WASHINGTON (Oct. 1)
U.S. Air Force Gen, George S. Brown, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has told a military-oriented audience in Huntsville, Alabama, that the “United States is committed to the survival of the State of Israel but military factors favoring Israel diminish with time.”
Without elaborating on that point, Brown observed that “although significant progress toward peace has been made between Egypt and Israel, the security situation in the Mideast generally is of the gravest concern.” He also told the Tennessee Valley chapter of the Association of the U.S. Army that “the major unresolved issues between the Arabs and Israelis could yet explode into a fifth war unless further progress is made on the diplomatic front.”
“War must be avoided–for many reasons. Oil is just one,” he said. He did not discuss other reasons. “All parties must recognize that a solution in Mideast problems must be found in forms other than military,” he said.