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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta It - THI UTHBRIDCI HERALD - Wedntidoy, March 24 ,1971 LOVE WARMS A LION'S HEART - Dixie Middleton accepts a wet kits off Vici, who was to be put to death 18 months ago. His original owner did not take proper car* of the lion, so Vici was brought to the Small Animal Clinic at Michigan State University to be killed. Miss Middleton nursed the lion that could not even lift his head due to malnutrition until he now weighs over 100 pounds, still about one-fourth of what he should weigh. Job picture brightens despite record total Talks so far have been polite but firm United States puts pressure on Israel By WILLIAM M1LLINSHIP London Observer Service WASHINGTON - Israel now appears to be negotiating a Middle East peace settlement with the United States, its main supporter, rather than with its Arab adversaries. The Israeli-American dialogue has so far been polite though firm. According to Israeli sources, here, "there has not been an iota of American pressure on Israel on things that matter. The supply pipelines are open and credit arrangements are working as planned." These sources describe the present situation as "some kind of interregnum . . . Egypt and Russia are sitting back leaving others to do their work If we want to reach a peace agreement, it must be the result of negotiations between the parties - concerned and acceptable to the peoples that live in the area. It will not be reached by injecting the views of others." The United States govern ment had previously supported this hands - off attitude in public and preferred to work quietly behind the scenes to try, to get an agreement. The Americans still insist that any Big-Power or United Nations guarantees can only be "supportive" to a formal agreement between the parties immediately involved (Israel, Egypt and Jordan). But William Rogers, the American Secretary of S t a t e, changed his ground when he conceded at a press conference that the kind of peacekeeping arrangements the major powers and others envisaged could influence the Arab-Israeli negotiations which have been going on under the aus* pices of the United Nations special envoy, Dr. Gunnar Jarring. More spectacular has been the way the Israelis and the Americans have allowed their disagreement about the right road to peace to come out into the open. The most serious difference between them is over the best method of assuring Israel's future security. Mrs Gol-da Meir, the Israeli Premier, has made it plain that her government will hold out for geographically secure frontiers. International guarantees would not be enough. Mr. Rogers said at his press conference that a properly established international peace-keeping force would provide "the greatest possible security for the parties," if it was of "a continuing nature, could not be removed by any unilateral decision and would be located hi areas that were critical." In his view, geography was relatively unimportant in modern times. What mattered was the political arrangement that was made and the extent to which it was backed by the international community and the major powers. He made it clear that the United States, despite some doubts raised in Congress, was prepared to provide troops for an international force that would include contingents from the Soviet Union, France and Britain and from any other country that was willing to participate and was acceptable to Israel and the Arab countries. He also made it clear that, if such a force were set up, the United States would not move its troops "except by agreement " This he thought "is the most adequate possible guarantee that you can conceive of in modern life." What Mr. Rogers had to say, in his disarming, friendly way, differed sharply from Mrs. Meir's list of the pieces of occupied territory Israel proposed to keep under its control. It differed even more sharply from the strongly - worded background paper recently dis- tributed on pink paper by the Israeli Embassy in Washington. RESIST PRESSURES This said emphatically: "Under no circumstances will Israel surrender its; right to a free negotiation with Egypt" on the boundary issues ... "It will resist all pressures, from whatever source, be they military or political, that aim at resurrecting Israel's past territorial vulnerability by. precluding the negotation of future secure boundaries " The paper dismissed Egypt's stated readiness to reach a formal settlement as "a tactical ploy." It was an offer "made subject to a central condition which Egypt and the Soviet Union know Israel will never accept and will be even prepared to fight over if necessary: the issue of total withdrawal." The object of the ploy was to isolate Israel by driving a wedge between her and the United States and so pave the way for a solution imposed by the major powers acting together in a common front. President Nixon, in a press conference earlier this month, stated that the United States would not impose a settlement on Israel. He added: "We will do everyhing we can to urge the parties to talk." This "everything" already includes rebutting Israeli arguments in public, while privately assuring Israel of generous military and economic aid after a peace agreement was signed. It is not yet clear how much further the United States government is prepared to take its friendly persuasion which, in Israeli eyes, could easily begin to look like a form of unfriendly pressure. But it is hard to see how amicable meetings between Mr. Rogers and the Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr Elian, can bridge the gap between their two countries'. Israel does not believe Egypt has moved more than semantically from its traditional posture. Washington believes that the climate has never been better for a Middle East settlement. Mr. Rogers stated the position dramatically: "We think that, if a peaceful settlement is not worked out m the foreseeable future, there is a very dangerous situation that will develop and possibly lead to a third world war." The United States is anxious ot avoid an open break with Israel, but, if friendly persuasion does not produce a change in the Israeli' attitude, Washington will inevitably be tempted to resort to "persuasion" of I a cruder nature. KISS ACROSS THE tORDER - Brief reunion at Peace Arch Park 30 miles south of Vancouver brings Mohammed Azam together with wife and children. Former Fijian policeman was refused re-entry into Canada after trip to United State* and must stay south of the border pending appeal. OTTAWA (CP) - While unemployment last month ap-proached a 10-year record, there were signs of underlying improvement in the job picture. Further statistics released here showed that while there were an estimated 675,000 unemployed by mid-February, six per cent of them were temporary layoffs of up to 30 days. A rise in the number of workers on temporary layoff is usually a sign of growing uncertainty among employers about the future But in last month's case, the number of temporary layoffs was down. The six-per-cent figure compared with eight per cent at mid-January this' year, and with 11 per cent in February last year. Another indicator of employment difficulties is the number of workers who actually worked less than their normal workweek. PERCENTAGE DOWN For this, the Dominion Bureau of Statistics estimates the number of workers who normally work 35 hours a week or more, but did not do so during the week it surveyed to make its labor situation estimates. The number who worked less than 35 hours in the week ended Feb. 20 was 8.4 per cent, compared with 9.4 per cent in the week of Jan. 16 this year Those who worked less than their full work-week in February gave economic reasons for their inability to do so in 13 per cent of the cases. A month earlier, 14 per cent gave economic reasons. The economic reasons for not working 35 hours or more include short time, layoff for part of the week, or termination or start of employment during the week. Other reasons for not working the full week, and not regarded as economic reasons, include illness, bad weather, industrial dispute, vacations or holidays. WORSE A YEAR AGO This drop in the number not working a full week because of economic reasons in February, down from January, was in contrast with the situation a year earlier. Between January and February, 1970, the number not working for economic reasons rose to 17 per cent from 14. The bureau also reported Monday on a survey it makes every three months of the fam- ogers' is great for the golden flavor of cane-sugar syrup. Whenever your recipe calls for corn syrup, use ROGERS' instead. You'll love it! Available in the tin or handy new plastic container. For your free ROGERS' RECIPE BOOK, write: B.C. Sugar Refining Co. Ltd., Rogers Street. Vancouver, B.C. ily circumstances of those reputed in its labor force survey as unemployed. At mid-January, the total number of unemployed was 668,000, up from 485,000 at mid-January last year Of this year's mid-January jobless, 282,000 were reported to be heads of families, compared with 205,000 in January last year. But in percentage terms, this was no greater incidence of unemployed family heads than a year earner. The report srowed that In January this year, as in January and April last year, 42 per cent of the unemployed were family heads. Thirty-three per cent of the unemployed this year were single sons or daughters of family heads. The sons-and-daughters figure usually rises in the mid-summer survey, when large numbers of students are in the labor force who, during the winters months, are at school or university. 31.9 million shareholders NEW YORK (AP) - Despite the stock market decline last year, the number of shareholders grew by about one million to an estimated 31.9 million, a New York Stock Exchange study shows. Dr. William C. Freund, the exchange's senior economist, predicts the number of individual shareholders in the United States will grow to nearly 40 million in 1975 and to 50 million in 1980. In a speech for a meeting of the Conference Board, a business research organization, Freund said individuals probably would buy and sell an average of 11 million shares a day in 1980, compared with 7.9 million in 1969. Reds set off nuclear blast STOCKHOLM (Reuter) - The Soviet Union set off an underground nuclear blast in Siberia today, a Swedish institute reported. Prof. Arne Bjerhamrrrar of Stockholm Technical High School geodetic unit said the blast was of about one megaton. The Seismological Institute of Uppsala also monitored the explosion and said it registered six on the open-ended Richter scale. The last test in the area was carried out Dec. 17 and measured 6.1, the institute said. Spanish styling was never more elegant than in this sculptured 25" Custom Color TV .. . with the unique Moorish gift for adding lightness apparent in the delicate scroll work at the bottom. Automatic fine tuning, memory fine tuning, perma-tint control, color level monitor, voltage tripler circuit, automatic degaussing circuit, pre-set volume control. 25" CONTEMPORARY LOWBOY COLOR TV The rollaway front that makes elegant old desks sought after as prize antiques reappears in a modern new setting . . . to make this 25" Custom Deluxe Color TV- a real collector's item. 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