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Eshkol Reiterates Warning to Syria; Terrorists Cut Water Pipe in Negev

September 16, 1966
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Premier Levi Eshkol, in a special statement to the press, warned again today that Syria was sheltering, training and activating terrorists against Israel. “We have stated recently that we are holding the neighboring states responsible for acts carried out by terrorists coming from their territories,” he declared. “This is said especially in connection with Syria.”

Arab terrorists, believed to belong to the El Fatah sabotage gangs, struck again in Israel last night, cutting a water pipe in the Negev Desert, about seven miles east of the Rock of Masada, the Israel army spokesmen reported today. The damage was discovered by Israeli patrols this morning. Israel filed a complaint against the new terrorist action with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization.

Gen. Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s Chief of Staff, issuing a New Year’s message to the Armed Forces, declared today that it was doubtful “whether our neighbors have as yet learned that these swords they wield are two-edged.” He said that it was for this reason that his greetings for the New Year were an appeal for more efforts and more alertness. He added that “only if we, who hold the shield, will keep alert, can Israeli citizens have a secure and calm year.”

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