WEEKLY SUMMARY: PRE-EMPTIVE RETALIATION

Created: 11/3/1972

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PRE-EMPTIVE RETALIATION

Israeli aircraft onctober bombed four Arab guerrilla bases close to Damascus, the first such action since the bombings ofctober and Tel Aviv's enunciationre-emptive strike policyis the fedayeen. The raid came less thanours after the West German Government had acceded to the demands of two Blackhijackersnd released the three Arab terrcrists involved in the Munich slayings.

Lebanon-Syrian border. This was in retaliationyrian artillery barrage against the Golan Heights, which Damascus had undertaken in response to the Israeli air strikes onctober. Onctober, the Israelis moved more troops, armor, and heavy artillery into the heights, ep-parently to reinforce troops there and to indicate to Damascus they were ready for any

An Israeli spokesman denied the action was directly connected with the prisoner release. The government and public were incensed over what they called Bonn's "hasty capitulation" to the hijackers, howaver, and the strikes seemedto demonstrate that, while other countries might be soft on terrorists, Israel was not. Tel Aviv recalled its ambassador from Bonn and the Israeli parliamentesolution calling for "no submission" in dealing with tht fedayeen "criminalsurderers."

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Subsequently, the Israelis struck again, this timeyrian military camp near the northern

These Israeli actions reflect some frustration in dealing withnew Palestinian terrorist tactics, particularly in regard to bringing other countries to act. Israel can readily cope with terrorism along its cease-fire lines, in the occupied Arab territories, and within Israel itself. TheIs with terrorist activities abroad. Last week, for example, Dutch authorities released afound to be carrying an arsenal of ex* plosive letter bombs and weapons as wellalf-dozen passports, including an Algerianone. Tel Aviv cannot understand such action by the Dutchnn's "surrender" of the Munich prisoners. The Israelis,esult, see the task of controlling the terrorists as devolving more and more upon themselves, and thisIsrael's determination to hit the fedayeen and their Arab hosts wherever and whenever it can.

Meanwhile, Libya's lionizing of the hijackers and Munich slayers has drawn special attention in the seml-offlcal Israeli newspaper Davar. The day after the prisoner release, Davar stated, "the country of destination of the Munich murderers

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