The Israeli Cabinet met in Jerusalem on Sunday (22nd July) while the hi-jacked Japanese airliner remained on the tarmac at Dubai airport, after refuelling.
The Israeli Cabinet met in Jerusalem on Sunday (22nd July) while the hi-jacked Japanese airliner remained on the tarmac at Dubai airport, after refuelling. There is concern in Israel that the hi-jackers, believed to include both Japanese Red Army members and Arab guerrillas, might try to enter Israeli airspace. They are reported to have demanded the release of Kozo Okamoto, the sole survivor of the Red Army squad which attacked Lod airport in Israel last May killing 26 people.
Israeli Cabinet Ministers joined the Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Mier at her home in Jerusalem as soon as they received news of the hi-jacking. The Foreign Minister, Mr. Eban went to Jerusalem form Tel Aviv to keep in close contact with developments, while the Defence Minister, Ger. Dayan and the Transport and Communications Minister, Shimo Peres headed for Lod airport to take charge of emergency procedures.
A state of alert is being maintained at the airport and a special command headquarters has bene set up there with Gen. Dayan in charge. Israeli papers gave prominence to reports last weak that a Japanese suicide squad had bene assembled in Europe for a spectacular operation aimed against Israel. Lod airport has been ringed by security guards and other precautions have been taken to prevent the hi- jackers from trying to land the plane at Lod or from crashing it on an Israeli city.
The Cabinet met at the Prime Ministers office in Jerusalem on Sunday for seven hours. Reports later said Mrs. Meir had devoted only 5 minutes to the hi-jacking.