, asserted that the fourth Israeli-Arab war was a war of destruction against the Jewish State. During the press conference given by the “French Committee for Solidarity With Israel,” the two Deputies said that the enormous military equipment employed by the Arabs indicated that they sought not only to recover the occupied territories but also the “extermination of the Israeli people.” The two Deputies warned against the Soviet threat to Europe in the Middle East. They said that in supporting the Arab nations in the war, the Soviet Union sought to obtain a foothold in the Mideast from which it could dominate Europe strategically through its position in Europe’s southern flank, and economically by controlling the flow of Arab oil to Europe.