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Res. Gen. Rehavam Ze’evi, Premier Yitzhak Rabin’s advisor encounter-terrorism, has just returned from Montreal where he inspected security arrangements for the Israeli team participating in the Olympic Games. Gen. Ze’evi submitted a list of recommendations to the Premier, it was learned today but no details were disclosed. The first group of Israeli athletes–the soccer team–left for England yesterday where they will train for two weeks before going to Montreal.

Gen. Ze’evi visited the Olympic Village where the Israeli and other teams will be housed. He also met persons responsible for security on behalf of the International Olympics Committee and with Canadian security authorities. Canada has prohibited private security arrangements for any of the participating teams and will rely on its own force of 13,000 police and soldiers for the protection of the sportsmen and spectators.

An Israeli request for independent security arrangements in light of the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre, was rejected. But the Canadians are alert to the possibility that mercenaries–either Japanese or Europeans–might attempt attacks on behalf of Arab terrorist groups, it was learned here.

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