TEL AVIV (Jan. 15)
The Israel Olympic Committee has not yet decided on whether to take a stand on the proposed boycott of the 1980 Olympics Games in Moscow, Yitzhak Offek, the committee’s chairman, said today.
He explained that Israel was in a delicate position since its very participation in the Olympics was in danger. The Soviet Union and East European countries have in the past sought to exclude Israel from European events on the grounds of security problems.
Offek said up to now only politicians have made statements urging that the 1980 Games be boycotted or moved out of Moscow. He said the politicians have no authority over the Olympic committees in Israel or in other nations. He said the policy is set by them and the International Olympics Committee.