Israel Ready to Contribute to Outer Space Problems

Israel is deeply interested in the use of space knowledge for a better exploitation of solar energy and would be ready to contribute to the work of the Committee on Outer Space, Israel’s representative, Ambassador Amiel Najar said in an address to the General Assembly’s First Committee on Outer Space Problems, Najar said his country was also in favor of full access of states to information on their territory through tele-observation or tele-detection of the earth. He said Israel favored a wide exchange of scientific and technological information.

Najar stressed that space control was the most visible and most evident expression of the inter-dependence of peoples of this planet. He cited the Joint U.S.-Soviet Soyuz-Apollo program as an example and observed that artificial satellites circling the earth and direct television programs on a regional and worldwide scale are permanent elements of our world.

He said that hesitations or preoccupation over this intrusion into traditional national domains are legitimate but cannot modify the new situation created by the development of science and its possibility in the field of space. The role of international societies is to give all nations a feeling of participation in this adventure.

Najar described his country’s participation in INTELSAT and COSPAE (Committee of International Council of Scientific Unions and International Federation of Aeronautics) which will hold its 20th session in Israel in 1977. The 27th Congress of the Federation is scheduled to be held in Israel in 1978.

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