Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
18-THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Friday. October 19, 1973 Interpreting the News Mideast peace hopes grow By ROD CURRIE LONDON (CP) Israels hint of an offer of "substantial compromise" combined with Egypt's ''peace plan" provides more than a glimmer of hope that the Middle East war may be resolved at the conference table. Caught off-balance and ap- parently suffering substantial loss at the outset of hostilities. Israel's leaders at first adopted a hard attitude that the issue would have to be resolved in the field. But that attitude appears to be softening as losses on both sides increase and as the war continues with no evidence of any quick military resolution. Soviet ground-to-air missiles may have been the decisive factor in reducing the effec- tiveness of Israel's air power. REASON EMERGES Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's "peace plan" speech, while including conditions that Israel may not be willing to accept, nevertheless brought an unexpected ele- ment of reason to the critical situation. The speech also seemed to have established him as the paramount Arab spokesman and won him broad public support in the Arab world. Abba Eban. Israel's foreign minister, described Sadat's truce terms as "a very sharp hardening of an already ex- treme position." But at the same time he offered "substantial compromise" in peace negotiations if these ever got under way. What Israel may consider as "substantial compromise" may not be seen in similar light by the Arabs but there now appears to be more anxie- ty in Tel Aviv for a ceasefire than a desire to hold on to all the lands taken from the Arabs in the 1967 war. ALL DOORS OPEN Diplomats studying Sadat's speech says he seems anxious to keep all doors open, noting in particular that his in- evitable criticism of the United States .was not nearly as hostile as they expected. Even more notable, he used the speech Tuesday to the Egyptian National Assembly to inform the Israelis that "we do not call for their an- nihilation as has been claimed." Despite general praise, ob- servers do not overlook the possibility the speech was calculated to appeal to Israel's supporters, some of whom have grown impatient with what they consider to be Israel's defiance of world opi- nion and reluctance since the 1967 war to take the initiative toward a peaceful settlement with her neighbors. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Oantil Mechanic Capitol Bldg. PHONE: 328-7684 Aside from reiterating the old and already-rejected de- mand that Israel retire to pre- 1967 boundaries, Sadat also proposed an international peace conference after the withdrawal. Demonstrating his new strength as principal Arab spokesman, he said he was ready to "convince" the heads of other Arab countries and the Palestine resistance that they should participate. In the view of many observ- ers, even more remarkable than the speech itself was the general Arab reaction to it. If he had made the speech before the fighting started. some suggest, the outside world would have largely ig- nored it and the Arab world would have censured him for it. But for the war. and the "honor" the Arabs feel they have regained by crossing the Suez canal, it is unlikely he could have spoken with such confidence of a peace confer- ence. Despite the generally favor- able reaction, realistic observers see the speech as only a faint sign of possible diplomatic openings toward peace. No one. least of all Sadat, expects Israel to accept the terms as outlined. Amid diminishing prospects of a decisive military victory for either side, it seems likely a ceasefire can be achieved only by a standstill of Arab and Israeli forces "in wherever they are at the time. HE BRAND NEW FIRST of a NEW SERIES of DATSUN FOR 1974 AVAILABLE IN 2 and 4 DOOR SEDANS And a 2 DOOR HATCHBACK Open Till Midnight Tonight Free Coffee and Donuts Door Brentwood Rocking Chair Courtesy of Capital Furnlturo Come in and See these Exciting New Cars FOREIG 1102-3rd Ave. S. (Leth.) LTD. Phone 328-9651 Airlines to reduce flights WASHINGTON (CP) Three United States airlines, met Thursday in the wake of recently announced fuel allocation restrictions to seek ways to cut down on passenger capacity along mutually-served routes. A Civil Aeronautcs Board (CAB) spokesman said Trans World. United and American had received board permis- sion to discuss reductions in the New York-Chicago run. The meeting was called fol- lowing federal restrictions limiting domestic carriers this year to 1972 fuel- consumption figures. In another development, William T. Seawell, chairman of Pan American World Airways, said Wednesday Pan Am and other carriers will try to set up capacity agreements to reduce international flights, particularly in the crowded North Atlantic market, which he called "a shambles." Airlines flying the Atlantic have been losing money on the route ever since 1968. Seawell said, adding: "The reason is that the service is chronically priced below the cost of providing it." EXPECT TOO MUCH "In the intensely com- petitive North Atlantic situation, it is too much to ex- pect all of the nearly 50 operators to exercise restraint and good judgment." In an address to the Inter- national Aviation Club, Seawell said current fuel shor- tages opened the opportunity to decrease some competition and that Pan Am would ask federal approval for talks with other international carriers. Industry spokesmen said Trans World and Lufthansa would join the appeal, but the CAB said no such request had reached the board so far. Seawell said that Pan Am. largest airline in the U.S., ex- pects to show a slim profit pn the first nine months of 1973 following years of huge losses. Piloted Byrd on flight MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (AP) Bcrnt Balchen, who piloted Admiral Richard Byrd's first flight over the South Pole in died in hospital here Wednesday after a long il- lness. He would have been 74 on Tuesday. The Norwegian-born air- man flew 15 times over the North Pole and twice over the South Pole. He was made citizen of the United States by act of Congress, which also awarded him a special medal. He ran the Allies' secret air- line into Scandinavia and the Soviet Union during the Se- cond World War and helped found the Scandinavian Airlines. Watches protesters A National Capital Commission worker stops to watch protesters, from the striking Atomic Energy Allied Council, march on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The tradesmen are striking the Atomic Energy plant at Chalk River, Ont., in an effort to have wages tied to the cost of living. Female hijacker killed MARSEILLE (AP) The wife of a French public rela- tions executive was killed by police Thursday after she tried to hijack an Air France plane to Cairo. Police said the woman, identified as Mrs. Daniele Cravenee, 35, at first demand- ed that all auto traffic in France be stopped for 24 hours, and then insisted on go- ing to Cairo. Police and passengers said she was ner- vous and incoherent during her ill-fated hijack attempt on a domestic flight from Paris to Nice. There were conflicting reports about how she was fatally wounded inside the plane. Police at first said she opened fire with a rifle and was hit in the head and chest when the police returned her fire. They had entered the plane after Mrs. Cravenne released 110 passengers and all but two of the crew. But the chief steward, who had been held as hostage, said police came on board disguis- ed as catering personnel and opened fire first. The Marseille prefect of po- lice at a briefing then said the police fired when the woman aimed her rifle at them. DIED IN AMBULANCE She died in an ambulance while being rushed to a Mar- seille hospital. Mrs. Cravenne, born Daniele Batisse. was the wife of Georges Cravenne, owner of a Paris publicity firm on the Champs Elysees. Cravenne. previously married to French film star Francoise Arnoul. could not be reached immediately. The woman hijacked the Boeing 727 on a domestic flight from Paris to Nice and demanded to be taken to Cairo. 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