JERUSALEM (May. 6)
In the face of one of the worst years of aerial and airport terrorism, Israel announced Monday that it will submit a comprehensive plan to combat terrorism against airline passengers and crew-to-the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) when it holds its general assembly in Montreal next September.
Transportation Minister Haim Corfu said Israel would call on all ICAO member states to adopt operational procedures aimed at deterring terrorist acts, punish perpetrators and take appropriate retaliatory measures. Corfu said he has had a positive response from Transport Ministers throughout the world to an earlier appeal for action against aerial terrorists.
He said Israel would appeal again to those countries which demonstrate a readiness to assist in the struggle and will suggest that they cooperate in the preparation of the Israeli plan, present it jointly to the ICAO and press for its adoption.
According to Transport Ministry figures released here Monday, international terrorism worsened appreciably in 1985 and took a severe toll of lives. The report noted that more than 500 people were killed.
The explosion of an Air India jet over the Atlantic last year took 320 lives. The hijacking of an Air Egypt plane resulted in the deaths of 60 passengers. The terrorist attacks on the Rome and Vienna airports killed 15. So far in 1986, 20 passengers were killed in bomb explosions aboard a TWA airliner and a Sri Lanka Airlines plane.