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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2S i- THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Thurstloy, A'ay 10, 1973 MEN'S 10-SPEED STANDARD 21" RACER UIHEE "CHARGE-1P EACH A racy, lightweight bike... a slim and sleek racer... with 10-gear system! Fea- tures safe centre-pull hand brakes, rat-trap pedals, firm-grip taped handlebars, comfy moulded saddle! 21" frame with 27" VA" gumwall tires. Choice of orange, bronze, red or yellow Our Own Brand! "CHARGE-IT" EACH BOYS' 8 GIRLS' 24" COASTER BIKES Our own quality "Zelco" brand. Sturdy 16" frames and 24" wheels. Racing style drop handlebars and saddle for boys. Regular for girls. Painted mudguards and chain guards. Sure-stop coaster brake. Girls' in magenta. Boys' in green. If AS Our Own BOYS' S GIRLS' 20" HIGH RISERS "CHARGE-ir' EACH Features chopper-style him handlebars, sturdy tubular steel frame (orange finish for boys, yellow for banana saddle with sissy bar. Chrome plated kickstand and mudguards. Sure- stop coaster brakes. BOYS' S GIRLS' 16" CONVERTIBLES Converts from boys' to girls' bike by simply removing the cross bar. 16" wheel model in red-orange features training wheels, mini hi-rise handlebars and banana saddle. X "CHARGE-IT" EACH ifatlSfacSori Remnants of ivar guards check traffic bridge on Jordan ALLENBY troubled waters Located in Zellers Shopping Centre on Mayor Magrath Drive. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Telephone By TOM TIEDE JERICHO, OCCUPIED TEK- RITORY (NEA) The most unusual and currently "peace talks" in the Middle East take place every day under a bridge on the Jordan River. Allenby Bridge, named for the British general of World War I, spans 50 yards of Water between Jordan and the Israeli- occupied West Bank, and is easily the most encouraging link between Israeli and Arab belli- gerents of the last quarter cen- tury. Daily at sunrise the sentries on both sides of the Allenby wave greetings. Every after- noon, the antagonists get to- gether, on the sly, under the bridge to exchange gags and coffee. And once each week they meet in one camp or the other to discuss the mutual pro- blems of bridge traffic. NO PROGRESS There is no progress toward a Mddle East armistice at these contacts. This level of communication is more slap-on- the-back than diplomatic. The bridge guardians are mostly privates. Yet the co-operation they work on, indeed the res- pect they offer one another, is more than simpJy a hopeful sign: "We've proven to each other that we can get along in this says an Israeli army officer, "and I think we've proven that such co-oper- ation could be expanded on a much wider scale." To be sure, both Israelis and Jordanians are proud of the AUeisby Bridge co-operation. Partly because "we had a devil of a time bringing it about." When Israel took control of Jor- dan's West Bank following the Six Day War of 1967, the Allen- by area was an open wound. Jordan seethed because of the humiliation of losing territory; Israel worried because it was not altogether certain the occu- pation could last. For three years the sides took turns snip- ing at each other, threatening one another; and the region surrounding the bridge became one of the most heavily mined and "poisoned" areas of the world. WISDOM Then, in 1970, Jordan was forced into reconsideering the wisdon of an eternal border squabble with Israel. When the nation fought and won a "civil war" with Palestine guerrillas, it lost solid support from other Arab nations. Syria, for one, closed its borders to Jordanian trade. Thus isolated, the Jor- dan government turned for re- lief to Israel. The West Bank had been Jordan's chief agri- cultural province for many years; now it was needed as such again. The combatants worked out an agreement unique in the Middle East (where any Arab relationship with Israel is con- sidered both illegal ahd immor- Jordan said it would wel- come trade from the West Bank. Israel said it would aUow former West Bank citizens (chased away by the car) to re- turn at will. The compact has -seen tough times since. Critics continue to condemn it lustily on both sides of the water. But for more than two years now the Allenby Bridge, and much of the Jordan Bridge, and much of the Jordan River border, has been at peace. REMNANTS There are of course still some remnants of war at the Alien- by. Guards at both ends of the bridge are well bunkered. Vi- sitors are cautioned not to step off the main roads because of mines. And just in case of trou- ble, says an Israeli soldier, "We have Phantom jets not far away and they could be here with bombs before the other side got close." Yet behind the armor plate, bridge traffic is quietly rou- tine. Three days of each week at least 50 to 80 trucks, loaded mostly with produce, queue up on the bridge road for passage into Jordan. On the three alter- jate days of each week, the trucks return. And the truck traffic is small compared to the people traf- fic. Israeli authorities say tbat since 1967 more than Arabs have returned (through Jordan) to the West Bank, "We'll get 150 immigrants a says a soldier at Alien- by. Moreover, there is even a tourist trade across the bridge; last year, Israelis say, more than tourists, mostly Arab, crossed the border for fun and games. INFILTRATION Sometimes, unfortunately, in- dividuals cross the bridge for games of a more serious na- ture. Palestinian guerrillas boast openly that they use the Allenby as a simple route for infiltration. Some Israelis be- lieve that "most of the trouble" between Arabs and Jews on the West Bank, in the Gaza Strip and in the Golan Heights, is caused by Allenby Bridge infil- tration. "No doubt about says a ranking Israel Army officer, "if we closed the bridge, wa could cut off a hell of a lot of irritation." Yet the bridge stays open. Be- cause it's a calculated risk the Israelis feel it is justifiable. "We need the bridge traffic as much as the says an Army officer, "it's fine pub- lic relations. Fifty thousand Arabs have come back over here to live, and they see wa don't have horns, we don't rape their women. They see we're just human beings, same as them. The word gets back to their relatives and friends in other Arab countries, and we think that's some kind of pro- gress." HOME No argument there. And situation also works in the re- verse. Few Arabs wear horns either, and their peaceful re- turn to their traditional home is a clear reaffirmation that while many Arabs bark about war, the majority are seeking something else. Says one recent returnee: "I've come back be- cause this is my home. I won't say I love the Jews, because they chased me out in the first place. But I thank them for let- ting me return. And I bear them no bad feeling. As they say, Shalom." So the bridge traffic contin- ues. Back and forth. It can't but help Arab Israeli relations. Already, Jordan and Israel have made some further bor- der agreements (air traffic control, for And there is talk about expanding tourism. And trade. And immigration. And who knows what else. The rumor here on the occu- pied West Bank is that Israeli's Golda Meir and Jordan's King Hussein met recently, in secret, in Washington. The hope is they will meet again next time under the Allenby Bridge, over have shown the way. coffee, with their soldiers who ;