Ne’eman Resigns Defense Ministry Post in Protest Against Accord

Prof. Yuval Ne’eman announced yesterday that he was resigning as senior advisor to the Defense Minister in protest against the governments decision to accept the new interim pact with Egypt. The announcement, which Ne’eman made after informing Defense Minister Shimon Peres of his decision Tuesday, came as a surprise inasmuch as the prominent Israeli physicist relinquished his post as president of Tel Aviv University little more than two months ago, to join the Defense Ministry as senior advisor in charge of scientific activities.

Ne’eman was said to be strongly opposed to Israel’s decision to return the Abu Rodeis oilfields in Sinai to Egypt under terms of the pact. It is not a question of territory but of energy, he said, explaining his move. He said the abandonment of Abu Rodeis raised the possibility that America would exert pressure on Israel in the future by preventing her from getting the oil she needs, just as America recently exerted pressure by withholding arms Israel urgently needed.

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