Cabinet Briefed on Munich Security
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Cabinet Briefed on Munich Security

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The Cabinet was briefed today on the security arrangements provided for the Israeli Olympic team in Munich prior to the Arab terrorist attack on the Israeli compound in Olympic Village last Tuesday. The briefing was by Israeli security officials and the Israeli Ambassador to West Germany, Eliashiv Ben Horin.

A government spokesman refused to go into details of the briefing afterwards and declined to say which security officials were present. He indicated, however, that Premier Golda Meir would continue to amass information on the security arrangements and would report her findings to the Cabinet. Mrs. Meir is scheduled to address the Knesset tomorrow on the Munich tragedy. Her remarks will precede a general debate on the subject.

Foreign Minister Abba Eban indicated to the Cabinet today that Israel was making a major diplomatic effort to get European governments to step up their measures against terrorist activities within their borders. He said that Israeli representatives are stressing the necessity to advance from statements to “practical steps” against the terrorists.

Foreign Minister Abba Eban expressed appreciation today for the US veto of the resolution before the Security Council last night. He said the veto was “an act of great international importance” because it indicated that the Security Council could be something more than a “factory for the production of unfriendly resolutions.”

A wreath to the memory of the Palestinian terrorists killed last week in Munich was placed at the foot of the Monument to the Dead in Grenoble last night by persons claiming to be members of the Black September organization. Insults to the State of Israel were also written on the Olympic installations in this French city.

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