TEL AVIV (Dec. 5)
Two Israeli soldiers were killed and a third was injured. yesterday when their vehicle hit a mine near the Kilometer 101 checkpoint on the Suez-Cairo road while escorting a UN car. Four Israeli soldiers were wounded last night when Egyptian forces opened small arms and bazooka fire near Kilometer 81 south of Ismailia on the Suez Canal.
The latest incidents along the increasingly shaky cease-fire lines occurred as Israeli, Egyptian and Syrian forces reportedly were preparing for the possibility of a new full-scale outbreak of hostilities. A senior Israeli military spokesman said today that Israel would not initiate a new war but was strong enough to repel the enemy on all fronts. He said Israel was prepared for possible attacks on both the Egyptian and Syrian fronts and was also alert to the possibility that Jordan would open a third front should the cease-fire break down.
The Israeli military spokesman said Israeli forces were prepared to hold their present positions indefinitely. He said it would be foolish for the enemy to renew hostilities or to believe they can wear Israel down by prolonging the impasse. It was reported here today that American sources believe the heightened tension along the cease-fire lines stems from a war of nerves being waged by the Egyptians for political reasons.