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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 -TH6 LETHBRIDQC HERALD November 1t73 Experts differ on possibility Does Israel have nuclear bomb By Tom Newspaper Enterprise Association JEN'S UNIFORM CENTRE All Uniforms White and colored OFF S A L Ifl fOne Special Rack OFF Styles OFF Uniforms for Nurses Beiuticiins Doctors Waitresses otc. JEN'S UNIFORM CENTRE 504 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-3631 WASHINGTON In the heat of the Arab- Israieli Yom Kippur war a French Georges casually told a reporter that the Israelis possess a nuclear threat. The opinion went unnoticed in most U.S. as speculation on the usually does. The prospect has always been too unpleasant for widespread popular contemplation. with a tenuous truce in partial and thoughts somewhat less it may be well to consider the general's if only as an element in the argument for a more stable Middle East. Buis' of is not sacred. He is director of the French Institute of National Defense and it was his nation which assisted Israel in the construction of at least one nuclear but the existence of an Israeli bomb has not been confirmed. Many experts say the bomb does not exist. The arguments are that there is no record of an Israeli that past Israeli leaders David have long in- sisted their nation would not be the first to introduce such weapons in the U.S. world opinion prohibits Israel from having so much gunpowder so near an open flame. firmly believe the bomb dwells in Tel Aviv. The for instance. Arguments in Egypt are that the Israelis ob- viously have the the technology with the exception of the resources. Arab sources point out that money is no limiting former U.N. Secretary General U-Thant once estimated the produc- tion of a small yield atomic bomb at costing million about one night's in- says an Arab the United Jewish And adds Cornell professor George Israel does little to dis- courage speculation. A retired Israeli general last year wrote an article for the popular press which warned Egypt against new wars lest Arabs receive a nuclear blast on the Aswan Dam. Says who has closely studied the Israeli bomb question is one ol semantics. The whole thing is fraught with ambiguities. Ben-Gurion said he wouldn't be the first to introduce nuclear weapons in the Mediterranean but that was long after the U.S. 6th fleet had already done so. They play a tricky game. And at the very if they don't have the bomb now they can quickly put one No doubt. Alan Solomonow of the Com- mittee for New Alternatives in the Middle East says the Israelis now have three work- ing nuclear reactors. the is the French-built original at Dimona. And there is possibly one in the Sinai. Sears S. E. WOODS SKI Reg. Made of waterfowl down and the sleeves are polyester insulated. Fully guaranteed two way separable zipper. Comes with adjustable waist and hidden hood. Colors of Yellow Berry. Sizes S.M.L.XL. Ltd.- at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee JfcV flBsU and free delivery Open Daily from a.m. to p.m. Thurs. and Frl. a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Telephone 328-9231 Chateaux-Hotels of France the shooting down of the Arab airliner last asks Solomonow. think the reason it was done so hastily is that the plane veered too near the Sinai reactor and the Israelis The Dimona reactor say nuclear ex- perts in the United is capable of producing at least one bomb a year. Conven- tional wisdom has it that Israel may have an arsenal of about a dozen warheads. Many of its fighter craft could serve as delivery If the Jericho missile is sophisticated enough to put a nuclear charge well into any neighboring territory. But would Israel do Dr. Herbert former CIA now a member of the Federation of American believes it would be most unwise. would be terribly stupid of them to use it. They would only be asking for a retaliation. They would be inviting the Russians to give similar weapons to the Arabs. it would be stupid. But having said this I should add that the antagonists there are not always so as believes the bomb would not be used while any alternative ex- isted. But in a says an Arab Israel's existence was naturally they would shoot whatever they had. I doubt they have built the atomic if they have built for purely scientific pur- If Israel did use the experts the Aswan would be an obvious busting the dam would flood at least 200 villages and ruin much of Egypt's power supply. the Israelis might select a warning such as President Truman was advis- ed to do in the war with mushrooip over the says a Jewish physicist go a long way to stopping any Arab march into It would most go an equally long way toward creating World War III. Thus the revival of interest in the question of the Israeli bomfi. not just the 'Israeli says a Washington member of also the 'Egyptian Egypt is right now planning a 150-megawatt reactor which could turn out 30 bombs a year. the Arabs are not standing still in this escalation. At the very least they have poison which was used in the Yemen which is at least as horrible and as unthinkable a modern weapon as the bomb This is adds Alan Solomonow of the Middle East study long-range peace in the Mediterranean must be achieved. Con- tinuation of a situation where war breaks out every six to ten years is impossible. says Arabs get a little stronger and more anxious. So far they haven't tried to enter Israel. But what if they What if they S s Biai France offers chance to try canopied bed By ROBIN WRIGHT Christian Science Monitor France So you've drooled over the castles in the Loire Valley and gushed over the Medieval chateaux in the Perigord. So you've longed to live in the grand comfort of Louis XIV or wanting to sample more than just a quick tour allows here or a photo so- journ affords there. now there's a way to try one of those squishy soft beds in the high-ceilinged or be waited on at the long table in the chandeliered dining room. The chateaux-hotels of France can now offer you a Medieval seaside es- tate built in the 15th century or a Gothic manor overlooking the a 13th- century castle on Lake Leman or the former monastery of Chartreux par- tially restored by Louis XV. Take your pick. The selection goes 81 listings long and covers the entire face of France. Some come with others offer yachting. Some have tennis others provide pools and even miniature golf. But all offer history at its most and roman- tic. With a little time and a little more chateau hopping is a novel way to tour France and history. Even a one-night stop as a treat from the nor- mal tourist trappings will provide in- sight into life-styles of the past as well as first-class accommodations. And the prices aren't usually as rageous as the style suggests. There are four classes of lux- and although the last label is a gross under- statement of status. All are pretty lux- urious by most American Holiday Inn- Howard Johnson-Best Western stan- dards. The prices vary according to although even the seven luxury sites have rooms beginning at around per night. Prices can go as high as but this generally includes an apartment com- plete with kitchen and enough room for a family. In a couple of cases this will rent a complete minivilla on a larger estate. All prices vary with the season. The broad spectrum of former royal palaces to modern manor houses to historic homes is divided into seven luxury 26 excellent 38 with good labels and 10 comfortable sites. associated for the sake of each chateau-hotel is1 in- dividually owned and But whatever the all are land- scaped in beauty and decorated with the serenity of wealth. Additional information may be ob- tained through a travel the French Tourist Office at 610 Fifth New N.Y. or the Bureau 51 rue de France. Combat veteran finds job at White House a battle By JOHN HERBERS New York Times Service WASHINGTON A few days former Gen. Alex- ander M. Haig his eyes red from lack of sleep and his face drawn with' observed that he had never known military combat to be as arduous as being President Nixon's right hand man in re- cent weeks. is not only the Watergate he told a visitor to his office in a conversation that was interrupted four times presidential Middle East crisis has taken even more of my As the president's troubles have Nixon's tendency to rely for advice and help on a small circle of seems to have and a major part of the burden has fallen to the man who has' been the president's chief of staff since May 4. Day after according to White House Nixon spends his time chiefly with Ronald L. his press and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger. The narrowness of Nixon's day-to-day contacts has become a matter of growing concern to a number of Republican leaders in congress and to some White House aides who feel they have little influence as the president's public support has declined and demands for his resignation have increased. There has been a current of unrest among.some White House staff who they fear that in many ways Nixon is right back where he was in before the dismissal' of H. R. Haldeman and John D. who were widely accused of Isolating the president. Haig has taken a different urging a more open ad- ministration and decentaliza- tion of authority. But they say has per- sisted in his habit of restricting hia contacts. One example of how this has damaged the president was cited. According to testimony in United StatM District Court Nixon knew more than a month ago that two of the nine Watergate tapes sought by the court could not be but he apparently did not inform his chief counsel who was defending his position in court. as the controversy over the tapes and other issues have been the centre of a number of changes have taken place in the White House staff. A number of high officials who became dissillusioned with their jobs and planned to leave were persuaded by colleagues to stay on grounds of loyalty. To leave at this they were would make it appear that the ad- ministration was caving in. Some middle-level officials are however. One young who makes 000 a year and who joined the White House staff in has mailed out a resume in search of a new job. at the White House he after Nixon fired Archibald Cox as special Watergate prosecutor Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson resigned. He said a number of his colleagues decided to leave. He no longer believes in the he and has decided the of the White House is gone. He thinks the president is suffer- ing from strain. Cholera deaths spark clean-up in Italy ROME In 30 million rats. In shellfish fattened on sewage. In children playing in festering garbage. As the country's cholera outbreak subsides after claim- ing 26 these scenes are being brought home to Ital- ians as hard truths about many of their main cities. cholera deaths have prompted a detailed look at health conditions and a wave of political buck-passing and even crimi- nal charges. Italians have learned that their quite apart from the has by far the highest rate in Europe of typhoid and hepatitis and that only 32 of its cities have proper systems of sewage dis- posal while many have none at all. Although the situation is gravest in slum-ridden Naples and the impoverished even Rome has plenty of defi- ciencies. A leading Rome ver- min Eduino says at least 30 million rats infest drains and rubbish particularly in the pic- turesque old quarters in the heart of the Eternal City. Here as In most of sewage disposal remains a problem tor local authorities because disposal plants either do not cannot or are not working efficiently. In the whole of ac- cording to one .detailed sur- 16 million tons of refuse are produced every but only about 20 per cent otthis is adequately disposed of. The situation is worst in the teeming Mediter- ranean and other areas of the south. After the central govern- ment identified polluted shellfish as the source of the Naples the author- ities finally took action against the cultivation of mussels just offshore in the city's right in the path of the sewers carrying untreated effluent the sea. In the last two naval minesweepers have dredged the mussel beds while squads of police and workmen de- stroyed vendors' food stalls with bulldozers and picks to prevent resurgence of the dis- ease. The cultivation and sale of a major industry in the southern coastal has been throwing many thousands out of work. ;